IFFF this Saturday!

Insect Fear Film Festival

scaring the general public with horrific films and horrific filmmaking
— Since 1984 —

Join the Entomology Graduate Students Association (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!

40th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival:

Living Fossils

Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IFFF @ Foellinger Auditorium, UIUC
Saturday, March 4th, 2023
Activities begin at 5:30 pm CST, and shorts and feature film introductions start at 7:30 pm.
Among activities:
● An insect petting zoo
● Specimens on display from the Illinois Natural History Museum
● Fossil insect Bugscope (scanning electron microscope close-ups projected to giant size)
● Insect crafts
● A gallery of the annual IFFF art contest featuring insect-themed artwork by local K-12 students
● A conversation with Jacob Lenard, creator, director, writer of “Pike’s Lagoon” (6:00 pm)

Schedule(all times CST)

5:30 pm – Doors open; exhibits, activities, and art show in the foyer and second-floor hallway
6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Festival guest Jacob Lenard
   6:00 pm-6:30 pm – introduction, screening of three episodes of Pike’s Lagoon
   6:30 pm-7:00 pm – Q&A with Jake Lenard and Kate Jorgensen
7:00 pm-7:15 pm – Welcome to the Festival
7:15 pm-7:30 pm – Art Show Winner Announcements by Dr. May Berenbaum
7:30 pm-7:45 pm – Introduction to theme and movies, presented by Dr. May Berenbaum
7:45 pm-8:00 pm – Shorts
8:00 pm-9:25 pm – Flim 1 (Rated: G)
9:30 pm-10:50 pm – Film 2 (PG-13)

The 40th IFFF T-shirts

The T-shirts will be available for purchase on-site during the events.
For individuals who do not want to or cannot pick up their shirts in person, you can order your shirts online [here].
Orders will be shipped directly to your address; however, the shirts likely will not arrive before the festival on March 4th, 2023.

2023 Student Art Competition for the 40th IFFF

This year the Insect Fear Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with films about “living fossil” arthropods! The Entomology Graduate Student Association would like to invite all students, grades K through 12, to enter the insect art contest. All artworks will be displayed in Foellinger Auditorium during the festival, Saturday, March 4th, 2023 (event starts at 5:30 pm).

The theme of this year’s festival concerns “living fossil” arthropods, such as horseshoe crabs, silverfishes, dragonflies, cockroaches, etc. Participants may consider submitting artwork featuring fossils, but any art incorporating insects or other arthropods is acceptable.

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form [EN] [FR] [ES] (editable DOC file [EN] [FR] [ES]). Please refer to the Art Contest Entry Rules [EN] [FR] [ES] for further details.

Entries may be dropped off or mailed to the Department of Entomology Office but must arrive by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023. Entomology office hours are M-F, 8:30 am-noon and 1:00-5:00 pm. The Department address is:
Department of Entomology Office
320 Morrill Hall
505 South Goodwin Ave.
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois, 61801, (phone 217-333-2910)


IFFF History:

Click here for a history of the IFFF.
Click here for a listing of features shown at previous festivals.
Gallery of IFFF t-shirts from the last 39 years.
Press Release/Flier: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016_1, 2016_2, 2015, 2013, 2012
Previous Insect Art Contest winners from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2019,  20182017, and 2016.

Find more information about the IFFF on Facebook or Twitter.
@uiucEGSA @InsectFilmFest #IFFF40
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/IFFFatUofI