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.

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) Midwest and The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the 2018 Advertising Community Shorts Program this fall!

For this month's First Tuesday event, the Midwest Independent Film Festival hosted the MIDWEST PREMIERE of HESBURGH, the feature-length documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley. The film examines the life, work, challenges and triumphs of one of the most influential leaders in American history, Father Theodore Hesburgh, civil rights leader, educator, and longtime President of Notre Dame-- who also happened to be America's most well-known Catholic priest.

Filmmaker Ashley S. Brandon

In this online series, we spotlight the approach, philosophy, and work of people from around the Midwest filmmaking community with six simple questions. In this interview, we get to know filmmaker Ashley S. Brandon. Her documentary short, MICKEY'S PETS, received distinguished recognition from the first-ever Female Filmmakers Night Grand Jury. 

Female Filmmakers Night Poster

At this month's Female Filmmakers Night, co-presented by Canon, OUROBOROS was selected for the first-ever Grand Jury Prize for the event. Honorary Jury Chair Chaz Ebert, CEO of Ebert Digital and publisher of, presented the award to the film's director, Emma Keehan at the annual event. Documentary short MICKEY'S PETS, directed by Ashley S. Brandon, was also recognized with special distinction by members of the Jury.