Entries are now open for CineYouth Festival, happening May 4-6, 2017. Their annual celebration of emerging talents in filmmaking, they’re looking for short films made by filmmakers 22-years-old & younger to feature at their 3-day festival this spring. Deadline is Mar. 10, 2017. Info: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth/

The Illinois Arts Council Agency invites all Illinois high schools to participate in the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest 2017. Registration deadline is Jan. 20, 2017. Info: www.poetryoutloud.org.