Mini Teen Film Fest

Calling all Teen Filmmakers!  You’ve heard of our epic Teen Film Fest that’s held in the summer, but on February 21, The Hub will be hosting an exciting new opportunity for you to showcase your films.  A Mini Teen Film Fest!

So what makes it a mini film fest?

  • Mini Time: Each video you submit needs to be 1 minute or less.  Make it snappy, but cram as much creativity and story within that time!
  • Mini Devices: You’re encouraged (but not required) to use mobiles devices to make your movies.  That means smartphones and tablets!
  • Mini Scale: Extra high fives will be given to those who highlight something mini within their film.  That may mean doing a stop-motion film with mini figures, making your actors look mini with the use of special effects, or any other creative way you can integrate all things mini!

How do I participate?

  • Create your 1 minute film!  Make it funny, make it sad, make it scary, make it thought-provoking, make it action-packed, or make it however you like.  Just be sure you make it creative!
  • Upload your film to YouTube, Instagram, or Vine and email us at with the link, your full name, and film category.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 14 (EXTENDED) Wednesday, Februrary 19!
  • Attend the Mini Teen Film Fest Screening on Friday, February 21, 6–8 p.m. at the library by registering online or calling 847-392-0100 to reserve your seats for this free event.  Registration opens February 1.
  • Must be a teen to participate: 12-18 years of age!


  • Film length must be 1 minute or less.
  • Filmmaker must be present at the Mini Film Fest to win a prize.
  • The deadline for all submissions is Friday, February 14, 2013. Email links to your video, full name, and film category to
  • Filmmakers must be 12-18 years of age. 
  • Please be mindful of submitting library-appropriate content. We observe the right to not show any particular video.

Anything else?

  • Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
    • Best Overall Film
      Audience Favorite
      Best Mini-Themed Film
      Best Animated or Stop-Motion Film
      Best Use of Special Effects
      Most Replay-Button Worthy
      Best Instagram or Vine Video
  • Films will be judged by a panel of particularly snarky Teen Critics.
  • The Mini Teen Film Fest will be a party filled with food, DIY activities, and more!
  • Since the films are so short, we should be able to show at least 1 video from every participant!  Feel free to submit as many videos as you like!

I need help making a film!

The library is filled with resources to help you create a film!  We'll even be offering some teen filmmaking programs in January to get you ready for the Mini Teen Film Fest.
Mini Movie Madness - Thursday, January 23, 2014.  Training Center
Join us for a whirlwind afternoon full of filmmaking fun. Make mini movies (a running time of 1 min or less) using phones, special effects, stop animation and the works!  Register here.
Pop-up Video - Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  Training Center
Prepare for the Mini Teen Film Fest by learning how to enhance, remix, and mashup video, audio, images, and other web content in this hands-on introduction to Mozilla Popcorn Maker.  Register here.
The Studio is also a great place to film, record, and create media for your movie!  Click here for more info.
The Tech Help Desk and The Hub also have equipment you can check out to help you create your video.  They're also staffed with friendly folks who can help answer some of your tech and filmmaking questions.


If you have any questions about the Mini Teen Film Fest, please email us at with the subject line, "Question RE: Mini Teen Film Fest" and we'll get back to you!  Thanks!