Two weeklong Best of the Midwest Film Festival Awards

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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 showcase some of the best films submitted to the festival throughout 2020 and will highlight the talented filmmakers who poured their passion into these projects. 


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This year, voting will be in the hands of the ticket holders. They will be the ones to decide who wins each category. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $100 for VIP. VIP ticket holders, along with all general admission access will also receive one Film Freeway submission for the 2021 season, ten raffle tickets, one entry into the VIP only raffle, and two tickets to any 2021 MFF screening. 10% of all VIP tickets will go directly towards the MFF 2021 filmmaker submission waiver fund! 

Additionally, if a 2021 MFF Membership is added to any BMA ticket there will be a $10 discount. 


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This year has certainly been an adjustment for everyone, especially the film community. That is why MFF has worked hard to bring their audiences engaging and creative events that showcase the talent and passion of the Midwest. This is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss! Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets and join the Midwest Film Festival Facebook fundraiser to support 2021 programming! 

Nominees: 

The Best of the Midwest Award – Grand Prize 

Dubious Ruffians by Kevin Pickman 

Cool for Five Seconds by Dani Wieder 

I’m Literally Dying by Sweet Baby Productions 

Dad Man Walking by John T. O’Brien & Clare Cooney 

Love is War – Attack on Sound by Dir Ty Omni & Davo Sounds 

Best Director 

Dubious Ruffians by Kevin Pickman 

Cool for Five Seconds by Dani Wieder 

Brothers from the Suburbs by Patrick Wimp 

Go Ahead, Grab Time by the Throat by Abby Pierce & Clare Cooney 

Best Cinematography 

My Mind by Alec Basse & Max Moore 

Cool for Five Seconds by Dani Wieder 

Brothers from the Suburbs by Patrick Wimp 

Love is War – Attack on Sound by Dir Ty Omni & Davo Sounds 

Best Editing 

Spare Me by Mack Neaton 

Jack and Anna by Ksenia Ivanova 

They Don’t Know About Us by Kerri Walsh 

The Most Important Thing by Alex Mangen 

Empowerment Award 

Viktory by Stephanie Jeter 

Go Go, Boy! by Oriana Oppice 

Our Transition by Connor O’Keefe 

Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story by Jeff Berebitsky 

Best Actress 

Joette Waters as Sculty – Sculty 

Kate Smith as Jack/Helen – Jack & Anna 

Abby Pierce as Abby – Go Ahead, Grab Time by The Throat 

Katherine Bourne Taylor as Colleen – Cool for Five Seconds 

Best Actor 

Marcus Owens as Bobby – Go Go, Boy! 

John T. O’ Brien as Dad – Dad Man Walking 

Ron E. Rains as Leonard – Dubious Ruffians 

Richard David as Free – Brothers from the Suburbs 

Best Sound Design 

Stairs by Jeph Porter 

Sculty by Layne Marie Williams 

Silence is Silver by Patrick Lewtschanyn 

The Sound by Katrina Brede & Jason Connelly 

Best Production Design 

Spare Me by Mack Neaton 

Jack and Anna by Ksenia Ivanova 

Mellow Yellow by Jessica Batson 

Silence is Silver by Patrick Lewtschanyn 

Best Use of Prop 

“Sock” – Sock by Robert Postronzy 

“Sloth” – They Don’t Know About Us by Kerri Walsh 

“Barbies” – Girl Over Here by Lincoln Rogers & Tony Rogers 

“Steph’s Hand” – I’m Literally Dying by Sweet Baby Production 


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