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Friday, December 1
 

12:00pm

Hooray for Hoofers
Equines and other hoofed members of the furry community are welcome for a discussion about their draw to equines, their favorites, and experiences with other hooved species.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
McCarran

12:00pm

So It's Your First Furry Convention?
No question, it can all be a little .. crazy, for anyone's first time. We want to help you understand a little bit more about MFF, the furry convention world, and cover some specific topics such as: What to expect at a furry convention, how to behave, pitfalls to avoid, and just what the heck are all those black sketchbooks about, anyway? We'll also have some experienced folks on stage to help answer questions.

Speakers
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KP

Anthrocon Public Relations
Fursuiter, calligrapher, puppeteer, writer, and event programmer. In my spare time....I work at a job.
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Thumper

Support Bun, Midwest Furfest
I support the chair and the rest of your amazing volunteer MFF staff to make this convention the best we can for all of you!


Friday December 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hartsfield

12:00pm

Who Wants to be a Voice Actor?
From Bugs Bunny to Nick Wilde, anthropomorphic characters have been talking to us from childhood to adulthood. Ever wondered what goes into bringing your favorite characters to life? Now you can join in on the fun! Join TimberPuppers (Tony Crynight), Edward Bosco (Dust: An Elysian Tail), and Malcolm/Zeke (Channel Awesome) for an hour of voice acting fun! First up will be a Q&A where you can ask about everything you want to learn about voice acting. Then you can try it yourself, by volunteering to do a live reading of professional scripts starring some fluffy characters!


Friday December 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ohare

1:00pm

Creating Real Life Furries: Could We? Should We?
Discussion of the ethics and social implications creating anthrpormorphic life forms.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lindbergh

2:00pm

Furrhythmics Live!
We are the Furrhythmics, a furry barbershop group take you on a musical adventure through song! Coupled with light-hearted comedy, we are sure to amaze you and make you chuckle.

Speakers
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Nbowa

Conbook Editor, IndyFurCon


Friday December 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ohare

2:00pm

MFF Hockey
If you fancy some time away from main MFF happenings and enjoy hockey, come over to The Edge John Street ice rink (10 min away) and see furry hockey players battle for supremacy on the ice. Will it be the canines, felines, hoofers, or foxes that come out on top? There will be a 60 min scrimmage followed by on ice hockey skills in fursuits to close out the session. 

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Edge - John Street Ice Rink 545 John St, Bensenville, IL 60106

2:30pm

Greymuzzle Meet Up
A gathering of older furs, military furs, as well as those who have been in the fandom for a while. All are welcome to attend!

Speakers
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Spirit Bear

Chief Greymuzzle
Hi! I am Spirit. I am a greymuzzle fur based in the Midwest. I'm always down to make new friends, so don't be afraid to say hi!


Friday December 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lindbergh

3:00pm

TN Furs, and More - Meet and Greet
A Meet and Greet for furs in TN and surrounding states. Do you live in TN or surrounding states? Are you moving to TN? Ever come TN or plan to visit? Come join us, make some new friends, and learn about meets/events that are held (or will be) in different parts of TN! We will also be taking suggestions on meets and events to have in the future!

Speakers
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Clementine Fox

CEO/Owner and operator, FruitSuit Creations
Just a smol Halloween fennec, here have fun and meet new people! See you all soon!!


Friday December 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
John Wayne

4:00pm

Science, Tech., Engr., & Medicine Meet & Greet
A chance for anyone who works, studies, or is just interested in the science, technology, engineering, and medical fields to get together, find mutual interests, and network. Twitter group: @Sci_Furs

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
John Wayne

4:00pm

Speaking with the News Media 101
The news media is a part of everyone's life in one way or another, and no question, furry is a topic of interest from time to time. 

Learn some best practices and tips from a folks who have done a lot of work with the press, and why its so important to make sure that we're directing inquiries to the right convention leadership; regardless of which convention you're attending.

Speakers
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Kodi

Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi
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KP

Anthrocon Public Relations
Fursuiter, calligrapher, puppeteer, writer, and event programmer. In my spare time....I work at a job.


Friday December 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lindbergh

6:00pm

How to Volunteer to Help MFF
Are you interested in helping out with Furfest through volunteering your time for a convention that you love? Come to this panel to get insights from our long time staff members and our former convention chairpeople.

