MCIIFF Founder


MCIIFF Founder ~ Susan R. Strowhorn




The Midwest Christian-Inspirational Indie Film Festival was established to bring
Christian and Inspirational films to the Midwest from all over the country and
abroad to be screened and premiered to an audience excited about this genre of
creative work. The dream became a reality in September 2011. An abundance of
FAITH, PRAYER and HARD WORK from founder Susan Strowhorn and partner
Dion Strowhorn Sr. proved this event, held in Chicago would be much
appreciated and very welcomed! Susan set her goals on doing this festival in
Excellence, as only GOD would want. She credits her zest for life and deep
spiritual roots to her awesome family and very SPIRITED mother-Emily, who
gave her an early foundation on the magnitude of what GOD can do, if you just
simply ask!! Susan attends Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana, where
the message of creative Kingdom Building is evident through the leadership of
Pastors Steve & Melodye Munsey. Susan has always enjoyed the spotlight and
the entertainment industry from quite an early age. She enjoys filmmaking and all
the aspects of it. She studied film and acting during her college years at
Columbia College in Chicago. She knew then that GOD had big plans for her, but
just didn’t know what they were. She established 9x18ProductionS in 2009, an
independent production company with Dion, to create a foundation of positive,
uplifting, inspirational independent films that could be relative to anyone’s daily
life situation. Susan sees this film festival as a refreshing change to what
Chicago has to offer in the film industry. This year Susan has moved forward with
having MCIIFF Incorporated. This awesome event is now a not-for-profit,
charitable organization. Through fund-raising efforts, MCIIFF will provide
scholarship opportunities and other benefits to a community of filmmakers
wishing to create Christian-Inspirational film, video, animated stories, web-series
and documentaries. She’d love for you to take time from your busy schedule to
join us in Chicago for an unforgettable Film Festival experience like no other.

“My hope is that the world be forever changed by what we say, see, hear and do
creatively, through positive, uplifting, faith-filled visionaries, to further GOD’s
Kingdom!” Peace, Love & Blessings!! xoxo
Susan R. Strowhorn~