Richard Roeper to appear at MIFF nomination event

Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper

The Chicago journalist
and film critic will join
Executive Director
Amy Guth to discuss
to discuss “The State of
Independent Filmmaking”

The Midwest Independent Film Festival has announced a new format their annual Best of the Midwest Awards, starting with a live nomination announcement event and screening on Tuesday, December 4th.

At the event, nominations in all Best of the Midwest Award categories will be announced live, followed by a screening of the five films nominated for Best Short Film, during which time, public voting will be launched to determine winners in each category ahead of the Best of the Midwest Awards gala in January.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by​ The State of Independent Filmmaking: Evolution, Opportunities and What’s Ahead,​​ a discussion with film critic​ Richard Roeper ​​moderated by MIFF Executive Director Amy Guth at 6:30 p.m. The nomination announcements begin at 7:30 p.m.

Immediately following, online and app-based voting will open to the public.

“The Best of the Midwest Awards is a long-standing pillar event of this festival, and my aim in holding both an nomination event as well as the awards event is to extend and expand the celebration of the talent and work happening here in the Midwest film community,” said Midwest Film Executive Director Amy Guth. “At its core, the Midwest Independent Film Festival is a community organizing hub, and it’s important to continually evolve programming to reflect that and better serve and uplift the film community.”

The event is part of the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s First Tuesdays event series and will take place at Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark St., Chicago. Please visit to reserve tickets.

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