Illinifest is accepting submissions from UIUC students, filmmaking clubs, and production classes. Films should be submitted in a digital format via the webform below. You can submit a short film of any genre, “home movie” greetings from home or a TikTok video. Entries for short films must exceed one minute and not surpass 9 minutes in duration. “Home movies” should be no longer than 3 minutes. TikTok videos can be shorter than one minute. We look forward to showcasing your creative imagination!

Accepting “home movies!” Send creative, upbeat messages to your friends, classes and the campus at large. Audiences will vote on the most creative and the winner gets a $75 gift card.

We welcome Tik Tok videos! Send us a short burst of Social Media creativity. Show us your Quarantine Dance! Tell a joke! Take a pie in the face! Show us a silly trick or talent!

Audience Award

Illinifest will present an Audience Choice Award selected by attendees of the 2020 festival. The winner of the Audience Choice Award will receive a $100 gift card.

The most creative Home Movie message gets a $75 gift card.

The audience favorite Tik Tok Video will win a $50 gift card.


Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm, April 24th 2020.

UPDATE! Thank you for your submissions. The application is now closed! We’ll see you on the 2nd for our screening celebration!

Illinifest 2020 Submission
(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 2018. By typing the date and my name below, I agree to all of these rules, terms, and conditions.