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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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!
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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 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!
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.)
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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!
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.
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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!
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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.