Chicago International Children's Film Festival

1517 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614


The Chicago International Children's Film Festival:

In 1983, Facets founded the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the first competitive festival of films for children in the U.S. The impetus for the Festival came from a need to introduce new, culturally diverse films for children to American children's audiences, and to recognize excellence in children's filmmaking. In addition, the Festival sought to empower children by involving them directly in the jurying process. From its inception, the Festival has had independent juries of children and adult media professionals awarding prizes in multiple categories.

Festival Highlights:

For over 30 years, Facets' Chicago International Children's Film Festival has developed into a world-class event that is widely recognized as the major Festival of films and videos for children in North America: Over 80,000 children, the majority from low-income Chicago communities, have attended free of charge. Over 350,000 children have attended the Festival on school field trips. More than 2000 new films have received world premieres at the Festival. Hundreds of films discovered at the Festival have gone on to gain commercial U.S. distribution. Hundreds of filmmakers, media professionals, and celebrities from places as far away as Sri Lanka, Iran, Russia, Senegal, Mongolia, and New Zealand have led workshops and discussions with Chicago-area children.

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