Illinifest Student Film Festival is a celebration of student and professional short-filmmaking, curated by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our mission is to create a platform for diverse voices in filmmaking and expose our campus and community audience to short films from all over the globe. We are accepting films in two categories. The Midwest Student category is open to students and recent grads from all over the Midwest. The World Competition is open to everyone from all over the country and globe. Illinifest welcomes all genres and themes. We look forward to the variety of films that will appear in both categories.
Winners in each category will received engraved plaques.
Grand Jury Award ($100 prize)
Best Picture Midwest Student
Best Director Midwest Student
Best Ensemble Cast Midwest Student
Best Cinematography Midwest Student
Best Sound Design
Social Impact Award
Best Animated Film
Audience Award ($100 prize)
Best Picture World Cinema
Best Director World Cinema
Best Ensemble Cast World Cinema
Best Cinematography World Cinema
The 2018 Illinifest jurors will be announced at a later date.
Eligible participants in the Midwest Student Competition are college students and recent graduates within the U.S. Midwestern states. Submission to the World Competition is $5 and is open to everyone. Entries must exceed one minute and not surpass 20 minutes in duration. All films should be submitted in a digital format via FilmFreeway or the festival’s website. All genres are accepted. Winners in each category will receive an engraved plaque. The Grand Jury Award and Audience Award will receive $100 each.