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Opening

Opening Night Kick-Off Party

Friday, October 26
6:00PM – Reception
7:00PM - Opening Remarks and Film Presentation*

Facets Multi-Media
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago

RSVP Required: For FREE tickets, call 773-281-9075 ext. 3011 or email kidsfest@facets.org 

Film

Come celebrate the opening of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival and join the fun where everyone is a VIP. Featuring a special performance by Disney Studios and Grammy-nominated recording artist RALPH COVERT, whose latest music video My Magic Trick will be screen at this year's event! 

 

Film Program:

How Shammies Guessed (Latvia) 2 min.
A Sea Turtle Story (Canada) 8 min.
Snack Attack (USA) 5 min.
The Pencil That Didn't Know How to Write (Portugal) 5 min.
Bear Me (Germany) 6 min.
The Boy With Chocolate Fingers (England) 10 min.
Pishto Goes Away (Russia) 9 min.
Kali the Little Vampire (Canada/France/Portugal) 10 min.
The Other Side (Israel) 22 min.

Running Time: 77 minutes

 

ParaNorman

ParaNorman: Discussion with LAIKA Studios
2 Screening Opportunities! 

Join us for a special Halloween treat! Mark Shapiro from LAIKA Studios will host a post-screening discussion onStop Motion MagicParaNorman is the stop-motion comedy thriller from the same studio as the Academy Award-nominatedCoraline (2009). We are fortunate to welcome him to the Music Box for this very special inside look. 

PARANORMAN COSTUME CONTEST: Enter the "Grizzliest Zombie Costume Contest" by coming in costume to the screening. Prizes awarded by audience vote, presided by Mark Shapiro himself. Win super

cool, ParaNorman memorabilia!   

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m., (PG)
Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago)
$9 adults, $6 children, FREE for Facets Members & Family Pass holders 

Sunday, October 28, 6:00 p.m., (PG)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts - Performance Hall (915 E. 60th St., Chicago)
$9 adults, $6 children, FREE for Facets Members & Family Pass holders 

 

Norman is a misunderstood 11-year-old who has the power to speak to the dead. His neighbors are afraid of him, his parents are worried about him, and his sister is embarrassed by him. It seems like everyone wishes Norman would just be normal. But lucky for them, he’s not. In addition to zombies, the town’s only “ghoul whisperer” will have to take on ghosts, witches—and worst of all, grown-ups—to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But will his paranormal activities be pushed to their otherworldly limits? Featuring the voices of John Goodman, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Elaine Stritch, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Norman.

The Pirates!

The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Discussion with Aardman Animations

Join us for a screening of the latest feature from Aardman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, along a post-screening Q&A with Loyd Price, Supervising Animator from Aardman Studios! 

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS COSTUME & TRIVIA CONTEST: Enter the "Pirate Costume and Trivia Contest" by coming in costume to the screening. Prizes awarded by audience vote, presided by Aardman Supervising Animator, Loyd Price. Win awesome stuff!   

Sunday, October 28, 11:30 a.m., (PG)
Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago)
$9 adults, $6 children, FREE for Facets Members & Family Pass holders 

 

Aardman

Behind the Genius of Aardman

Sunday, October 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m., (Adults)
Facets (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago)
$30, FREE for accredited Festival guests

 

Aardman

Join us as we welcome Loyd Price, Supervising Animator from Aardman Studios, who will lead an interactive discussion with Festival filmmakers, Chicago area animators, and press. A screening of The Making of The Pirates! Band of Misfits will be followed by the sharing of insights, research, and new techniques, as well as a reception.

 

pumpkin

Flick or Treat - Festival Halloween Programs - BOO! 

You want 'em, we got 'em! Check out our Halloween offerings for some spooky, scary & wacky stories for the season.  

Complete List of Festival HALLOWEEN Screenings, Appearances, Contests & Events 

First Clapper to Final Cut - peer to peer workshop

Saturday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Ages 10-16)Piece of Cake
Facets (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago)
$10 members, FREE for accredited Festival guests

How do you turn an idea into a film, and how do you get your film made and seen? Join Susan and Katherine Procopio, the teenage twins behind Piece of Cake, a new live-action short film that’s sure to be a favorite at this year’s Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. The award-winning team will offer insights and tips on the production process for beginners and seasoned kid filmmakers and share their works-in-progress with their peers. 

Please note: This workshop, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2, has been moved to Saturday, November 3 from 9:30am-11am. 

 

Pixar

Tribute to Pixar Animation

Saturday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., (PG)
Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago)
$9 adults, $6 children, FREE for Facets Members & Family Pass holders 

 

Don’t miss this screening of Pixar shorts and a post-screening discussion with Dylan Brown, Creative Director of Pixar Canada who will share insights from the legendary, Academy Award-winning Pixar Animation Studios. 

