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



Facets Kids Film Camp


Register NOW for 2016!

Registration details below…

Does your child LOVE movies? 

Facets Kids Film Camp is a summer enrichment program that introduces kids ages 7-14 to the techniques, language, and process of film making. For 20 years, Facets’ film educators, professional filmmakers and respected 

critics have provided expert instruction in what it takes to create and understand movies.


Facets Kids Film Camp helps children develop self-confidence and critical thinking skills while fostering creative expression and collaboration in a fun environment. With an engaging combination of lecture, hands-on exercises, small group activities, writing and discussion, participants:

  • Learn film vocabulary, basic  filmmaking technique, and history as a foundation for movie appreciation and criticism.
  • Create a short film (camera shots, story development, storyboarding, screenwriting, acting, lighting, sound and directing) premiered the last day of Camp.

Making a movie, watching and talking about movies, writing reviews, or seeing the first movie ever made; there’s something for every child at Facets Kids Film Camp!

At the end of the summer camp we invite friends and family to a special graduation ceremony featuring the world premiere of the participants’ movies. Participants also receive a DVD of all of the films made at Camp at the end of the summer. 


Application Form:

Download a PDF of the 2016 Film Camp Application       
Download a PDF of the 2016 Application Details


2016 Film Camp Session Dates:

FULL-DAY (Ages 7-10): June 20 – June 24, 2016 
9am-5pm (Full day)
snack provided (participants bring their own lunch)
Cost: $450 

HALF-DAY (Ages 11-14 & Ages 7-10): June 27 – July 8, 2016Ages 11-14: 9am-12:30pm
Ages 7-10: 2pm-5:30pm
snack provided
Cost: $350

FULL-DAY (Ages 11-14): July 11 – July 15, 2016 
9am-5pm (Full day)
snack provided (participants bring their own lunch)
Cost: $450

FULL-DAY (Ages 7-10): July 18 – July 22, 2016 
snack provided (participants bring their own lunch)
Cost: $450

FULL-DAY (Ages 11-14): July 25 – July 29, 2016 
9am-5pm (Full day)
snack provided (participants bring their own lunch)
Cost: $450

FULL-DAY (Ages 7-10): August 1 – August 5, 2016 
9am-5pm (Full day)
snack provided (participants bring their own lunch)
Cost: $450 



Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago (In Lincoln Park, 1 block east of Ashland on Fullerton)

Close to Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wicker Park, Bucktown, DePaul, Roscoe Village, Avondale, and Logan Square


  • 10% application fee discount – for active Patron Circle members.

  • A limited number of scholarships are available for kids who need financial assistance. Contact Facets Children + Youth at kids@facets.org or 773-281-9075 ext. 3011 for more details.  

Additional Benefits: 

Completion of the summer Facets Kids Film Camp prepares your children for other year-round children’s film programs at Facets, such as:
  • The Children’s Jury of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – Selected campers qualify for the prestigious jury of the country’s largest festival of films for children. Jurors view, critique, and award prizes for the 2012 Festival. By invitation only upon completion of Film Camp.
  • Facets Film Ambassador Program – Selected Film Camp graduates may represent Facets as official delegates at renowned international children’s film festivals in Italy, India, and Canada (ages 13-17).
  • Critical Outlets – Film Camp Alumni contribute movie reviews for publication on the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival website, in print, and on television.

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Facets Kids Film Camp 2  
Intermediate Level Production

August 8 – 19 (Monday-Friday, 2 weeks)
10am – 3pm
at Facets
 (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago)
snack provided (participants bring their own lunch)

Facets Kids Film Camp 2 is a two-week program for children and youth ages 10–15 who are graduates of Facets Kids Film Camp or have demonstrable basic video production knowledge. Participants will work collaboratively to develop and produce a short film, gaining valuable knowledge and skills in filmmaking fundamentals such as cinematography, screenwriting, directing, and editing. Building confidence in their abilities and cultivating their unique vision, your child’s creativity will soar in the filmmaking arts at Facets Kids Film Camp 2. 

Application Form:

Download a PDF of the 2016 Film Camp 2 Application       

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Facets Kids Film Camp is the summer youth program of the year-round Facets Film School, developed by Facets Multi-Media – a leading national non-profit film organization, and producer of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. For 30 years, the Festival is the largest festival of children’s films in North America and is the first Academy Award qualifying children’s film festival in the world.