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.
February 8, 2020
March 22, 2020
Female Filmmaker Shorts
May 16, 2020
Union Passion Project Shorts
August 24, 2020
Advertising Community Shorts
October 2, 2020
Music Videos & Music Shorts
The Midwest Independent 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.