The best in films for children, youth and families from around the world, right here in Chicago!
2013 Festival Schedules Now Available (PDF):
Help your students experience the world in a new way - all it takes is a trip to the movies!
Perfect for schools or organizations from Chicago or the suburbs, a visit to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival or Facets' Children's Program's year-round screenings gives your classroom a boost with an abundance of films from every corner of the globe that encourage children to explore world cultures, language studies, creative arts, social studies, history, literature and more.
Join us for curriculum-supported screenings of the best multicultural children’s films that open students’ eyes and minds to new worlds, new people, and new ideas!
FESTIVAL AND EXTENDED FESTIVAL SCREENINGS: (Weekdays in October & November) Morning and afternoon screenings in locations throughout Chicago. The complete Festival schedule is available in September. (Not all Festival films are available for post-Festival screenings - contact the Group Sales Coordinator for a list of available film programs.)
YEAR-ROUND SCREENINGS: Arrange a film field trip to Facets Multi-Media that fits YOUR schedule – flexible morning and afternoon time slots available. CLICK HERE for more info and a list of film programs. (Not available October-November.)
IN-SCHOOL SCREENINGS: Can't make it to Facets? Let Facets come to you for a film screening and professionally-led discussion with your group. Flexible dates & times. CLICK HERE for more info and a list of film programs. (Not available in October-November.)
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Facets Children's Programs reach children of all ages with inspiring messages, diverse stories, and intellectually stimulating activities. After one film program, you will have weeks of exciting and thought-provoking material for discussion, writing assignments, and follow-up exercises.
A free, comprehensive curriculum is provided to all groups, with learning and assessment plans designed to further expand your students’ experience after the screening.
Stimulating pre- and post-film discussions are led by the Festival’s trained media educators for every screening. The Festival also welcomes dozens of international filmmakers who lead interactive Q&As following many screenings.
The Festival’s film programs are aligned with the new Common Core Standards, addressing skills in areas such as:
A free, comprehensive curriculum is provided to all groups and is aligned with the Common Core Standards. The curriculum is provided electronically prior to your screening date.
GRADE LEVEL INDEX
Film programs tailored specifically to each grade level; Pre-K to High School. Grade and age ranges are suggested for each program and are offered as a general guideline only.
Symbols are used to mark programs that contain profanity (P), violence (V), or mature themes (M), relative to the suggested age range of the program.
SUBTITLES, NO PROBLEM!
Professional actors will read the English subtitles of foreign-language films aloud in programs for Pre-K through 2nd Grade (ages 2-8).
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America and features over 200 films from 40 countries. One of the most unique festivals in the country, showcasing the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value affirming new cinema for children, the Festival is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children's film festivals in the world.
For more than 30 years, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival has set new standards for what children's festivals can achieve. As the longest running children's film program in North America, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival discovers the best in world cinema by continually raising the bar for quality children's programming.
Welcoming 23,000 Chicago area children, adults, and educators each year, over 100 filmmakers, media professionals & celebrities attend the Festival to lead interactive workshops with kids. Interactive workshops comprise an important part of our mission to make media a participatory rather than a passive experience.
Past attendees include: Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), animators from LAIKA Studios (makers of Coraline and ParaNorman), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers), Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day), Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter); Terry Jones (Monty Python's Flying Circus); and film critic Roger Ebert