Facets Children’s Programs and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival


Scroll down for the latest Facets Children’s Programs news for kids, parents, filmmakers & educators!   

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Facets Kids Film Camp
Register NOW for 2016!
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!

Facets Kids Film Camp 2  
Intermediate Level Production

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. A terrific intermediate level film production program for kids and teens. Preresequite: should be a graduate of Facets Kids Film Camp or have demonstrable knowledge of film production and vocabulary. 


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The Best of the Fest Anywhere!

As the creator of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, we at Facets have discovered 10,000  of the very best films for children and youth over the past 3 decades. 

Now you and your children can enjoy hundreds of these amazing films via the FacetsKids APP for your tablet, phone or computer.  

Submit Your Film to the Festival    
Entry Deadline, May 31!

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.     

Weekend Filmmaking Workshops at Facets  

Check out the filmmaking workshops this winter & spring. For kids of all ages! Register today. 

Save the Date!
33rd Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 
October 28 – November 6, 2016

Join us for the largest festival of films for children, youth and families screening 250 films from 40 countries. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival in 2016! Check back in September for complete 2016 Festival details. 

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winning Films




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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Filmmaker Accreditation  

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! 

2015 Screening Details (By Title)   

Professional Accreditation – ProPass 

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 Film Ambassadors  

Do you love movies AND travel? Then check out the Facets Film Ambassadors program where youth ages 13-17 get an opportunity to represent Facets, Chicago and the United States at prestigious film festivals in India, Canada, or India as part of their youth juries.  

CLICK HERE to find out more and to apply.  



Movie-Themed Birthday Parties at Facets

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!

For more information, click here or contact parties@facets.org.

Internships Available – Accepting Applications for 2016

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! 

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Year-Round Group Screenings


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. 

Year-Round Group Screening Reservation Details  

Weekend Practice

Contact: Group Sales Coordinator 
773-281-9075 ext. 3009

Year-Round Group Screening Programs Include: 

No Bullies, Please!   
Check out these popular short film programs that foster discussion and promote understanding, tolerence and respect. Programs for grades Pre-K through 8th. 

Language & Literature

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. 


Science-Based Programs
Science-based programs for K-8th grade including life science, earth science, physical science, and engineering.   


Celebrate World Heritage, Language & Diversity

Facets Group Screenings offer a wide array of programs celebrating world heritage, language, and diversity. Check out some of these fantastic programs!

African and African American Stories
Nelson MandelaMexican Heritage
Jewish Heritage
Asian Heritage 
Native American Heritage
French Films  
Award Winners
LGBT Identity
Holiday Films

High School Programs

I Am a Girl

Facets Children + Youth offers a diverse range of themed screening programs for high school audiences grades 9-12 (ages 14-18). Bring the world of cinema to your students through a group screening. 

The Impact of Your Support


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.