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, cast with Chicago actors, for our screenplay finalists!
We are dedicated to diversity and inclusion of all voices.
Best of Fest ($200 cash prize)
Best Feature Film ($100 cash prize)
Best Episodic ($100 cash prize)
Best Chicago Film ($100 cash prize)
Best Short Film (In each category)
Best Teaser Trailer
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.
In the event that award winners are not present at the awards ceremony, cash prizes will be mailed. However, award winners must be present to receive trophies.