Midwest Film Festival hosts the Midwest Premiere of Code of the Freaks

Midwest Film Festival‘s (MFF) June First Tuesdays event will feature Salome Chasnoff‘s Code of the Freaks. This documentary challenges the realism of Hollywood’s portrayals of disabled people throughout decades of western filmmaking. On June 7th we hope you will join us for an important conversation and examination. The feature film will be accompanied by the … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival hosts the Midwest Premiere of Code of the Freaks”

Midwest Film Festival presents Alternative Takes for May’s First Tuesdays

The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) presents Alternative Takes for May’s upcoming First Tuesdays event. This collection of nine short films offer distinct atmospheres, each with their own unique point of view. The selection features a range of dark humor, heartfelt expressions, and a mix of experiences for the senses. May 3rd will be a one-of-a-kind … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival presents Alternative Takes for May’s First Tuesdays”

Midwest Film Festival presents Relative a film by Michael Glover Smith

The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) presents its second entry of their 2022 season. On Tuesday, April 5, at 7 pm, MFF will host an hour-long networking soiree before featuring the Midwest premiere of Michael Glover Smith’s feature-length film: Relative at 8 pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center. This screening will be followed by a … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival presents Relative a film by Michael Glover Smith”

Midwest Film Festival presents The Best of The Midwest Awards

Midwest Film Festival presents their annual awards gala – Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs) on Tuesday, February 1st at CineCity Chicago. Starting at 7:00pm, guests are invited to enjoy networking, an open bar, groovy DJ tunes, and lite bites.  8:00pm begins the exciting awards ceremony that includes clips from each nominated film, special guests from the community … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival presents The Best of The Midwest Awards”

Gene Siskel Center and Midwest Film Festival partner on MFF 2021 season

The Gene Siskel Film Center will partner with the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) as the host venue for the MFF 2021 film lineup. The partnership, which was set to roll out in early 2020 but delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, will kick off Saturday, October 2, at 6pm, with a celebratory event and screening ofthe … Continue reading “Gene Siskel Center and Midwest Film Festival partner on MFF 2021 season”

Running the festival circuit with Midwest Film Festival

Join The Midwest Film Festival exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 9th from 6 PM – 7 PM CST for a panel conversation led by industry pros. They’ll share their vast knowledge and experience in running the festival circuit and the success they’ve had. All attendees who register via Eventbrite will automatically be entered to win … Continue reading “Running the festival circuit with Midwest Film Festival”

Two weeklong Best of the Midwest Film Festival Awards

The Midwest Film Festival will be hosting the Best of the Midwest Film Festival Awards for the 2020 season through January 14th. The event will include access to streaming of their 2020 program as well as a live virtual awards show and raffle event on January 14th from 7 – 9PM CST. The festival will … Continue reading “Two weeklong Best of the Midwest Film Festival Awards”

Midwest Film Festival resumes with a night at the drive-in

Come and enjoy an amazing line-up for Female Filmmaker Night. The ChiTown Drive-in opens at 7:00pm and the screening begins at 8:15pm, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. In partnership with Chi Town Movies and The Gene Siskel Film Center, the Midwest Film Festival announces that they are resuming their 2020 season programming with … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival resumes with a night at the drive-in”

Camera Ambassador announces Community Builders Grant 2022 winner

Following another competitive season, the Community Builders Grant, in association with Camera Ambassador, has announced its annual film winner naming Video Funeral as its 2022 award recipient. This year the annual short-form film fund and production resources grant organization’s endowment was sponsored by Camera Ambassador. The equipment rental house is one of only three nationwide … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Community Builders Grant 2022 winner”

Chicago filmmaker Michael Smith premieres fourth feature at Siskel Center

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center will co-present the world theatrical premiere of Chicago filmmaker Michael Smith’s fourth feature film, Relative. Screenings will be held at the Film Center on Friday, June 10 at 7pm; Wednesday, June 15 at 8pm and Thursday, June 16 at 8:15pm. Each screening will … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Michael Smith premieres fourth feature at Siskel Center”

Live Screening for Big Teeth Small Shorts and a Reel Chicago discount

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival is back and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery the evening of Thursday, June 9th – with special discount for Reel Chicago readers! The short form film festival features truly independent filmmakers from across the globe – as well as some local Chicagoans – and gives … Continue reading “Live Screening for Big Teeth Small Shorts and a Reel Chicago discount”

Camera Ambassador presents 2022 Community Builders Grant

Calling all Midwest filmmakers! Apply by March 31st at 11:59 pm for the 2022 Community Builders Grant. The Community Builders Grant is the annual short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. The mission is to help build bridges between Midwest filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador presents 2022 Community Builders Grant”

Reel Women: Erica Duffy sole owner of Camera Ambassador

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Erica Duffy are making “Herstory.” Erica Duffy is the sole owner of Camera Ambassador, the … Continue reading “Reel Women: Erica Duffy sole owner of Camera Ambassador”

Watch the winning films from the 2021 Best of The Midwest Awards

Midwest Film Festival is kicking off the 2022 season with a screening featuring the winning films from The 2021 Best of The Midwest Awards!   With stories that range from comedy to documentary to experimental, the Best of the Midwest Showcase will have something for everybody. 2021 Best of The Midwest screening will begin Tuesday, March 1st … Continue reading “Watch the winning films from the 2021 Best of The Midwest Awards”