 

Tribute to the National Film Board of Canada

Screening & Reception

NFBC

Saturday, November 3

11am – Reception (for NFBC screening attendees)
1pm - Film Presentation (94 minutes, Ages 9+)

Facets Multi-Media (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago) 
$9 adults, $6 children, FREE for Facets Members & Family Pass holders 

 

 

Whether celebrating the heritage of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada or the chaotic glory of modern life, these films give us a glimpse into the rich and complex cultures of Canada. In one beautifully animated short, four sisters put their heads together to transform a tedious car ride across the vast northern landscape into one amazing family adventure. Next, a would-be accordionist whimsically reflects upon the lost optimism of his youth. Finally, our friends from Wapos Bay are back in one of the defining episodes from this landmark children’s series that aired on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. As the tribe’s youngsters strive to fulfill their responsibilities, they discover that taking the easiest path might not be the most rewarding experience. Come enjoy the quirky humor and creative diversity that has come to define our neighbors up north!

Hothouse 5: “Wiggles and Giggles” (Canada) 2 min 
The Bear Facts (Canada) 4 min
Jeu (Canada/Switzerland) 4 min
Engine 371 (Canada) 9 min
Big Drive (Canada) 10 min
Private Eyes (Canada) 12 min
The Necktie (Canada) 13 min
How People Got Fire (Canada) 16 min
Wapos Bay: “Self Improvement” (Canada) 24 min     

 

French Consulate

Tribute to French Animation
Screenings & Reception

Saturday, November 3

3pm - Film Presentation Zarafa (75 minutes, Ages 10+)
5pm – Reception (for Zarafa & The Painting screening attendees)
7pm - Film Presentation The Painting (78 minutes, Ages 9+)

Facets Multi-Media (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago) 

$9 adults, $6 children, FREE for Facets Members & Family Pass holders 
Tickets must be purchased for films individually. 

Zarafa

Zarafa (France, 75 minutes, Ages 9+)

 

Inspired by a true story and the beloved French children’s book, Zarafa is an adventure gorgeously animated and beautifully told. Maki, a young African boy, escapes the clutches of an evil slave trader. After outwitting his captors, Maki befriends Hassan, a soldier from Alexandria, and Zarafa, a giraffe from Africa, who help him find his good friend Soula and return to his village in Africa. With the help of old and new techniques, Maki and his friends also attempt to destroy the evil trader and help Zarafa escape from her captivity in a French zoo. The characters in Zarafa perform tremendous acts of courage while crossing Africa and Europe. Together they create a fun and adventurous story that keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats! 
Screened in French, with English subtitles.

 

The Painting

The Painting  (France, 78 minutes, Ages 9+)

 

Enjoy a feast for the eyes and the imagination in this feature-length animated film about an imaginary world where characters in paintings come to life. Meet the impeccably painted Alldunns, who live in a majestic palace, and the Halfies, who are shunned by the Alldunns because the Painter has left them incomplete. Meanwhile, the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines, are banished to the cursed forest. Follow the adventures of Claire, a Halfie, and her beloved Ramo, an Alldunn, as they journey to discover what the Painter has in mind for all his creations. Screened in French with English subtitles. 

 

The Painting with Special Q&A - Art Institute of Chicago

 

A special screening of The Painting will also be held at the Art Institute of Chicago in conjunction with the Chicago International Children's Film Festival and the French Consulate. For more information on this special screening and optional workshop for 'tweens ages 9-12, visit the Art Institute of Chicago's website .  

Tickets to this screening and workshop are only available through the Art Institute of Chicago. Festival accreditation will not be valid for this screening and workshop. Please visit the Art Institute's Website for more information. 

 

Awards

Closing Night Awards Presentation

Sunday, November 4
6:00PM - Awards Presentation
7:00PM - Film Presentation*
8:15PM - Reception

Facets Multi-Media
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago

RSVP Required: For FREE tickets, call 773-281-9075 ext. 3011 or email kidsfest@facets.org

And the winner is…!   Feel the anticipation at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony for the 29th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. This exciting night of surprises promises to be one to remember with over 30 awards announced. After the ceremony, stay for a special screening of award winning short films* and reception. Meet the filmmakers while we close the curtains on the 2012 Festival!

The Montgomery Foundation presents the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prizes for Best Film by an Emerging Director and Best Child-Produced Film.

 

*Films shown may contain profanity, violence or mature themes. Films will be presented in their original languages and subtitles will not be read aloud.