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 14, 2023 -- 7 pm
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. 15

Saturday, April 15, 2023
Screen Test Jr. - 11 am (CDT - Chicago)
For student filmmakers in grades K-8

International High School Competition -- 7 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 video call.

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, 2022, 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, 2022, 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.
● 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.
● 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 April 1, 2022 are eligible for competition.
● Permission and/or licensing rights for any music used in a project must be acquired from the publisher and/or composer.
● 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.

Overall Rating
  • I really enjoyed the virtual screening! I appreciated the regular updates and communication provided for the weeks up to the festival. Thank you for an amazing experience!

    May 2020
  • Jared Goudsmit

    My personal favorite film festival, hands down. Warm, enthusiastic, celebratory, and above all else, sincere. If you're on the fence about submitting, I'm telling you to go for it.

    April 2020
  • This was the best Fest in the world.

    February 2020
  • Caden Hollander

    Fantastic festival, really loved how they allowed all of us filmmakers to participate even if we were not able to attend by having us call in over FaceTime! Really felt like we were part of the event! Great communication, always got back to me right away whenever I had a question. Would highly recommend this festival for any student filmmaker considering applying.

    April 2019
  • Noah Semeria

    Very great festival. Was my first festival, and It was an amazing festival. Thanks to all for making it possible. 110% recommended to all considering!

    April 2019