If you love watching and talking about movies and want to write your own films, this workshop is for you!
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!
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.
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
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):
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!
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!
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.)
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!
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!
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.
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Check out these popular short film programs that foster discussion and promote understanding, tolerence and respect. Programs for grades Pre-K through 8th.
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.
Facets Group Screenings offer a wide array of programs celebrating world heritage, language, and diversity. Check out some of these fantastic programs!
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.