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Kids writing

SCREENWRITING LAB (for ages 7-10 & 11-14)
Saturday, February 14
9:30am-12:30pm (Ages 7-10) 
1:30pm-4:30pm (Ages 11-14)
at Facets (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago)

If you love watching and talking about movies and want to write your own films, this workshop is for you! 

John Biggers

Led by screenwriter John Biggers, Facets Screenwriting Lab introduces kids ages 7-14 to screenwriting through viewings, discussions, and group exercises. This unique hands-on workshop will expose you to multiple genres and writing techniques and, working as a team, students will explore the most effective way to tell stories and will emerge from the workshop with one ten-page script. CLICK HERE for more info & to register!

Facets Kids Film Camp
Register now for 2015!
Does your child love movies? 

Facets Kids Film Camp introduces kids ages 7-14 to the techniques, language and process of filmmaking. Professional filmmakers and respected critics provide a foundation in what it takes to understand, create, and review a film. June & July, full & half day sessions offered. FIND OUT MORE!


Save the Date! 
32nd Chicago International Children's Film Festival
October 23 - November 1, 2015

Congratulations to Our 2014 Festival Winners!

The 31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival has come to a close. Congratulations to all of the films that were part of this year's event. We look forward to next year and another terrific lineup of the BEST in cinema for children & youth from around the world.

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Festival an incredible success. 


The annual Festival takes place in October & November and is the largest annual festival of films for children ages 2-18 in the world. Programming 250 of the best, new cinema for children’s and young people from 40 countries, the Festival welcomes audiences of 23,000 and features hand-on filmmaking workshops with post-screening Q&A’s with dozens of filmmakers and celebrities. Fest FAQ!

2014 Festival Schedule (PDF):  

FAMILY SCHEDULE  (Weekend and Evening Screenings)

FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE (Weekday Morning Screenings)   

Screening Details By Individual Film Title

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Facets Film Ambassadors  

Do you love movies AND travel? Then check out the Facets Film Ambassadors program where youth ages 13-17 get an opportunity to represent Facets, Chicago and the United States at prestigious film festivals in India, Canada, India or Korea as part of their youth juries.  

CLICK HERE to find out more and to apply.  


Movie-Themed Birthday Parties at Facets

Host your next birthday party or event at Facets and watch the movie of your choice on our big screen. Party packages also include space to enjoy your food, cake, and presents and a variety of other movie-themed extras!

For more information, click here or contact

Internships Available - Accepting Applications for 2015

Now accepting applications for internship opportunities with Facets and Facets Children's Programs. Spring, summer, and fall positions available. Facets Internships are a great learning experience for anyone interested in event coordination, film, fundraising, writing, marketing, publicity, non-profit development & PR. CLICK HERE for more info! 

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Call for Entries

Submit Your Film to the Festival

Entry Deadline, May 31!

Calling all filmmakers! Categories for adult-produced as well as child and youth produced films. 

Have you made a movie? Then consider entering it in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. There's no fee for films made by young people 18 and younger.  

CLICK HERE for submission details (Scroll down to access the Young Filmmaker Entry Form.)  

Filmmaker Accreditation  

Those affiliated with accepted films may receive complimentary Festival accreditation. Join us as we celebrate the best in cinema for children and youth worldwide. Over 200 films from 40 countries makes the Chicago International Children's Film Festival the largest festival of its kind! 

Professional Accreditation - ProPass 

Are you a programmer or distributor looking for new talent and innovative product? 

The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s ProPass is your passport to the world's largest juried festival of films for children, youth and families. Find out more!  

For Educators 

Friendly Match

Book Your Group Screening Today! 

No Bullies, Please!   

Check out these popular short film programs that foster discussion and promote understanding, tolerence and respect. Programs for grades Pre-K through 8th. 



Language & Literature

Fantastic Flying Books

Film and text have always gone hand-in-hand. These short film programs include book adaptations, folktales, poetry, and films that remind us of the importance of text in a tech-savy world. Programs for grades Pre-K through 9th. 


New Trails


Celebrate World Heritage, Language & Diversity

Facets Group Screenings offer a wide array of programs celebrating world heritage, language, and diversity. Check out some of these fantastic programs!

Nelson Mandela

African and African American Stories
Mexican Heritage
Jewish Heritage
Asian Heritage 
Native American Heritage
French Language

Year-Round Group Film Screenings

Weekend Practice

Check out our specially themed group film programs for grades Pre-K through High School. Subjects include Anti-Bullying, Holidays, Films Based on Books, Celebrating African American, Asian, and Jewish Heritage, and more! All films are official selections of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. We invite you and your students to see relevant, curriculum supported films in an exciting environment guaranteed to create memories that last a lifetime.

In-School Screenings also available.

Contact: Group Sales Coordinator 
773-281-9075 ext. 3009


Group Screening Curriculum 

The Facets Children’s Programs – Group Screening Curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Fine Arts Standards. The Festival Film Unit is a flexible base for a learning adventure that engages every student. Teachers have a range of activity and assessment options for pre-K through high school. Find out more about enriching your classroom through the power of film. All it takes is a trip to the movies! 

Group Screening Information 

Group Screening Curriculum Overview 


The Impact of Your Support

CLICK HERE to watch Facets' Children's Programs in action! 


The Chicago International Children's Film Festival provides media education programs to students throughout the city and surrounding areas. Thanks to everyone who has donated time and resources to make this programming possible.