Skip to main content
Fairfax County logo

Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's reading activities!

Teen Film Festival: A Spellbinding Remix!

Create a short film that tells an old tale in a new way!

How to participate:

    • Step 1: Choose a fairytale and create a short film re-telling the story with a modern twist.
    • Step 2: Make an awesome film!
    • Step 3: Upload your film to YouTube.

Rules & Guidelines

  • Teens who will be age 13-18 as of October 2021 are eligible.
  • The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Producers, directors, writers and editors of films must be age 13-18. Group projects and individual work will be accepted for consideration. Adults are permitted to act in films but the final film must be a product of teen effort.
  • Films may have no more than one director. If a film created by a group wins a prize, the prize will be given to the film’s director.
  • Films must be no longer than eight minutes, total running time, including credits.
  • All films must be G or PG-rated in language and subject matter. All films will be prescreened. Films that do not meet, in Fairfax County Public Library’s determination, the requirements of a G or PG rating, or are otherwise inappropriate for general audiences will be disqualified.
  • Please include a title page and end credits in your film.
  • Use of copyrighted screenplays, music, sound effects, clips and other material is not permitted unless the material is in the public domain or written permission to utilize the material has been obtained from the copyright holder. This includes the use of trademarked products or characters.
  • Filmmakers may use their own original screenplays, music, sound effects, clips and other material or use copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly or creative commons material.
  • Each filmmaker may submit no more than two (2) films.
  • Please do not include bloopers or gag reels.
  • All filmmakers will also need to submit an online submission form. Films submitted without submission forms will be disqualified. 
  • All entries must be submitted by 5 PM on September 1, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by library staff who will, in their sole judgment and as they see fit, choose the finalists. Fairfax county Teens will vote on the finalists and select the winning film.

Teen Cover Art Contest: Feature a Creature!

Celebrate Tails and Tales!

Show off your creepy creations in celebration of Tails and Tales! Here's how to participate:

  1. Grab a book with a monster or supernatural element.
  2. Redesign the book's cover to feature your original creature design.
  3. Include the book title and author in your design.
  4. Submit your art and entry form together. Here's how you submit your art:


  • Art submitted must be original work and not copyrighted material.
  • Each artist may submit only one entry.
  • The deadline to submit artwork is September 1.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity and appeal. First place and runner-up prizes will be awarded in the following grade categories:
    • Grades 7-8
    • Grades 9-10
    • Grades 11-12
  • Winners will be notified during our TeenTober celebration in October. Winning artwork will be featured on the library's website.
Fairfax County seal