Here's how it works:

  • Create a film - make a ridiculous comedy, a music video, a blistering action short, a documentary film about your life or even a freaky horror movie. Anything! Be creative and have fun.
  • Upload your film to YouTube and submit an entry form via email to or at the Hub Desk, for each movie you make by FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st MONDAY, AUGUST 4th!
  • Attend the A.H. Teen Film Fest on Friday, August 15, 7–9 p.m. at the library by calling 847-392-0100 to reserve your seats for this free event. Registration opens May 1.
  • Must be a teen to 12-18 years of age to submit a film!

What else?

  • $50 cash prizes will be awarded to films in various categories: Best Overall Film, Audience Favorite, Music Video and more!
  • Films will be judged by Metropolis’ own screenwriter and resident playwright Scott Woldman, Arlington Heights Art Commissioner  and Daily Herald film critic, Dann Gire.
  • Red Carpet interviews, before the Film Fest, with all filmmakers from 6-6:45 p.m. in the library!  
  • Also, for TEENS ONLY, please join us from 9:00-10:00 p.m. after the Film Fest for an after party featuring FROYO, DIY activities and more!
  • Stay up to date on the Film Fest on Twitter by searching #AHTFF. Don't forget to follow us at @hub500.

Library Teen Filmmaking Camps:

Gain awesome filmmaking experience by signing up for one of our Teen Filmmaking Classes! Register by clicking the link for a program or calling 847-392-0100.
Work with a group of teens to make a short film. We'll have several scripts written by Arlington Heights teens for you to work from. On top of that, you'll have some crazy rule to follow, like your movie will have to be a silent black and white film, or must be made with inanimate objects like puppets or toys instead of human actors. We'll split the session between filming and editing. You can even submit your film to our 8th Annual Teen Film Fest.
Friday, July 11th, 2:00-5:00 pm. For teens grades 7-12
Music Video Studio
Delve into the art of making awesome music videos. From original music vids to pop-up vids to lyric vids, you can create a video to top the charts. You can even submit your music video to our 8th Annual Teen Film Fest!
Saturday, July 19th, 2:00-4:00 pm. For teens grades 7-12

Additional Filmmaking Camps:

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Film and Acting Classes. 
Register with Metropolis by calling (847) 577-5982.
On Camera Techniques Get Ready for your starring role! Students will learn the basics of being in front of the camera, including 'hitting your mark', "action," stage vs. camera acting, and commercial audition tools.
Grades 6-12. June 16th to August 16th, Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm.
Sketch Comedy Sketch Comedy is a great way for any actor to experience Improv in a fun, supportive environment. Through the practice of Improv, students will have a blast creating original characters and interesting stories and crafting them into a structured piece of comedy.
Grades 6-12. June 16 to August 16, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm.

Here are the winners to our 7th Annual Teen Film Fest!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Lynnette Hartwell for her film 'One Way Ticket'
BEST ACTION VIDEO: Luke Mayo for his film 'Artifact'
BEST COMEDY: Abby Anderson for her film 'Alice the Fairy'
AUDIENCE FAVORITE: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
and the best OVERALL FILM was awarded to Riley Langefeld for his masterpiece 'Symphony'!!!
Congratulations to all!  Here are all the films submitted in the 7th Annual AH Teen Film Fest.
View all of the 2012 entries.
Presented by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, the Metropolis Centre of Performing Arts and the Arlington Heights Arts Commission.