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

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


Schools & Groups

The best in films for children and youth from around the world, right here in Chicago!  

Facets offers group screenings throught the year. Scroll down for program details available at Facets or at your school!

Help your students experience the world in a new way – all it takes is a trip to the movies!

CICFF Group ScreeningsPerfect 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!

Fest Group

  • Programs for all grade levels; Pre-K through High School
  • Free curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards.
  • Pre- and post- screening discussions led by trained media educators.
  • Group screening programs available year-round.
  • Can’t make it to Facets? In-school screenings available.
  • Available Screenings & Programs:

    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.) 

    SAVE THE DATE for the 32nd annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
    October 23 – November 1, 2015

    YEAR-ROUND SCREENINGS : Arrange a film field trip to Facets Multi-Media that fits YOUR schedule  flexible morning and afternoon time slots available. Screenings can be booked at Facets Cinema or at your school (in-school screening); special rates apply for in-school screenings. (Not available during the Festival, October-November.)


    Group Reservation Info:

    Group Sales Coordinator
    773-281-9075 ext. 3009

    • $6.00 per child for groups of 25 or more ($7 for groups under 25). 
    • Group leaders and chaperones attend for free.  Additional charges may apply.
    • Concessions (16 oz. popcorn & soda) are available at Facets and screenings at other, select theaters.
    • Additional fees apply for in-school screenings.

    Reservation Form Downloads:

    FESTIVAL & EXTENDED-FESTIVAL Screenings (Oct & Nov)
    YEAR-ROUND Group Screenings (Facets & in-school)

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    Group Screening Highlights:

    • Over 200 films from 40 countries.
    • Film programs tailored specifically to each grade level; Pre-K to High School.
    • Programs celebrating cultural diversity, ethnic heritage & diversity. 
    • Stimulating pre and post-screening discussions led by trained media educators. 
    • Free curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards.
    • Invitations to Professional Development Workshops (with CPDU credits) for attending educators.


    The Festival’s film programs are aligned with the new Common Core Standards, addressing skills in areas such as:

    • Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Critical Thinking
    • Social Science/History: Heritage, Global Cultures, and Cross-Cultural Understanding
    • Fine Arts: Film/Media, Principles of Art, Music, Theatre, and Movement
    • Social Emotional: Values Clarification, Character Building, and Empathy Development
    • Foreign Languages: World Languages, Culture, and Geography
    • Science: Scientific Inquiry, Concepts, and Technology in Society

    Additional Group Information:  


    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.

    Group Screening Curriculum Overview- How It Works!


    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.

    PROGRAM GUIDANCEMature Theme LogoViolence IconProfanity Icon

    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.


    Professional actors will read the English subtitles of foreign-language films aloud in programs for Pre-K through 2nd Grade (ages 2-8).

    About the Festival:



    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 20,000 Chicago area children, adults, and educators each year, nearly 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