Brehm Preparatory School, Inc. is happy to announce the Neurodiverse Student Film Festival, held on February 22-23, in Carbondale, IL. Submissions are currently being accepted. Film submissions must either be produced by a young person or young people who identify as learning differently, based upon diagnosis, IEP, or 504 plan or feature content that explores the experience of learning differently. Learning differences affect the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken, or written.

Learning differences and diagnoses that affect learning include:

  • Specific Learning Disability (reading, writing, math)
  • ADHD
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • ASD (high functioning)
  • Expressive and/or Receptive Language Disorder
  • Speech and Language impairment
  • Memory Disorder
  • Twice exceptional
  • Processing Speed Deficit
  • Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Emotional Dysregulation


Elementary – 11 and under
Middle School – 12-14
High School – 14-18
Post-High School – 19+


Nonfiction Documentary
Fictional Narrative
Learning Differently

Students must fill out the online entry form and submit the link to their films.  Films will be judged by industry professionals from New York, who will also share some feedback with each filmmaker.

The festival will be held on February 22-23 in Carbondale, Illinois.  Student participants who have submitted films will be invited to participate in the event and may be asked to say a few words about their film if they receive awards. The first, second, and third place winning films will be awarded prizes, with a few select certificates of recognition for runner ups and honorable mentions.  Recognition will be given in the categories of Nonfiction Documentary, Fictional Narrative, and Learning Differently. 

We look forward to your submissions!