Teen Film Fest

Black and white image with text "The 13th Annual Teen Film Fest."

Thanks for a Great 2019 TEEN FILM FEST!

On August 9, we screened 12 films all created by teens at the 13th Annual Teen Film Fest. Thanks to all the teen filmmakers, our amazing judges, library staff, and our wonderful audience!


Watch all the films from the 2019 Fest here and see the winning films below.

Best Acting - Homesick by Hayden Westerfield

Best Editing - Control Freak by Geoffrey Buck

Best Screenplay/Story - Thunderstruck by Graham Reid

Best Special Effects - Doughnut Time by David Petratos

Audience Favorite - Jelly Beans by Madeline Painter

Best Overall - Kris by Edin Ramovic


We hope you’ll join us again next year! If you’re a teen between 12 to 18-years-old, please consider submitting a film next summer!

See below for rules, tips, classes, and equipment. As always, if you have any questions, email teens@ahml.info, stop by the Hub or call 847-506-2669.

    • Teen Film Fest Submission Rules

      Film Rules

      • Filmmakers must be present at the Film Fest to win a prize.

      • We're awarding $300 total for films.

      • Films should be no longer than six minutes in length.


      Submission Rules

      • Only three films are allowed per person.

      • A completed entry form must be submitted for each film (available beginning in June 2019). Forms can be returned in-person to the Hub desk or emailed to teens@ahml.info. Those directors who are under the age of 18 must have a parent’s signature.

      • Filmmakers must be 12 to 18 years of age and between entering 7th grade through exiting 12th grade. Adults may appear in

    • Film Help?

      Need help with your film?


      We know that making a film can be a lot of work! Make sure that you're on track to make the best film you can by checking out some of these resources below. 


      Tutorials and Feedback

      • Try an online tutorial using Lynda.com! Log in using your library card to access these free courses.


      Filmmaking Equipment Available at the Library

    • Copyright Tips

      Tips for Using Copyright Free Images

      Using your original footage or copyright-free, public domain or creative commons copyright images will ensure that there will be no copyright infringement by films in the fest. For suggestions of places to find good images, please see below:

      Videvo is a great resource for free-to-download stock footage, motion graphics, sound effects, and even music! Make sure you read each file's rules about if and how the creator wants to receive credit in your film.

    • Last Years Films

      On Friday, August 11th, we celebrated teen filmmakers at the 11th annual Teen Film Fest. We had an insane amount of entries this year and it's all thanks to you! Look at our millions (exaggeration) of photos! Didn't make it to the red carpet showing, but still interested in seeing what teens brought to the table? Watch all the films here and watch the winning films below.
      Best Animation:
      Lightlife in the Woods by Valerie Depa
      Best Comedy:
      5 Steps to Getting Your Teacher to Like You by Allison Flondro
      Best Drama / Documentary: 
      Soldier's Journey Home by Andrew

Teen Film Fest