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Award Winners

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

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 Illinois State Board of Education Learning Standards is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

Flexible scheduling throughout the day - come to us or let us come to you! For details about screenings at Facets Multi-Media, click here. For details about screenings at your location, click here. For more information, contact Doug Newton at fldtrips@facets.org or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.

Programs Available:

Animation Short ListFantastic Flying Books
Grades 4-8 (Ages 8-12)
Screened in English
100-minute program includes media education
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Lost and Found (England)
2009 Children’s Jury Prize Winner
(1st Prize for Animated Short Film)

The Lost Thing (Australia)
2011 Academy Award Winner!
2010 Adult Jury Prize Winner
(1st Prize for Animated Short Film)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (USA)
2012 Academy Award Nominee!
2011 Adult Jury Prize Winner
(1st Prize for Animated Short Film)

The Gruffalo (England)
2011 Academy Award Nominee!
2010 Best of Fest Award Winner

Three years of award-winning films finally come together in this program where little characters discover big courage. The little mouse might be able to outsmart the other animals in the forest, but what happens when he’s faced with the giant Gruffalo itself? Will Morris Lessmore find a way to fix his black-and-white world, or is the color lost forever? And can a penguin find its way to the South Pole before it’s too late? These characters don’t let the big world keep them from following their dreams!

 

The Star Talers Mature themesStar Talers
Grades 4-6 (Ages 8-10)
Screened in German with English subtitles
80-minute program includes media education
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2011 Best of Fest Award Winner!

Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Star Talers is the story of Mina, a brave little girl whose village is in trouble. The evil king has forced all the adults who can't pay their taxes to work for him, including Mina's own parents. Now, the plucky Mina must take the village's money to the castle and bring the adults home where they belong. With the help of a talking dog named Mr. Flix, Mina gets on the road to the castle, equipped with only generosity and hope. Can Mina and Mr. Flix save the village and set her parents free?


From Time to Time Mature themesFrom Time to Time
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)
Screened in English
110-minute program includes media education
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2009 Best of Fest Winner!

With WWII coming to a close, and his father still missing in battle, Tolly is sent to the English countryside to live with his grandmother in their imposing ancestral home. Little does he know, the house is filled with ancient secrets just waiting to be explored. While the family arranges for Christmas, Tolly looks to solve the many mysteries hidden in the manor in this supernatural journey of friendship and self-discovery. Lose yourself in this fantastic film which boasts a powerhouse cast includ¬ing Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour), and Hugh Bonneville (PBS’ Downton Abbey). Written and directed by Emmy and Oscar award-winner Julian Fellowes.


The Letter for the King Mild violenceLetter for the King
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)
Screened in Dutch with English subtitles
130-minute program includes media education
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2009 Children’s Jury Prize Winner
(1st Prize Live-Action Foreign Feature Film or Video)

Sheath your sword and hop on your trusty steed in this epic film about the tribulations young men face as they strive for knighthood. Set in medieval times, a group of young apprentices must train together in the hopes of becoming full-fledged knights in the service of the king. But as tragedy threatens to envelop the kingdom, the young soldiers must face their greatest challenge yet, or risk losing everything they’ve fought so hard to protect. By working together you can accomplish extraordinary things!


Winter's Daughter Mature themesWinter's Daughter
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13+)
Screened in German with English subtitles
120-minute program includes media education
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2011 Adult Jury Prize Winner
(1st Prize for Live-Action Feature Film)

When Katharina decides to find her biological father, her adoptive parents send her to Poland with their landlady, Mrs. Graumann. Along the way, Katharina starts to doubt her own courage—until Mrs. Graumann reveals her own secret history of being robbed of her national identity in World War II. Inspired by the courage of Mrs. Graumann and her people, Katharina resolves to complete her path and face her fears. This touching story proves that history can shape identity, family isn’t always biological, and the choices we make now can affect our future for the better.