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
  • Asaf Livni

    Cool festival. Very friendly communication and Plenty of Social Media activity.

    August 2018
  • Veronica Padilla

    Great Festival! I highly recommend. Very impressed with festival curation and humbled to be included. Thank you Windy City International Film Fest!!

    August 2018
  • Emma Lorie

    The folks at Windy City International Film Festival are awesome! Great communication. Thank you for having my short Lullaby For A Mother And Child screen at the fest. I wish I was there to hang out and watch with everyone.

    August 2018
  • steve summers

    A great selection of films. One of the best I've seen.

    August 2018
  • Little Cabin Films really enjoyed participating in the 2018 festival! We screened our short films "North Branch" and "Hill Climb" in two different categories over the long weekend. The communication was great and screenings were well attended. Thanks for having us! Def worth the submission fee.

    July 2018