Speakers
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Cheetah

Contracts, Hotels and Hospitality, Midwest FurFest
Spots, sometimes rosettes and big teef.Lead a terrific team of critters all working to ensure our castle is ready for an awesomely terrific event!
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KP

Anthrocon Public Relations
Fursuiter, calligrapher, puppeteer, writer, and event programmer. In my spare time....I work at a job.
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Perro

Operations Lead, Board President, Social Media Head, Former Chairman, Midwest Furfest
I work in the legal industry, play hockey, make costumes and ride all kinds of bikes. Please direct any convention related questions or concerns to: perro (AT) furfest (DOT) org.


Friday December 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Midway

6:00pm

Intro to Improv Workshop
Get prepped to put your best foot forward for the improv show by learning some basic improv skills! Get your yes and on, and learn some other skills too, then put them to use in a few games.

Speakers
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Tiller

Director of Human Resources, Midwest Furfest


Friday December 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lindbergh

6:00pm

Otherworld Stories with Alkali & Crew
D&D is one heck of a game! Well we have a fur that has been playing D&D in the forest with 100s of other people for years at our very con! Come on out to this panel and hear about all the times he got his ass kicked. Join us for the stories and find out how you can get involved in this all to real game!


Friday December 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LAX

6:00pm

Skunks Don't Stink
Skunks, show yourselves! Skunkie Meet & Greet for all those stinkers that haven't had their butts turned into rugs! Come and meet the other Mephits at the con. If you have a suit, wear it; we'll have a photoshoot after the panel.

Speakers
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ArtySkox

Ingress Xfaction Disaster, Enlightened Chicago
Fursuiting, Ingress, Process improvement, Alcohol



Friday December 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hartsfield

9:00pm

Cards vs. Humanity Charity Event
Who is the worst person at the con? There is one sure fire way to find out! Join us for a charity event unlike any other. Free to enjoy, but donation required to get your paws on a black card, or a bigger blacker card.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Ohare

9:00pm

Scene Furries: Return to the Black Parade
Do your parents not understand you? Are you still bitter that My Chemical Romance split up? Did you never really grow out of your scene "phase?" Then this is where you belong! Come and join the black parade. (A purely comedic panel.)

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Sky Harbor

10:00pm

WTF, with GoH Russ Adams
Russ sounds off about some of the more frustrating and degrading moments working in the industry.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hartsfield
 
Saturday, December 2
 

11:00am

The Blind Side
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be blind? Come join Citrine as he shows you the interesting aspects of being a blind furry in a sighted world. Don't be shy, bring your questions!

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Logan

1:00pm

Hoofer Meet and Greet
Meet up and discussion for those with hoofed mammal fursonas and fursuits. EX: horses, ponies, deer, giraffe, etc

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
John Wayne

1:00pm

Military Furs
Are you currently serving in the military or have served before then come on down and have some fun as we can hang out and tell stories, and yes you can bring your family with you.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lindbergh

1:00pm

Sergals: The World of Vilous
What exactly is a sergal? Where do they come from? Come join members of the official Vilous Team for a discussion on sergals! Learn about the history of sergals, other Vilous races, and the sci-fi world they inhabit. A casual meet & greet will follow, so if you are yourself a sergal, come say hi!

Speakers
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Anix

Team Member, Vilous


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Logan

2:00pm

Convention War Stories
Come out and see what happens behind the closed doors of conventions. Sit back and listen to the stories that you were never meant to find out about from our panel of convention staff and board members. Enjoy the stories and find out why that cop was shaking his head well laughing.


Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LAX

2:00pm

Cryptocurrency for Furry Artists and Commissioners
Stories of artists or commissioners being ripped off because of fraudulent disputes are often abuzz on social media. The most popular payment mechanisms can be extremely hostile at the worst possible moment, and this can directly affect artists' livelihood. Free yourself of this hassle by accepting payment via cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin or Zcash.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Logan

2:00pm

Surviving Reality, with GoH Russ Adams
In this panel, Russ adams discusses the misconceptions of life on a reality show. This panel is based on his book, currently in presale, Surviving Reality: This Is Not That Show.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Midway

2:00pm

Instagram Furs Meetup
A meeting ground for those who thrive using the social media platform, Instagram, or for those who would just like to meet some familiar faces.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DFW

5:00pm

Video Furs
Come join us and learn how to make videos for any media platform! This is an interactive panel where Furs can collaborate with each other and participate in making short skits!

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sky Harbor

7:00pm

The 3 Headed Monster
Three 20 minute stand up shows combined into one! The Three Headed Monster is back once again to prove to themselves that stage fright can be overcome by persistence, practice and tequila.


