Last month, we launched the new Midwest Independent Film Festival Conversation Series, an event series to explore topics in-depth through workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. This inaugural event, Finding Success in the Chicago Production Industry: a panel discussion with Chicago film industry professionals, was hosted by Stage 18 and produced in partnership with p3 mediaworks.

Now that our Spring Donation Drive has come to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you for all your support to help us fund essential operational and programming costs in the Springtime months ahead.

It's time for the Midwest Independent Film Festival's Spring Donation Drive and we hope we can count on your support to help us fund essential operational and programming costs in the (thankfully warmer!) Springtime months ahead. As a non-profit organization, we rely on your critical support throughout the year to continue our work in serving the Midwest film community. 

We're proud to present the Midwest Independent Film Festival Conversation Series, an event series to explore topics in-depth through workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. 

Inspired by positive feedback on our monthly Producers Panels prior to each First Tuesday screening event, we've developed this series to offer additional ways to help support the Midwest film community. Each event will be held separately from our usual first-Tuesday-of-each-month screening events, and will bring people together from all career levels to talk, listen and learn. 

Filmmaker networking event Monday On Main Street at Sundance Film Festival in beautifuk Park City, UT is back, and better than ever! This year, we're co-hosting the event at The Wine Dive (1251 Kearns Blvd. in Park City) from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday, January 28. We'll be there with information on our monthly programming, special events, filmmaker resources, and most of all, to raise a glass to the film community as we step into the new and expanded 2019 season of the Midwest Independent Film Festival!

The Best of the Midwest Awards celebrated the finest in Midwest filmmaking as well an exceptional year and new era for the Midwest Independent Film Festival. The Awards recognized the films and filmmakers featured throughout the 2018 season at the festival in eleven categories:

Best Music Video: "4 Leaf Clover" directed by Andre Muir for Ravyn Lenae [watch]

Our mission at the Midwest Independent Film Festival is to support and showcase the Midwest film community, which we do through educational panels, networking and screenings all year, as well as through the upcoming Best of the Midwest Awards Gala. But, sometimes the "starving artist" thing is no joke; sometimes it's quite literal.

As December rolls along, niche blogs post gift guides for the bakers, wine enthusiasts, sports fans, Trekkies, crafters and other specific groups of folks in our lives, and filmmakers, we're glad to tell you, are no exception. We sifted through tons of film blogs and found this collection of film-related gift guides to help you out, or, say, for you to casually leave up on an open laptop to help drop hints. Whatever you need to do.

Nominees for the annual Best of the Midwest Awards are out and online voting is now open to the public! The announcements came at a live nomination announcement event this week as part of our monthly First Tuesdays event series, and was followed by a screening of the five films nominated in the Best Short Film category. Online voting will remain open until December 21, after which time results will help determine winners of Best of the Midwest Awards in each category.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival's annual Donate in December campaign is back! As the only film festival solely dedicated to serving and uplifting the Midwest filmmaker and film community, our year-round film festival is continually expanding and evolving programming to support all members of the local film community at every career stage, and in 2019, our goals are bigger than ever.

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