The Chicago area's public international film festival dedicated to short film and video works by elementary, middle school and high school students from all over the world.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Screen Test Local Fest
Open to high school students within a 30-mile radius of Schaumburg, IL.
Winning film advances to High School Competition on Sat. Apr. 13

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Screen Test Jr. - 11 am (CDT - Chicago)
For student filmmakers in grades K-8

International High School Competition - 7:30 pm (CDT - Chicago)
The best of the best, showing high school student short films from here and abroad.

All festival filmmakers must participate, either in person or via live Skype video call.

Title Sponsor: 3MA Studios -

To be Awarded at the festival

Screen Test Local Fest
Best in Show - $300
2nd Place - $200
3rd Place - $100
Audience Award - $100

Screen Test Jr.
Best in Show - $100

International High School Competition
Best in Show - $500
2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $100
Achievement in Writing - $100
Highest Production Values - $100
Audience Award - $100

(Screen Test reserves the right to withhold awards for any category where criteria are not met.)

● Projects with a running time of 10 minutes or less will be accepted.
● For Screen Test Jr : As of Fall, 2018, primary Director and Writer must be a student in grades K-8 in U.S., years 6-9 in U.K., grade 6-9 in Canada, year 5-8 in Australia or equivalent in other countries (visit for international grade equivalents).
● For Local and International Competitions : As of Fall, 2018, primary Director and Writer must be a student in grades 9-12 in U.S., years 10-13 in U.K., grade 10-12 in Canada, year 9-12 in Australia or equivalent in other countries (visit for international grade equivalents).
● For Screen Test Local Fest, Primary Director must be present at the festival. No substitute representatives are allowed.
● For Screen Test Jr. and International High School Competition, Primary Director must participate in festival either in person or via live video call (i.e. Skype).
● Submissions by students who live within 30 miles of Schaumburg will be considered for both Screen Test Local Fest and the International High School Competition. The Local Fest Best in Show film will automatically advance to the International Competition.
● Per submission, entry fee is $10 for both High School Competitions and $5 for Screen Test Jr.
● Only three submissions (i.e. projects) are allowed per person.
● Only projects completed after March 1, 2018 are eligible for competition.
● Production photographs and other supporting materials and information (i.e. bios) may be included with the application.
● Permission and/or licensing rights for any music used in a project must be acquired from the publisher and/or composer. For more information regarding using music in projects, visit
● While the work submitted remains the property of the creating artist, the Village of Schaumburg reserves the right to use submitted footage or stills to promote the festival at any time. Filmmaker also permits use of images or video taken of him or her at the festival.
● Deadline for submission is Monday, February 18, 2019 (late entry March 4, 2018)
● All filmmakers will be notified regarding acceptance into the festival by Monday, March 25, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • Partho Gupte

    Amazing Amazing experience! Fantastic co-ordination and communication...prompt with everything. This has to be one of my favourite festivals. Wish I could've been present!

    April 2018
  • Thomas Kim

    Incredible little festival. The staff are extremely supportive and responsive to any questions regarding the festival process. The Skype interviews were wonderful in bringing the creators to the audience, even if they may be countries apart. Everyone is enthusiastic, and the films are stellar. Highly recommend!

    April 2018
  • Calvin Birkman

    It was an honor to be selected for this Film Festival. The organizer was really nice and helpful.

    May 2017
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    I've had a really great experience with Screen Test. Festivals like these are what inspire me to keep dreaming, creating and persevering. I'm incredibly grateful to have been part of this film festival and I look forward to submitting more films in the future.

    April 2017
  • Tricia Fuglestad

    My students and I attended. They had a bagel and donut reception, door prize, photo booth, free T-shirts for the filmmakers, and high-quality films that impressed us all. They made my students feel like stars!

    April 2017