The inaugural Windy City International Film Festival concluded at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago tonight. It took place June 30 - July 2 and showcased 76 film screenings that included a number of world and Chicago premieres. Over 100 participating filmmakers & actors appeared for various audience Q&A sessions following each film block.

On Friday, there was an industry meet & greet party and today was their awards brunch ceremony.  

Below are photos and the winners of the Windy City International Film Festival.

Congrats to all the 2017 Windy City Film Fest winners:
Best of Fest: Redshift - Short Film
Best Feature Film: Empty Space
Best Comedy Short: Shoot Me Nicely
Best Drama Short: Emerald City
Best WTF Short: The Dark Hunger
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Monsters
Best Documentary Short: Swimrisers
Best Foreign Short: Mare Nostrum
Best Chicago Short: Cellar Door
Best Animated Short: Pussy
Best Music Video: Yojimbo
Rising Voices Award: Rise Up
Indie Spirit Award: Consequences, Kopy Kings, Huevos Rancheros
Best Actor: Chris Holder, Redshift
Best Actress: Allyson West Texican, Turn West Productions
Most Outstanding Actress: Anastasia Edwards Vessel
Best Short Ensemble: Reality Disorder
Best Feature Ensemble: Service To Man
Best Feature Director: Jon Weinberg Funeral Day
Best Short Director: Dana Shihadah Northfound
Best Screenplay Short: Muse Seymour The Doughnut Admirer
Best Screenplay Feature: Bill Redding Love