Saturday December 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hartsfield

7:00pm

Inflatable Furs
This is an open forum for inflatable furs to show off their toys and have fursuiters get their photos with them.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DFW

7:30pm

Furry Speed Mingle
New to the Furry world, or just want to make some new friends? Come down to Furry Speed Mingle! This is a great way to meet new furs and alleviate the stress. Furry Speed Mingle is set up like speed dating, you and another fur are paired together, talk for a little bit, and then switch to the next fur. It gives you a chance to meet new furs and leave out the awkward silence!

Speakers
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Chastin

CEO, Cute Kitten Co.


Saturday December 2, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
LAX

8:00pm

Dragget Show Live
Join Xander the Dragon, Alkali the Ferret, and a special guest or 2. These guys record a podcast LIVE AT MFF! Come watch as they talk about anything and everything and nothing. 18+ because Alkali will be there. Come for the panel, and stay for the "turn off your cameras and recording devices, lets tell you something stupid about Alkali for charity" story. Once again, 18+.


Saturday December 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hartsfield

8:00pm

Angel Dragon Meet and Greet
Panel for the Species Dutch Angel dragons. Come meet the community and more!

Speakers
avatar for Telephone

Telephone

Owner, SkyPro Costumes
Deanna Biesemeyer is a 24 year old fursuit marker, artist and performer. She started to make fursuits when she was just 12 years old and has since mastered the skill of fursuit making. Currently she works full-time under her own company Skypro Costumes where she has since made over... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Ohare

9:30pm

Jackbox After Dark
"Do you like to press buttons on your phone or tablet? Are you always making witty remarks at inopportune times? Do you like fun and overly verbose panel descriptions?

Then boy have we got the panel for you.

It's Jackbox, a series of multi-player audio-video games that let you channel your inner smart ass for the delight of all. We'll be playing a lot of Quiplash and possibly Drawful or other games depending on how long we have. There may even be famous fuzzy guest panelists.

Audience members will be selected to play against said panelists, and everyone will be able to affect & be involved in the games! Come show us what an underappreciated comic genius you are. See you there!"


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Hartsfield
 
Sunday, December 3
 

10:00am

Absent Friends and Family
Unfortunately, there are members of the furry fandom who sadly can no longer join us at our conventions, or in our lives. We take this time to open up space to remember those that we have lost in recent years, including well loved former MFF staff.

Speakers
avatar for DataHawk

DataHawk

Vice Chair, Midwest Furfest


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Lambert

10:00am

Aviation Furs
Meet and greet for all aviation furs! From student to airline, mechanics, controllers, RC and sim enthusiasts, all are welcome!

Speakers
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Vulan

Pilot
Pilot, flight instructor, aircraft mechanic, ham radio operator (KL0FOX), fox!


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Seatac

10:30am

Outdoor and Recreation Furs
Meetup for the outdoor recreation enthusiast including hiking, camping, mountaineering, skiing, biking, watersports, etc. This is an opportunity to meet others, plan potential future excursions, and exchange stories from the outdoors!

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Sky Harbor

11:00am

FursOfColor Social
This is a panel that are for POC (People of Color) and their allies to come, meet one another, and talk about things concerning our current affairs in the fandom.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McCarran

12:30pm

Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting
The annual meeting for the Board of Directors for Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., the parent corporation of Midwest FurFest. This meeting is open to the public! Please note that this meeting is intended for corporate, not convention, business. Issues with the convention itself should be brought to the feedback session at Closing Ceremonies.

Sunday December 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Seatac

1:00pm

Birds Meetup
A meetup for the feathered individuals at the convention! Whether you're all bird, part bird, like birds, or just a friend of a bird, feel free to stop by for this meetup!


Sunday December 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McCarran

2:00pm

Photography With TsudoDog
Explore photography with Tsudo, from taking better images to working with Lightroom in order to process raw files. Learn the basics of flash photography and overcoming the challenges of shooting within a convention space.

Speakers

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lindbergh

2:00pm

YouTube Furs - Ep.2 - Getting Fuzzier
Welcome back to the world of Furry Youtube and online video! Returning again this year because we had a lot of fun last time. Are you a viewer, a creator, or someone who wishes to jump into the scene? Then drop in and meet up with other curious folks and veterans of video making. Learn from some who've been in the game for a while, meet some content makers, ask questions, and share some of what you do. There's a lot of great content being created by furs, and we are eager to foster a community of fuzzy creators. So come on by and hit record!


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seatac