MFF’s Best of the Midwest Awards returns to Gene Siskel Center

Kicking off a new season, The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) shines a spotlight on the winning short films of the Best of The Midwest Awards.

These films exemplify what our region does so well, and it is a great opportunity to celebrate this beautiful work on the big screen.

In 2023, MFF will host screenings again at the Gene Siskel Film Center on the last MONDAY of each month, with networking receptions, creator Q&As, and our after-parties in the area.

Film Lineup:

Fish Eye by Colin Parker
Heartsong by Aurora Real de Asua
La Folie by Jessica Danielle Batson
Period Drama by Anushka Tina Nair & Lauryn Anthony
Repeater by Carbon Creative Studio
Rough River Lake by Mary Tilden

The films themselves are a diverse group of several genres and mediums, now with the distinction of having won a BMA in one or more categories back in November 2022.

Best of The Midwest Awards

MFF Event Coordinator Carlos Rogelio Diaz says, “I’m happy to see this work back on the big screen. These shorts ranging from live action to animation, (and a little in between) offer up some poignant moments and perhaps a laugh or two.”

Followers of the Midwest Film Festival can expect screenings on the last Monday of each month, with a few holiday exceptions. All 2023 dates can be seen at Having been established in 2005, MFF is an organization committed to the film scene of the Midwest and is dedicated to strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community. 

MFF’s Executive Director Erica Duffy states, “2022 was an incredible season with numerous sold-out screenings. I’m looking forward to keeping our momentum going this year by continuing to show off the work and talent of the Midwest.”

On Monday, January 30, the evening’s schedule will consist of a 6:30pm NETWORKING RECEPTION followed by the SCREENING, FILMMAKER Q&A, and AFTER PARTY. Tickets for the event are $15 for general admission, and $7 for Gene Siskel Film Center members.

Tickets are available at and at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

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