All filmmakers, of any race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion, age, physical limitations, immigration status or economic status are encouraged to submit qualifying work.
The Midwest Independent Film Festival considers all submitted work equally on a basic of both technical and artistic merits.
The Midwest Film Festival accepts submissions for consideration via FilmFreeway.
August 1, 2021
October 1, 2021
The Midwest Film Festival is a year-round festival and while our general category deadline dates are listed above, please reference our advertised programming schedule to ensure the category that best fits your film has not already passed.
Virtual Feature Film Screening
Virtual Homecoming Shorts Screening
This is a new theme for The Midwest Film Festival. Normally, we only accept films produced in the Midwest, but for this theme night only we'll also be accepting submissions from all filmmakers who:
Their story was born or inspired in the Midwest
They were born here/lived in the Midwest
They went to film school in the Midwest
Comedy Shorts Screening & Summer Bash at Chi-Town Movies Drive-in
Feature Film Screening at The Gene Siskel Film Center
Celebrating Womxn Voices Screening at The Gene Siskel Film Center
This themed night has historically been called Female FIlmmaker Night. This year we have updated the title to create a more inclusive and intersectional program. For this themed night, we'll be accepting submissions for all films that were directed by individuals who identify as woman, trans, and gender non-conforming.
2021 Best of The Midwest Awards
The Midwest Film Festival is dedicated to Midwest films. Define “Midwest.”
We define the Midwest as the eight-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
What exactly do you mean by "Midwest film?"
Ideally, a “Midwest film” is one that is wholly produced in the Midwest by Midwest filmmakers. However, on an individual basis, we do also consider films produced by Midwest filmmakers outside of the Midwest and films produced by non-Midwest filmmakers within the Midwest.
So if a Chicago filmmaker shoots a film in Wyoming, would that qualify?
Films produced outside of the Midwest are considered on an individual basis. If a film is shot in Wyoming and the director, producer and lead actors are all Midwest, then it is likely we will accept that film for consideration. If a film is shot in Wyoming with an all-Wyoming cast and crew but the editor is Midwest, it is unlikely we will accept the film for consideration. The best thing to do is to e-mail us before submitting your film if you are unsure your film will qualify.
What are your specifications for film submissions (length, genre, screening format)?
The Midwest Independent Film Festival will consider films ranging anywhere from one to 120 minutes. We will consider films from all genres – narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, animated, etc. If your film is accepted to our festival, we will require BluRay, DCP or uncompressed Quicktime file for screening.
When will I be notified of my submission status?
I have more questions for you! What should I do?
No problem! Feel free to e-mail us or give Festival Executive Director Erica Duffy a call at our office: 312.642.4222.