THE KINGS OF SUMMER, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts,THE KINGS OF SUMMER, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts,

The Midwest Independent Film Festival unveiled their list of nominees for 2013 Best of the Midwest Awards. The Midwest Independent Film Festival in Chicago, describes itself as the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month. Films nominated for Best Film of 2013 include THE KINGS OF SUMMER, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts, SOLE SURVIVOR, directed by Ky Dickens, BORN IN CHICAGO, directed by John Anderson, QWERTY, directed by Bill Sebastian, BE GOOD, directed by Todd Looby and SHE LOVES ME NOT, directed by Brian Jun and Jack Sanderson. The 2013 Best of the Midwest Awards Gala Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Best Music Video
Rouse Yourself, directed by Billy Bungeroth
I.L.O.U., directed by Michael Starcevich
Float Away, directed by Thom Glunt
Blood Is Blood, directed by Frank Donnangelo
Waiting for Godot, directed by Caitlin Pashalek
Dream Bigger Dreams, directed by Sandro

Best Short Film
Best If Used By, directed by Aemilia Scott
Paraiso, directed by Nadav Kurtz
Eugene, directed by Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky
’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card, directed by Todd Sklar
The Queen of My Dreams, directed by Fawzia Mirza and Ryan Logan
Sparkle, directed by Julia Reichert and Stephen Bognar
The Ghosts, directed by Eddie O’Keefe

Best Editing
Spencer Sachs and Jordan Olshansky, Eugene
Nadav Kurtz and Anthony Gannon, Paraiso
Anna Patel, Sole Survivor
Jan Maitland, Dream Bigger Dreams
Bill Sebastian and Clinton Noel Williams, QWERTY

Best Actress
Aemilia Scott, Best If Used By
Megan Mullaly, The Kings of Summer
Amy Siemetz, Be Good
Dana Pupkin, QWERTY
Amy Speckien, Kat and Willy
Kate Cobb, The Ghosts

Best Cinematography
Mike Gibisser, Be Good
Ross Riege, The Kings of Summer
Delaney Teichler, The Ghosts
Ryan Samul, She Loves Me Not
Christopher Barrett, Best If Used By

Best Screenplay
Maria Finitzo, Life Lessons
Juliet McDaniel, QWERTY
Aemilia Scott, Best If Used By
Brian Jun and Jack Sanderson, She Loves Me Not
Todd Looby, Be Good

Best Actor 
Thomas J. Madden, Be Good
Nick Offerman, The Kings of Summer
Christian Stolte, Graveyard
Alex Beh, Coffees
Eric Hailey, QWERTY
David Pasquesi, Graveyard

Best Director
John Anderson, Born In Chicago
Ky Dickens, Sole Survivor
Aemilia Scott, Best If Used By
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, The Kings of Summer
Todd Looby, Be Good
Todd Sklar, ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card

Best Feature
The Kings of Summer, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts
Sole Survivor, directed by Ky Dickens
Born In Chicago, directed by John Anderson
QWERTY, directed by Bill Sebastian
Be Good, directed by Todd Looby
She Loves Me Not, directed by Brian Jun and Jack Sanderson


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