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 2018, check out the gallery of IFFF t-shirts that have been made for this event for the last 35 years.


The 2018 theme for the 35th IFFF is….

February 24, 2018, Foellinger Auditorium (UIUC Campus).  Admission is free.

Doors open at 6pm, films begin at 7:30pm.  For more information, including film times, see our IFFF35 press release


Feature Film:

  • Ticks– a group of teenagers on a wilderness retreat that encounters super-sized ticks mutated by agricultural runoff from an illegal marijuana-growing operation.  Rated R for violence, gore, and language.


  • Ben10: “The Big Tick– an episode of the animated television series “Ben 10” about an enormous tick-like alien bent on destroying Earth.  Family friendly.
  • Soldiers of Fortune: “Bite of the Ruby Red–  an episode about a scientist’s search for a cure for a deadly tick-borne fever in Central America.  Family friendly.


  • 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 ticks, see them up close (though separated by a layer of plastic!), and learn how to keep yourself safe when you’re outside.
  • 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 35th IFFF on Facebook or Twitter.
@InsectFilmFest #IFFF35
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 Rachel at rskinn2@illinois.edu if you would like to order shirt(s) but will not be attending IFFF.  Download our pre-order 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 14 at 5pm.


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 2017 and 2016

IFFF History:

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