Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Chicago – Now in its 34th year, Facets’ Chicago International Children’s Film Festival gives filmmakers, families, educators, and media professionals access to the newest and most innovative films for kids and teens. After three decades, the Festival continues to use the power of film to offer a unique look into the lives and cultures of people from around the world.
The Festival runs from October 27 – November 5, 2017 at eight Chicagoland locations: Facets (Lincoln Park), Davis Theater (Lincoln Square), Music Box Theatre (Lakeview), Wilmette Theatre (Wilmette), Alliance Française (Gold Coast), Cervantes Institute (River North), U of C Logan Center (Hyde Park), and The Gorton Community Center (Lake Forest).
The full Festival schedule and ticketing information will be available in October, 2017. Field trip bookings and Festival Family passes are available now at facets.org/cicff.
Since 1983, the core of the Festival’s mission has been to seek out and champion films that not only represent the best of their kind, but can adequately speak to the experience of contemporary kids and teens. Today, we find this to be just as important, if not more so, since we live in a time obsessed with instantaneous connectivity. We now have the ability to know what’s going on in Peoria as quickly as London, Tokyo, Tehran, or Burkina Faso. Once distant locations are now only a click away.
Mary Visconti, Facets Executive Director, speaks to this point: “For over 40 years, Facets has introduced people of all ages to the beauty and power of independent filmmaking. Our programming for young audiences is just as thoughtful as the programming we offer grownups every night of the week at the Facets Cinémathèque. That is what is so awesome about the Festival.”
She continues, “Kids grow up with easy access to video content, but what exactly are they taking in? They are absorbing commercial content that not only dumbs messaging down to the lowest common denominator, but is also infused with advertising that urges them to consume even more. Facets offers young people an alternative. Our Festival programs beautiful, whimsical films that delight and entertain alongside more challenging work that can provoke critical thinking and spur empathetic practice. The Festival is a place of audience building, but it is also very much a place of community building.”
Similar to past years, the 34th Festival offers both general public and field trip screenings for kids and teens. This year, the Festival will present a wide variety of international films, including Napping Princess from Kenji Kamiyama, the director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses, featuring the voices of Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Under the Tuscan Sun) and Ellen Page (Juno).
Expanding on this year’s Official Selection, Festival Director Ann Vikstrom says, “The 34th Festival is very exciting and we’re proud to present the best in film and television for kids and teens. With almost twice as many submissions this season, we have selected the best 287 films from 47 countries. We are looking forward to learning which one might be considered for the Oscar short list on November 5th – as we’ve got pretty great traction with the Academy.”
She goes on to say, “Continuing in the vein of our mission to be inclusive and welcoming of all stories and characters on a global scale, this year there is a focus on immigration and the refugee crisis. Kids and teens have to navigate a very different world, one that they will inherit, and these films speak to that complexity.”
Facets’ 34th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival runs from October 27 – November 5, 2017. Full Festival schedule and individual tickets will be available in October, 2017. Field trip bookings and Festival Family passes are available now at facets.org/cicff.
Facets’ Chicago International Children’s Film Festival presents the best, most innovative film and educational experiences for kids, teens, families, students, and industry professionals. The Festival is operated by Facets, a nonprofit that connects 30k+ people annually to independent ideas through transformative film experiences.
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