LaRoyce Hawkins

On Tuesday, December 5th, we will be celebrating the finest in Midwest filmmaking as well an exceptional year for The Midwest Independent Film Festival.  The Best of the Midwest Awards Celebration will recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured throughout the 2017 season at the Midwest Independent Film Festival.  This year's celebration will take place at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street in Chicago. 

Join us on December 5th!  Click here for tickets.

New Executive Director of the Midwest Independent Film Festival

11/3/17:  Today Mike McNamara stepped down as Executive Director of The Midwest Independent Film Festival. We thank him for his years of service and leadership and wish him luck in his personal and professional endeavors. Effective immediately, The Midwest Independent Film Festival co-founder Mike Kwielford will serve as Interim Executive Director through the end of the 2017 season while we begin a formal search for a permanent successor.

Tuesday at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, the evening opens with THE PRODUCERS PANEL, 6:30 pm right in the theater. The topic for the evening is "Music and Your Movie." We are excited to announce our moderator for the night is Melissa Thornley of Melissa Thornley Consulting. Tuesday's esteemed panelists include:

First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts its ninth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night on Tuesday, November 7th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

Here it is... the lineup for Advertising Community Shorts Night 2017!

First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts its ninth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night on Tuesday, November 7th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

We will announce this year's lineup here on midwestfilm.com on or near Tuesday, October 24, stay tuned! Special thanks to our selection jury, which met this month to determine the lineup.

Tuesday at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, the evening opens with THE INVESTORS PANEL, 6:30 pm right in the theater. The panel will bring together brand-new investors, veteran investors, and the producers who court them. Tuesday's panelists include:

Fawzia Mirza, wearing the hats of lead actor, co-writer and producer for the SXSW hit and Outfest Grand Jury Prize Winner SIGNATURE MOVE, will be joined by Director Jennifer Reeder and Producer Brian Hieggelke for a post-premiere Q&A this Tuesday, October 3rd at the Midwest Independent Film Festival...

SIGNATURE MOVE, declared “One of the Most Anticipated American Films of 2017” by Filmmaker Magazine, premieres with the Midwest Independent Film Festival, and at a special venue this month, the historic Music Box Theatre...

This year's selection jury for Advertising Community Shorts Night boasts an all-star cast of top creatives and producers from throughout the Midwest advertising community...

Opening the night for our annual Pilot Showcase is one of our most exciting TV Producers Panels to date! The new Showtime series THE CHI, the Amazon series PATRIOT, THIS IS US, SCANDAL, CHICAGO FIRE, CSI: LOS ANGELES...

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