Screen Test Local Fest
Short Films by Area High School Students

Friday, April 20 -- 7:30 pm
6:30 pm  Red Carpet Reception





Nonfiction, 2 min, 37 sec.

Written and Directed by: Jackson Wigger

Naperville, IL

A year in review through the eyes and lens of a young filmmaker.

Cash Up Front

Drama, 1 min, 40 sec.

Written and Directed by: Mike Krane

Naperville, IL

A ransom payment goes awry.

Ci3 Game Changer Chicago Design Lab

NonFiction, 2 min, 3 sec.

Directed by: Amariona Ballard, Kinyada Craine, Perrione Reed, and Yasmeen Scott
Produced by: Free Spirit Media

Chicago, IL

Filmmakers from Free Spirit Media travel to Chicago Design Lab to explore creative and fun ways to raise awareness for sexual and reproductive health.

Dear Mr. Beethoven

Experimental, 5 min

Written and Directed by: Naomi Keane

Naperville, IL

A short film exploring how a young, deaf composer struggles to keep his passion alive without hearing the piano and his music, narrated through his letters to Beethoven.

A Doorway's Past

Experimental, 3 min. 5 sec.

Directed by: Maggie Jakopac

Written by: Noah Festenstein

Elk Grove Village, IL

A young man packing for college comes across a Polaroid from 4 years ago and begins to reminisce on the significant memories made in that one room.

How to Be a Man

Documentary, 4 min. 49 sec.

Directed by: Elsa Concepcion and Jocelyn Hernandez

Produced by: Community TV Network

Elk Grove Village, IL

A short documentary that examines our perceptions of masculinity and gender roles, and asks the question: "What does it mean to be a man?"

If You Asked Me

Experimental, 3 min. 48 sec.

Written and Directed by: Hannah Ignacio

Palatine, IL

An exploration into outwardly appearances and how they can conflict with self-worth.

Make Believe

Comedy, 2 min. 25 sec.

Written and Directed by: Armin Nikravan and Matthew Ryan Thomas

Naperville, IL

Some kids play by the rules. Some don't.


Drama, 6 min. 11 sec.

Written and Directed by: Armin Nikravan and Matthew Ryan Thomas

Naperville, IL

A young man battles with his inner demons in the midst of a tragedy.


Drama, 1 min. 19 sec.

Written and Directed by: Emma Raby

Palatine, IL

A young woman gets ready to go out to take care of some unfinished business.


Experimental, 5 min. 24 sec.

Written and Directed by: Teddy Holcomb

Chicago, IL

A man is transported into an arcade game and is led through a sequence of events by a mysterious orb.


A Soldier's Journey Home: Tony Chobanov

Nonfiction, 6 min. 16 sec.

Directed by: Kelly Helmer

Prospect Heights, IL

A heartwarming look at a war veteran who is honored to receive a new home built in 10 days by volunteers. 


The Unknown

Horror, 6 min. 16 sec.

Written and Directed by: Bree Cwik

Schaumburg, IL

A boy wanders a little too far from home and finds himself lost in the woods. As he tries to navigate his way through he finds that he may not be alone. 

  All filmmakers will attend to represent their films. 

To be awarded:
Best in Show - $300
2nd Place - $200
3rd Place - $100
Audience Award - $100

 At least one of the evening's film (including the Best in Show) will advance to the International High School Festival on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

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