The Insect Fear Film Festival!
Scaring the general public with horrific films and horrific filmmaking since 1984

Join EGSA and the UIUC Department of Entomology for our annual film festival.  Held every spring, this festival is an opportunity to see movies focused on insects, interact with the insects in our petting zoo, and dispel some fears of these incredible, fascinating creatures!  While you wait for IFFF 2019, check out the gallery of IFFF t-shirts that have been made for this event for the last 35 years.


The 2019 theme for the 36th IFFF is….


February 23, 2019, Foellinger Auditorium (UIUC Campus).  Admission is free.

Doors open at 6pm, films begin at 7:30pm.  For more information, including film times, see our IFFF36 press release.


Feature Film:

  • Alien Apocalypse A team of astronauts returns to Earth after a 40-year mission in space to find the world has been enslaved by alien termites. Now, they must lead a revolution to free humanity from their alien masters.


  • TBA


  • EGSA Petting Zoo, where you can hold and learn about tarantulas, beetles, and other insects & arthropods.
  • Information booth, where you can learn the facts about termites.
  • IFFF Art Contest, where you can see all of the insect-themed artwork submitted by K-12 students in the region.
  • Get IFFF t-shirts and stickers of your favorite (or most feared) insects.
  • Face painting and balloon-insects.

Find more information about the 36th IFFF on Facebook or Twitter.
@uiucEGSA @InsectFilmFest #IFFF36
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/IFFFatUofI

IFFF T-shirts

Youth and adult sized shirts will be available. Long-sleeved shirts in adult sizes will also be available.  Contact Dan at dpearlstein3 (at) gmail.com if you would like to order shirt(s) but will not be attending IFFF.  Download our pre-order form (2019 IFFFF preorder form) if you would like to reserve a shirt before IFFF.  Pre-order forms must be turned into the Entomology Department Office in 320 Morrill Hall by Wednesday, February 13 at 5 pm.


IFFF Art Contest:

For many years, we have held an Insect Art Contest in conjunction with the Insect Fear Film Festival. The art contest is organized and presented by graduate students and judged by volunteers from campus and the community, but participation by teachers and students truly makes the art contest a success. In the past, we have solicited entries from art teachers in area schools, but we think that participation in the Insect Art Contest can extend beyond art classes. Any student in the community is welcome to enter. To submit art to IFFF, please use the forms below:

IFFF Art Contest Rules

IFFF Art Contest Entry Form

For more information about the Insect Art Contest, contact
Nick Anderson (nlndrsn2 (at) illinois.edu) and Josh Gibson (jcgibso2 (at) illinois.edu).

Look at examples of previous winners from 2019, 20182017, and 2016

IFFF History:

Click here for a history of the IFFF.
Click here for a listing of features shown at previous festivals.