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The Insect Fear Film Festival - scaring the general public with
horrific films and horrific filmmaking since 1984

The 31st Annual Insect Fear Film Festival will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Foellinger Auditorium (UIUC Campus). Admission is free. In addition to the films, there will be the traditional IFFF activities, including face painting, the insect petting zoo, and Bugscope.

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Schedule of Events

6:00 PM - Doors open to Foellinger

7:00 PM - Program begins: welcome, art contest award presentation, raffle

7:20 PM - Introduction to films

7:30 PM - Shorts
  • Mickey's Garden (1935, 9 min)
  • DDT So Safe You Could Eat it! (1947, 1 min)
  • DDT Toxicity Research on Prisoners (1956, 1 min)

7:45 PM - Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949, 70 min)

8:55 PM - Pink Pest Control (1969, 6 min)

9:00 PM - Locusts: The 8th Plague (2005, 90 min, R Rating)

This design will be available for sale as T-Shirts during IFFF and was designed by entomology graduate student Chip Austin. Youth, women's and adult sized shirts will be available in both designs. Long-sleeved shirts in adult sizes will also be available. Contact John Madddux at if you would like to order shirt(s) but cannot attend IFFF.

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. Entries are due Tuesday February 18th.

Art Contest 2014 Entry Form
Art Contest 2014 Rules

For more information about the Insect Art Contest, contact Joseph Wong ( and Linnea Meier (

IFFF History:

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

Riders of the Whistling Pines

Riders of the Whistling Pines

Locusts: The 8th Plague

Locusts: The 8th Plague


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