Interview: Director Kamelya Alexan winner of the MFF Empowerment Award

Director and self-proclaimed wearer of many hats, Kamelya Alexan won the Empowerment Award at the 2022 Midwest Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest Awards, for her short, Changing The Disciple. It is the story of Shango Johnson, a former gang leader born on the south side of Chicago, who wanted something more out of life … Continue reading “Interview: Director Kamelya Alexan winner of the MFF Empowerment Award”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner

After months of careful consideration & hundreds of community votes, Camera Ambassador introduces this year’s 2021 Community Builders Grant winner Link Wolfe.  His team’s project Zero Mile Mark is a horror short film about a troubled teen who is forcibly sent to a wilderness retreat program in the woods for “rehabilitation.” We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner”

MFF celebrates Homecoming Night virtual showcase

Join the Midwest Film Festival for a special evening celebrating Homecoming Night, a virtual gathering of homegrown Midwestern talent and stories. The evening begins Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 6:00 PM with a pre-screening panel, then a showcase of the works of eight filmmakers, finishing the evening with a filmmakers Q&A. The Midwest Film Festival is the … Continue reading “MFF celebrates Homecoming Night virtual showcase”

Chicago filmmaker Kamelya Alexan screens doc at MFF

Chicago Producer/Director Kamelya Alexan is no stranger to the film festival world. Having an award winning short, Before the Fall screened around the world, filmmaking never stops. Her current project Changing the Disciple will be screening at the Midwest Film Festival ( MFF ) this Thursday, May 27th. Changing the Disciple is a documentary short … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Kamelya Alexan screens doc at MFF”

Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant

The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. Their mission is to help build bridges between filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them with the necessary tools to create. This grant supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, … Continue reading “Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant”

MFF presents Music Video/Music in Film Night

On November 16th, Midwest Film Festival will be hosting an event that will be showcasing selected works focused on music and its impact in film as well as how films and videos can be built around music. The evening will showcase the talents of various filmmakers as well as musicians.  From social justice to choreographed … Continue reading “MFF presents Music Video/Music in Film Night”

MFF Union & Indie Passion Projects exciting lineup

Join Midwest Film Festival and The Gene Siskel Film Center on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00pm at the CHI-Town Movies Drive-In with a brand new themed night to celebrate the passion projects created by Union & Indie Filmmakers.  This night is all about celebrating the short films created not only by indie filmmakers, but also members of … Continue reading “MFF Union & Indie Passion Projects exciting lineup”

Midwest Film Fest announces drive-in events

The Midwest Film Festival is delighted to announce three upcoming events to round out the 2020 season, all taking place at Chi-Town Movies Drive-In, located in Pilsen. Based on the sold-out success last month of Female Filmmakers Shorts Night, Erica Duffy, Executive Director, and the MFF Board, want to charge ahead with screenings, to fulfill … Continue reading “Midwest Film Fest announces drive-in events”

Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF

Reel Chicago goes Behind the Scenes with Manuela Hung on the making of her fascinating documentary, Handpan Journey premiering at Midwest Film Festival’s Female Filmmaker Night. If there was a Chicago award for lifetime achievement, dedication and love for film, Manuela Hung would be a top contender.  She has been an active part of Chicago’s … Continue reading “Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF”

Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday

Round Two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held on Thursday, May 28th. The Town Hall meetings bring together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries and … Continue reading “Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday”

MFF offers free online Comedy Shorts Program

Just when we needed it the most, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) is participating in #GivingTuesday by giving viewers access to their Comedy Shorts Program online, free of charge. Originally presented in February as the 2020 season opener program, there are 10 films available to view that touch on a wide variety of topics, all with one goal … Continue reading “MFF offers free online Comedy Shorts Program”

MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy

Erica Duffy, a transplant from San Francisco, has been part of the Chicago film community for 6 years and counting. No stranger to film production, she’s the proud owner of Camera Ambassador, a local rental house in Chicago. Camera Ambassador provides resources and services to filmmakers such as workshops and screenings.  The space also hosts … Continue reading “MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy”

Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

Angie Gaffney chaperones a lot of dreams in the Windy City. As Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance — an organization recently formed by combining the Independent Filmmaker Project with Stage 18 — she helps people achieve their goals, and their goals are to make movies. Or short films. Or pilots. Or web … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney”

Erica Duffy describes her Midwest Film Fest vision

For the past 15 years, the Midwest Independent Film Festival has been showcasing Midwest filmmakers at monthly screenings known as “First Tuesdays.” Over the past two years, MIFF leadership, board members, and volunteers have weathered personnel changes, programming challenges, and attendance ebbs and flows. Now, the Fest is embarking on a major transformation, led by … Continue reading “Erica Duffy describes her Midwest Film Fest vision”

Midwest Indie Film Fest names Amy Guth Exec Director

Chicago media personality and executive Amy Guth joins organization dedicated to creative community-building for Midwestern filmmakers   (Chicago — 2 July 2018) The Midwest Independent Film Festival (MIFF) — the year-round film festival dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community — today named Amy Guth as Executive Director. Guth is a WGN-AM 720 … Continue reading “Midwest Indie Film Fest names Amy Guth Exec Director”