About Schedule Film Submission The City of Lockport Sponsors

Midwest Waterways Film Festival

Unfortunately, due to not receiving enough submissions, we’ve had to postpone our film festival. We hope to be back in 2022. Watch for details.

Whether you are a filmmaker or a film buff, the MWFF is a great opportunity to see the storytelling talents of the independent film industry. Come enjoy these creative works at ROXY Lockport, an art deco themed venue in the heart of Lockport, Illinois’ historic downtown. 

Submitted films can be any length. Between films, there will be an opportunity to discuss the work with the filmmakers themselves. On nights with multiple films, the audience will vote on their favorite film and the winner will take home the ticket sales for that evening as a prize.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance. ROXY will have a cash bar as well as snacks available for purchase. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended to ensure seating availability. Attendees: Films are required to have a comparable PG-13 rating. 

To purchase tickets to the event in advance, please call or text ROXY Lockport at (815) 582-1306


Sorry for the inconvenience, but due to not getting enough film submissions, the Midwest Waterways Film Festival has been postponed. We hope to be able to bring it back in 2022.

Film Submission

Looking to show your film in 2021?

Unfortunately, the film festival has been postponed due to not receiving enough submissions. We hope to be back in 2022. Watch for details.

Welcome! The MWFF has been created to allow filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and dialogue with audience members afterward. ROXY Lockport provides a small and intimate setting for just such an opportunity. Films can be finished works, works in progress, or edited down from longer versions. Films require an entry fee of $10. With an entry fee, contestants will receive 2 complimentary gate tickets.

Deadline for entries is July 17th

Recognition will be awarded for best film of the evening as voted on by the audience. This will be peer-reviewed each night through a ballot. The film with the most votes will take home the ticket sales for that night. 

Link to submit films:

*Please call (815) 502-1306 to arrange payment of submission fee*

Other Stuff:

Producers who would like to have their work incorporated into the promotional materials of the MWFF may send a 1000×1000 pixel (minimum resolution) still shot from their work, along with artist name and title. The MWFF will/may use it in the promotion of the festival while giving due credit to the artist. The MWFF will be promoted in area magazines, periodicals, posters, and social media.

Send your stills to Roxy@trinityservices.org subject line “Stills” OR to:

Roxy Lockport
1017 S State Street 
Lockport IL 60441



The City of Lockport

The city of Lockport is located 30 miles south-west of Chicago. Its downtown is a Nationally Recognized Historic District and was the headquarters of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Downtown Lockport has a number of restaurants all within walking distance of ROXY Lockport.
While in town, visit Lockport’s Illinois State Museum campus, The Canyons disc golf course (top rated in the state), Legacy Adventure Park, Hell’s gate Haunted House (ranked top haunted house attraction for 2018), and more. 


Thank you to Trinity Services for the use of ROXY Lockport. For those interested in renting the theater for their own use, contact Maggie Ruane.  roxy@trinityservices.org


Lockport, Illinois