Mindy Fay Parks (Juggernaut Sci-fi & Fantasy Film Fest) and Josh Hope (Twister Alley Film Festival) have teamed up to bring the best independent films from around the globe to the Windy City International Film Festival in beautiful Chicago.

Our summer-time fest puts the emphasis on the filmmaker with plenty of networking events, after-parties, and a mimosa-filled awards brunch, which is quick and painless :D ! We also host a staged reading for our screenplay finalists!

We are dedicated to diversity and inclusion of all voices.

Best of Fest ($100 cash prize)
Best Feature Film (in each category)
Best Short Film (In each category)
Best Teaser Trailer
Best Episodic Content
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay


International and U.S. films accepted across all categories & genres. Submitter only needs to submit to ONE genre, but will be considered in all appropriate award categories.

Screener films should be submitted on digital file (Mov, Mp4).

Short films-under 40 minutes
Feature films-over 40 minutes

Films in language other than English must include English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • Amber Snyder

    Mindy and Josh know how to bring people together through film. What an inspirational weekend and all around good time!

    July 2019
  • John Marcucci

    Strong communication, well curated, fun Q&A, and even a surprise email from a small distribution company who happened to catch my film 'Incommunicado'. Thank you Josh and Mindy!

    February 2019
  • Shane Simmons

    Great festival for Chicago--excited to see what it becomes! I had a film there, and the organization was great, staff was friendly, and the filmmaker hangs were solid. Can't wait to go again!

    January 2019
  • Overall, another great festival from Josh Hope. As a filmmaker, I felt welcomed and inspired by the other talent in attendance and hope that the general audience felt the same! I can't wait to see how this festival grows and will hopefully attend again!

    September 2018
  • Freddy Qaqish

    I was not able to go But Josh was great at communicating with me and my filmmaker friends that went said it was a top rate festival. Hopefully, once my new project is complete I can resubmit and go.

    September 2018