FACETS announces 38th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, November 5-14


The festival includes the launch of the young adult program, new dimensions, in-person screenings at FACETS and ChiTown Movies Drive-In with nationwide broadcast via the Eventive platform.

FACETS 38th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), one of only two international children’s film festivals to qualify for the Oscars, announces that this year’s tickets are on sale at www.facets.org. Presented from Friday November 5 to Sunday November 14 FACETS is pleased to offer limited in-person screenings as well as the entire festival available for national streaming.

In-person screenings will take place at FACETS, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., and the opening night will be at ChiTown Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St. Another new addition this year will be the launch of New Dimensions, a program designed for moviegoers aged 18 and over. more. The CICFF, which traditionally presents films for 3-18 year olds, believes that young adults should continue to have the opportunity to discover the best of cinema within this festival which meets their interests, life experiences and curiosities. .

The program will contain more mature content, new innovative and avant-garde animations as well as high-quality short films, documentaries and feature films. The full CICFF schedule is available now. General ticket prices are $ 10 for in person and $ 15 for a virtual screening, with festival passes and FACETS ‘ Member discounts available. Ticket buyers should visit www.facets.org to view all ticket options and purchase tickets.

Karen Cardarelli, Executive Director of FACETS, said: “Through the many programming phases over the years, none has had such a big impact as the current global pandemic. Last year we quickly took the festival to a fully virtual format and are delighted to once again welcome guests for live screenings from around the world. Our new relationship with ChiTown Movies is one that we are extremely happy to offer to families, as it will bring the thrill of the screen to a safe, outdoor space.

“We are so committed to maintaining quality programming that we are even expanding and offering more films for young adults and audiences 18 and over. We have named this program New Dimensions, and with its launch we hope to bring back our beloved audience who may think they have ‘aged’ from our festival and also those who believe in high quality programming and love to do the show. experience of well-organized cinema in general.

Every year FACETS ‘ The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) is proud to present a diverse selection of high quality films for children and teens from around the world. For the 2021 season, CICFF’s carefully curated selection of short and feature films showcase powerful and determined girls and young women and young people who struggle, triumph and are free to express their joy at all stages of their growth. .

Festival Highlights – FEATURE FILMS (For full schedule, visit website).

Any day (Finland); Directed by Hamy Ramezan • Persian with English subtitles • 82 minutes • Watch trailer • Recommended for ages 11-14

Ramin is 13 and about to enter college. He and his Iranian family live in a refugee center in Finland. The audience will see their daily joys, the morning rituals before school, the parties with friends and how Ramin and his family keep a positive attitude despite the ever looming danger of deportation. It’s a sweet ‘coming of age’ story caught in the harsh reality of immigration. As families await the latest news on their asylum claim, Ramin wonders how to approach a girl he loves. “Any Day Now” shows the human side of immigration and provides insight into the experiences, challenges and hopes of young people who await news of their status.

Birta (Iceland); Directed by Bragi Thor Hinrisskon • Icelandic with English subtitles • 85 minutes • Watch trailer • Recommended for ages 8-14

11-year-old Birta overhears her single mother talking about her precarious financial situation and decides that Christmas may not be this year. She decides to take responsibility for making Christmas possible for the family and sets out in search of making enough money before the holidays to help her hard-working mother. Birta is a charming and persuasive young entrepreneur with incredible problem-solving skills. She enlists the help of her younger sister and her best friend to sell everything from cookies to frozen fish. However, not everything goes as planned. It’s not that easy when you’re only 11 and trying to keep it a secret. “Birta” is fun family entertainment that will melt an icy vacation heart, but also contains lessons on the true meaning of giving and the importance of honesty.

YOUTH VS GOV is an uplifting film that shows the power of young people as they fight for the US government for action on climate change.

Youth versus government (United States); Directed by Christi Cooper • English • 109 minutes • Watch trailer • Recommended for ages 11 and up

This inspiring documentary follows the lives of a group of brave young American citizens from across the country who decide to face the most powerful government in the world. Twenty-one courageous young people have taken unprecedented legal action against the US government, claiming that it has deliberately acted for six decades to create a climate crisis, thereby endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty and freedom. the property. “Youth v Gov” not only informs but motivates young people to act.

Festival Highlights – SHORT

DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FACED with decisions as she tries to cope with her world and the world of business.

DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS GOOD (UK); Directed by Ethosheia Hylton • English and Yoruba with English subtitles • 15 minutes • Watch trailer • Recommended for ages 11 and up

A Nigerian teenager, Dọlápọ̀ attended a British boarding school. She’s bright, fun, and free-spirited, but when trying to find a job in London’s financial hub, a Nigerian mentor pushes her to give up her natural hairstyle, wear a wig, and use an easier-to-understand nickname. to pronounce. Dọlápọ̀ is faced with questions about her identity and self-image. She must decide if she is ready to change who she is in order to meet the expectations of others.

AN IMAGE FROM THE short film “Salt”, where the young Sanura learns to regain her joy one afternoon in rhythm during the salt harvest, working alongside her mother.

FACETS ‘ CICFF38 is supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Comer Family Foundation, NEA Art Works, Illinois Arts Agency (partial support), Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Prince Charitable Trust, Allstate, Conant Family Foundation, Stuart & Jesse Abelson Foundation, Seabury Foundations (New program Dimensions), Sterling Bay and WTTW.