We are accepting films for two categories. The Midwest Student category is open to college students and recent graduates from Illinois and the surrounding Midwestern states. The World Competition is open to everyone from all over the country and globe.

Entries for both competitions must exceed one minute and not surpass 20 minutes in duration. Films should be submitted in a digital format via Film Freeway or the webform below. All genres are welcome. Winning films will receive awards including $100 in cash prizes. 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 Actor
Best Actress
Best Sound Design
Best Screenplay
Illini Student
Social Impact Award
Best Documentary
Best Experimental Film
Best Animated Film
Audience Award ($100 prize)
Best Picture World Cinema
Best Director World Cinema
Best Ensemble Cast World Cinema
Best Cinematography World Cinema


Midwest Student: Regular Deadline – FREE until March 10th; Late Deadline – $3 until close on March 20th.

World Competition: $5 until close on March 20th.

Payment Information

If you are submitting in the World Competition category or a Late Submission, please follow this link to submit your payment information. Entries submitted without payment information will be deemed incomplete.

Illinifest 2017 Submission
Please select the World Competition option if you are not a student or recent grad of a Midwestern University
(300 words or less)
Filmmaker Release
I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Illinifest Student Film Festival and to grant permissions related to its use and performance. I grant permission to Illinifest and its participating press outlets to use film clips/stills for marketing and promotion of the festival, including on the festival's website. Submitting a film to Illinifest constitutes an agreement by and between the student filmmaker and Illinifest that the film will be considered for programming and open to be screened at Illinifest 2017. By typing the date and my name below, I agree to all of these rules, terms, and conditions.

Skyfall (Mendes, 2012)


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