Are you an aspiring filmmaker? The Palatine Park District is proud to showcase the works of student filmmakers in the community and around the globe as part of our bi-monthly online film series! The Palatine Student Film Series is always seeking local student film submissions in a variety of forms including live action, animation, experimental, and more. Film should not exceed 20 minutes and content should be considered "family friendly".

Official selections will be announced bi-monthly and featured online through our website. On Monday, December 21, the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be showcased before our Holiday Movie Night feature presentation.

Gold PalStuFilm Award - 1st Place
Silver PalStuFilm Award - 2nd Place
Bronze PalStuFilm Award - 3rd Place

Honorable Mention

*All awards announced in December 2015

Submission for the Palatine Student Film Series are accepted year-round with bi-monthly deadlines. Films can be of any style or genre.

Entrants are responsible for all insurance and shipment costs. Although due care will be exercised and staff will contact the submitter in the event a defective disc is received, the series cannot assume any liability for damage to entries. Submissions will not be returned. Every effort will be made to send notifications to the entrant in regards to the status of their submission, however, due to the high volume of entries received, possible e-mail complications, or inaccurate information provided by the entrant, some notifications may be delayed. The series will not be liable in any manner for the failure of notification. If the entrant would like an update on the status of their submission, we encourage you to please contact us at

Entrants must agree to all Entry Terms and Conditions, which also includes deadline and entry material requirements. Please read all Entry Terms and Conditions in their entirety as submission fees are non-refundable. The Palatine Student Film Series is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes (limited to the season in which the film was submitted).

(1) Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

(2) Submission DVDs will not be returned. The series is not liable for any submission shipping costs or screening fees.

(3) By submitting, the filmmaker grants the series non-exclusive permission to exhibit the film (if selected).

(4) Only NTSC DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL or DVD+R DL) or Digital Screener submissions will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure that the DVD or Blu-ray submitted plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD or Blu-ray player prior to submitting it to the series.

(5) The series is not responsible for any packaging or shipping costs in the return of exhibition copies and/or other promotional materials. Although due care will be exercised and staff will contact the entrant in the event a defective disc is received, the series cannot assume any liability for damage to entries. If the entrant has not received notification that their submission was received, it is the responsibility of the entrant to contact our us.

(6) Electronic press kits (which should include film stills, director(s) photos, brief director bio, producer(s) photos, brief producer bio, synopsis and production credits) are encouraged and must be submitted at the time of submission.

(7) Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless the Palatine Park District from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the submission materials entered.

(8) Selected films and their respective filmmakers agree to participate in the publicity for the series as well as other promotional opportunities. Series staff may require a high resolution Quicktime trailer (or 30 second clip) and social media info (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, etc). This media will be used to promote the individual films at the series.

(9) Accepted filmmakers who plan on attending the series are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and all other expenses. Each accepted feature film will receive two screening passes. Each accepted short film and music video will receive one series pass.

(10) All of the above submission eligibility guidelines and general rules are subject to change by the Palatine Student Film Series without notice.