Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival


Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the work of innovative student filmmakers from around the world. We are a front row seat to the world’s stories. It is our mission to promote diversity and inclusion by showcasing the work of emerging young voices and unique ways of storytelling. DePaul University students actively participate in organizing the festival, selecting the films, and hosting the event.


February 7-8, 2020


  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Fiction
  • Screenplay

Entry Fees

  • Early bird deadline (8/15/19) - $10
  • Regular deadline (9/15/19) - $20
  • Late deadline (10/15/19) - $25


  • Best film by category
  • Best of Fest (film)
  • Best Screenplay
  • The Vincentian Prize for Social Impact

Venue Information

Depaul CDM Theater
247 S. State St., Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60604

Davis Theater
4614 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

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