Twister Alley Film Festival's Josh Hope (MovieMaker's Top 50 Fests Worth The Entry Fee & FilmFreeway Top 100 Reviewed) and Juggernaut Sci-Fi Film Fest's Mindy Fay Parks are teaming up to bring the best independent films from around the globe to the Windy City Film Festival and beautiful Chicago.

Films and screenplays of all genres accepted including:
Features (all genres)
Comedy Shorts
Drama Shorts
Documentary Shorts
Foreign Shorts
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shorts
Animation Shorts
WTF Shorts (weird, dark and/or twisted)
Chicago Shorts (any filmmaker/producer/actor with Chicago ties encouraged to submit)
Music Videos
Contest Screenplay (Feature & Short)

Best of Fest
Best Feature Film (in each category)
Best Short Film (In each category)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Contest Screenplay (Feature & Short)


Films of all lengths (short & feature) and all genres (animated, comedy, drama, sci-fi, fantasy, action, horror, documentary, foreign, music videos) are welcome to submit. Submitter only needs to submit to ONE genre, but will be considered in all appropriate categories.

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

Films in language other than English must include English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • Elias Plagianos

    Great festival run by a great team of true indie filmmakers. Amazing communication, venue, and films.

    September 2017
  • Jak Gavriel

    If you get into this festival, your film won't be playing to an empty theater. It was a very hospitable atmosphere where it was easy to mix & meet with other filmmakers. This being their very first year, I was amazed how successful it was, and as a native Chicagoan I look forward to watching this festival grow.

    August 2017
  • Tommy Martin

    What a great festival! I was blown away with this being the first year. The Mercury Theater was the perfect location. Fantastic people with very generous and supportive coordinators, Josh and Mindy. Thankful to be included.

    July 2017
  • David Holcombe

    Fantastic fest run by genuinely supportive and enthusiastic curators! Great experience!

    July 2017
  • James Carroll

    This was a very professional operated festival with great communication. It was an honor to be part of it.

    July 2017