We're celebrating a decade of teen films this year for our 10th Annual Teen Film Fest!
The Film Fest will be on Friday, August 19 from 6-10 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. REGISTER starting June 1.
6–6:45 p.m. – Red Carpet
7–9 p.m. – Screening of Films
9–10 p.m. – Teen After Party
Whether you're a filmmaker submitting a movie, a friend or family member who wants to support teen films, or just an interested moviegoer, don't miss out on this very special Teen Film Fest. And don't forget about the Teen After Party (just for teens) right after the Fest where we'll have a nacho bar! 

Teen Film Fest Rules

Film Rules
  • Filmmakers must be present at the Film Fest to win a prize.
  • We're awarding $300 total for 6 different categories: Comedy/Musical, Horror, Drama, Experimental, Superhero, Overall.
  • All films must be made into YouTube videos on the director’s YouTube account. You must allow for embedding of the videos on your YouTube account.
  • Films should be no longer than six minutes in length.
Submission Rules
  • The deadline for film submissions is Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m.
  • Email YouTube links to teens@ahml.info.
  • A completed ENTRY FORM must be submitted for each film. Return forms to the Teen Desk (in the Hub) on the first floor of the library, addressed to Trixie Dantis. Those directors who are under the age of 18 must have a parent’s signature.
  • Only three films are allowed per person.
  • Filmmakers must be 12 to 18 years of age. Adults may appear in the film, but should have no other responsibilities in the production of the film.
In the case of a high number of submissions, we may not be able to show all of the films submitted to the fest. We will notify you if your film will be screened at the film fest.
Any questions? Email teens@ahml.info.

Want to see last year's winners. Look here!



Stop-Motion Superhero Devotion
Wednesday, June 22, 3–4:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
It's a bird. It's a plane. Nope - it's you rocking a stop-motion movie! We've all thought about what superpower we'd want if we were hit by lightning or doused in some toxic chemical. Let's document your new-found powers with the magic that is stop-motion. Learn how to create an awesome movie using the Stop Motion Studio app. For teens in grades 7–12. REGISTER June 1
Write a Screenplay
Thursday, July 14, 4–6 p.m. / Cardinal Room
The first step to making any good movie is a good screenplay. Gear up for the Teen Film Fest and learn how to write a great screenplay with the help of other skilled teen writers. Workshop your screenplay and get it ready for the silver screen! For teens in grades 7–12. REGISTER June 1

Superhero Special Effects
Wednesday, July 20, 2–4 p.m. / Training Center & Studio Production
Do you see that? Up in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane?? A radioactive dishwasher with wings??? Nope—it’s someone in front of a green screen. Throw on your capes and don’t forget your mask because we’re making a short superhero film. For teens in grades 7–12. REGISTER June 1

DIY Movie Posters
Monday, August 1, 2–4 p.m. / Training Center
Every film needs a poster…some artwork for fans to hang on the walls, something that tells a story and, hopefully, looks really cool. There are a lot of different ways to make it happen but you’ll be using Photoshop. For teens in grades 7–12. REGISTER June 1



Intro to Scene Study
Modeling a true rehearsal process, this class is for students interested in exploring the crafts and tools of an actor. Students learn how to prepare for performances through warm-ups, games and exercises. Students also train in acting techniques such as characterization, tactics, choices and beats.
Grades 6-12, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., $185

Song & Dance Techniques
This intensive class will get students into shape and ready to join any musical theatre cast! Students polish song and dance pieces from current and classic Broadway shows, getting experience in a wide range of musical and dance styles.
Grades 6-12, Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., $185
High School Audition Workshop
This two-week intensive actor program offers specialty instruction including audition prep, industry information, etc. Each student will leave this workshop with a printed headshot, completed resume and information on how to succeed in the business of theatre! *For participation in the workshop, student must bring a memorized monologue or song they would like to prepare for an audition. Participants will be asked to perform their piece on the first day of the workshop. 
Showcase Performance: Friday, 6/24 at 7:30 p.m. 
Grades 9-12, Monday-Friday, 6/13-6/24, 4:00-7:00 p.m., $295
Songs from Mamma Mia!
Prerequisite: High School Audition Workshop. This program offers specialized vocal instruction and introduction of basic dance techniques. Students will utilize their skills learned in High School Audition Workshop to audition for parts and rehearse culminating in a professional level concert performance of the international hit Mamma Mia! 
Dress Rehearsals: Monday-Wednesday, 7/25 – 7/27 • 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Performance: Wednesday, 7/27 at 7:00 p.m
Grades 9-12, Monday-Friday, 7/18-7/22, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., $210


Using your original music or copyright-free, public domain or creative commons copyright music will ensure that there will be no copyright infringement by films in the fest. For suggestions of places to find such music, please see below:
  • Make your own music: Use GarageBand and our state of the art microphones and editing equipment in the library’s new digital media lab, the Studio, to produce your movie’s soundtrack. Call 847-392-0100 to learn more and make a reservation.
  • Use some of these ready-made scores created by Arlington Heights teens on the Sound Hounds summer volunteer squad. There's music for comedy, mystery, and even romance films.
  • Check out Mobygratis.com where alternative song artist Moby has composed music that can be used for free in independent films.
  • Public Domain 4U has copyright ok’d older (way older) songs.
  • Musopen is an online library of contemporary recordings of public domain music (Musopen does require an acknowledgement if music is used from their website).
  • Archive.org, which hosts a seemingly endless collection of recordings in the public domain. The archive also holds hundreds of public domain films that can be downloaded and even creatively incorporated into your project.