The AfterImage Film Festival is an annual event serving the Fox Valley towns of St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia and strives to be one of the premier film festivals in Illinois. The 4th annual AfterImage Film Festival will be held April 11 – 14, 2024.

AfterImage screens new narrative, documentary, student and animated films of all lengths from established and emerging filmmakers around the world.

Since 2019, AfterImage has screened over 100 films and played host to dozens of filmmakers, including Oscar Winner Steve James ('Hoop Dreams'). Past selections include:

- 'Saint Frances' - SXSW Audience Award Winner
- 'Fire of Love' - Oscar Nominee
- 'Petite Maman'
- 'Bergman Island'
- 'Joyland'
- 'Murina'
- 'Other People's Children'

The AfterImage Film Festival will present the Hollis Family Audience to the best short film of the festival.

The AfterImage Film Festival is pleased to offer submission waivers to local filmmakers (i.e. filmmakers residing within a 40 mile radius of St. Charles, IL).

For questions regarding festival submissions, please email!

Overall Rating
  • Rob Rook

    Participating in the AfterImage Film Festival was a dream come true. The festival staff/volunteers were very kind and really made the experience feel special. Both of my screenings were pristine from a technical perspective (in a cinema!), and both screenings were well attended by an enthusiastic audience. As a filmmaker, it was really rewarding and an incredible honor to participate in this awesome festival.

    November 2021