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Midwest Film Festival’s 14th Annual Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night Set for August 28

For the 14th consecutive year, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) will host its Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night. The event showcases and celebrates the work of historically underrepresented filmmakers and their incredible stories. Nine short films will be featured at the Gene Siskel Film Center on the evening of Monday, August 28th. 

Guests are invited to arrive at 6:30 pm for a networking reception, where they and featured filmmakers can connect. At 7:00 pm, MFF will convene a special panel conversation titled “All Access: Inclusivity in the Industry” which will explore the inclusion of LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and underserved individuals in the entertainment industry featuring three working professionals speaking on their experiences. 

At 7:30 pm, the screening will begin, proudly showcasing a collection of short films filled with passion, resilience, and limitless creativity. The talented individuals in front of and behind the camera have crafted stories that will surely engulf the audience in their artistic vision and inspire. A filmmaker Q&A and after-party will cap the night off in style as those familiar with MFF events have come to expect. 

Included in the evening’s lineup are films produced in the Midwest and/or produced by Midwest filmmakers. They include: 

Something Like Intimacy by Grecia Aguilar 

ROAD HEAD by Allison Torem 

We Want A by Michelle Joy Jardine 

little canoe (there’s enough room for everyone) by Morgan Daugherty

The Prize by Maura Kidwell & David Less 

Gnosis by Peaches Wilczak 

Flower Girl by Laney Naling 

Fraser Syndrome & Me by Kyle Anne Grendys 

An Outfit by Zohra & Isaias Pérez 

Executive Director, Erica Duffy has had the privilege to oversee Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night for four years now and reflects, “It’s an honor to continue hosting this wonderful gathering of underrepresented creatives. Our industry and community is well served to include all perspectives, all voices and allow them to be heard. This night shows that and is a must see for everyone.” 

Established in 2005, MFF is an organization committed to the film scene of the Midwest and is dedicated to strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community. Events like this one look to foster creators seeking to gain a foothold in the industry. Tickets for the event are $15 for general admission, and $7 for Gene Siskel Film Center members. Tickets are available at www.midwestfilm.com/get-tickets and at the Gene Siskel Film Center website. Additional information can be found at www.midwestfilm.com.

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