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
  • 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