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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!

  • Space still available in most sessions. 
  • July 13-17 for ages 7-10 is SOLD OUT.  


Facets Kids Film Camp 2  
Intermediate Level Production - NEW for 2015!

Kids ages 10-15 develop and produce a short film, gaining valuable knowledge and skills in filmmaking fundamentals such as cinematography, screenwriting, directing, and editing. 

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Happy Family

Facets Family Film Series - Second Saturday Screenings

Join us this winter and spring for these delightful family films from past editions of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Film screenings are thematic with a 9:30am show for younger audiences and an 11am show for older children or teens. SCHEDULE & TICKETS


Character Creativity Workshop 
Saturday, June 6
10am-12:30pm (Ages 9-12) 
at Facets (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago)

Participants will engage in a series of exercises designed to generate honest ideas for new characters and the world in which they live. 

In addition to building well-rounded characters based on personal experience, you’ll also learn introductory drawing skill basics that will inform visual realizations of the characters. At the end of the workshop, you’ll come away with ideas to make the next move – story development! LEARN MORE & REGISTER


Parent-Child Visual Coding Workshop
Saturday, June 20
10am-12pm (Ages 5-8) 
at Facets (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago)

Coding starts earlier and earlier – so get the fun started, already! Kick off summer and join teaching artist and animator George Berlin in learning Scratch, Jr., an introductory programming language. Using fun visual characters, your to child will create a brand-new mini-story of your mutual making!

By clicking together graphic programming interlocking “blocks”, your child will create a film character, then put together a basic structured script, based on simple directions he/she chooses to assign. Then - animate the character in a situation you’ve designed together. No typing! Just draw, click, drag.  LEARN MORE & REGISTER



Facets Film Ambassadors  
Now Accepting Applications for 2015!
Film Ambassador Interview: April 28

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.  

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.    

FacetsKids APP for iPad

As the creator of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, we at Facets have discovered 10,000  of the very best films for children and youth over the past 3 decades. 

Now you and yourchildren can enjoy hundreds of these amazing films via the FacetsKids APP for iPad. 

LEARN MORE about the FacetsKids APP    

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

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. 


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!

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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!

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Internships Available - Accepting Applications for FALL 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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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!  

Year-Round Group Screenings


Facets offers a variety of screening programs for all grade levels throughout the year, which we can screen at Facets or bring to screen at your location. Choose from dozens of special, thematic programs, updated annually, or speak with us to develop a customized program to suit the needs of your classroom.

All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and all programs include an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards is also provided electronically to teachers prior to the day of screening. 

Year-Round Group Screening Reservation Details  

Group Screening Curriculum Overview  

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

Year-Round Group Screening Programs Include: 

Friendly Match

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. 

Award Winners

Enjoy stunning animation and classic stories in this definitive collection of award winning film program for grades 4-8.

Weekend Practice


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!

African and African American Stories
Nelson MandelaMexican Heritage
Jewish Heritage
Asian Heritage 
Native American Heritage
French Films  
LGBT Identity

High School Programs

I Am a Girl

Facets Children + Youth offers a diverse range of themed screening programs for high school audiences grades 9-12 (ages 14-18). Bring the world of cinema to your students through a group screening. 

Science-Based Programs

Science-based programs for K-8th grade including life science, earth science, physical science, and engineering.  

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.