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

OFFICIAL RULES

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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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
  • 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