If you're a Midwest filmmaker, we look forward to seeing your feature film, short, music video, pilot, web series or trailer! Our 2017 Call for Submissions is now open and FilmFreeway is our preferred platform for sending your work our way.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month.

Tonight 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. Tonight's moderator is Colleen Griffen Chappelle, who is currently in development on multiple projects with her husband Joe Chappelle, Executive Producer of NBC's CHICAGO FIRE. Tonight's panelists include:

Executive Produced by Carmelo Anthony, heralded by critics and fests across the country, THE LEGEND OF SWEE' PEA will make its Chicago Premiere on Tuesday, March 7th

Festival wins across the country and a cast with Emmy and Oscar noms on the resume... we are so proud to kick off 2017 with the Chicago Premiere of the film The Huffington Post declares "with movies like this, the future of indies is bright (5 stars)"...

Are you heading to Park City this month for Sundance? We’re ramping up for our SEVENTH annual MONDAY ON MAIN STREET on Monday, January 23rd from 12-2 pm. RSVP here then join us as we bring together filmmakers from East, West and Midwest out at Sundance.

We are currently accepting submissions for FEMALE FILMMAKERS NIGHT, which is solely dedicated to Midwest-made films directed by women.

It's our annual donation drive...

For the month of December, The Midwest Independent Film Festival has set the lofty yet necessary goal of attracting at least 100 donors and/or $10,000 in tax-deductible cash donations.

The Best of the Midwest Awards or “BMAs” recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured during this year's Midwest Independent Film Festival The capacity crowd of nominees, filmmakers and filmlovers was hosted by the award-winning Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 West Hubbard, on Tuesday, December 6th. Presenters included EMPIRE’s acclaimed music producer Wiz Gamb, CHICAGO FIRE star Christian Stolte and Kartemquin Films Executive Director Betsy Steinberg.

Who won this year?

Midwest Advertising Community Shorts Night

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) Midwest and The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the 2016 Advertising Community Shorts Program this fall and we want your "non-work work" (the films you make when you're not making commercials) to be a part of it! BE SURE TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM(S) NO LATER THAN JULY 31st!

Chicago Premiere of Beaver Trilogy Part 4

First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the Chicago Premiere of the Sundance, HotDocs and critics pick BEAVER TRILOGY PART IV on Tuesday, April 5th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday Night Live great Bill Hader, Sean Penn and Crispin Glover are just a few of the surprises this critics' pick has to offer. Director Brad Besser will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.