Film Festival


Outdoor Film Festival

Saturday, September 10

Van Kampen Stage
1800 Short Street, Lisle

Celebrate the cinematic arts and view up to five original short films with us outdoors at our 2nd annual film festival. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

Want to enter a film in the Film Festival?

1st place films in all five categories will be shown at the film festival. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize! If we don’t have a film in each category, film categories will be combined or eliminated. Films can win more than one category.

Although festival-related filming will most likely be considered non-commercial, it is recommended that participants be required to obtain permitting and follow all local guidelines of locations they are filming. A permit provides each crew with clear filming guidelines at the beginning of their project which will benefit the film crew as well as Lisle residents and businesses. It is the film makers responsibility to check with the location they are filming at. All film crews should secure a certificate of liability insurance when applicable.

Cost to submit film: Residents $30 | Nonresidents $50
Film Entry Deadline: Monday, August 15 by 4:00pm
Register Online

Entry Guidelines

Entrants must adhere to the guidelines or their film will be pulled from the contest.

  • Open to all non-professional film makers
  • All films must be 1-30 minutes long
  • All films must be made/filmed in the year 2021/2022
  • Film must be family friendly
  • Films cannot contain violence, nudity or profanity
  • Film crews must follow state and local laws
  • Film maker agrees to use all volunteers in film or pay prevailing wage for services
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Film Categories

  • Best Picture
  • Best Technical
  • Most Creative
  • Best Acting
  • Best Writing

Judging Criteria

Films will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Merit (75%)
    (ex: story, entertainment value, creativity, etc.)
  • Technical Merit (25%)

Want to sponsor the Film Festival?

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for this event.
Sponsorship Opportunities
Choose from the following:
Presenting Sponsor
Most Popular
Sponsorship Includes:
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Announced as Presenting Sponsor at event
Display of logo on site signage
Display of logo in print advertising
Reserved seating at event for guests*
front row for 10 guests
front row for 10 guests
second row for 6 guests
second row for 4 guests
second row for 4 guests
Free entry of film into festival
3-minute ad in front of winning film to be shown at event
A representative judge at film festival
Business listing with media links on event flyer (posted on social media monthly)

For More Information

Wendy Nadeau

Cultural Arts, Rental & Office Manager