11th Annual Teen Film Fest

Join us for the 11th Annual Teen Film Fest!

The Film Fest will be on Friday, August 11 from 6-10 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. REGISTER
Meet filmmakers and mingle on the red carpet preceeding the event.
7–9 p.m. – Screening of Films
9–10 p.m. – Glow 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 Film Fest: Glow Party right after the Fest! 

Teen Film Fest Rules

Film Rules
  • Filmmakers must be present at the Film Fest to win a prize.
  • We're awarding $300 total for films in the following categories: Comedy, Animation, Documentary, Horror, Drama, Experimental, and Music Video as well as the best overall film.
  • 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
  • Only three films are allowed per person.
  • Email YouTube links to teens@ahml.info.
  • New this year - early bird deadline: Submit your film by noon on Friday, July 28 and receive feedback to improve your film before the final deadline.
  • The final deadline for film submissions is August 1
  • 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.
  • 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!

Need help with your film?

Attend any of our Teen Film Camp sessions or drop in for help at (Open) Training Day on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. starting June 24.
We have equipment you can check out too!


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.