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Facets & CICFF



For over 35 years, Facets Multi-Media has focused on developing innovative programs for children. Film critic Roger Ebert has called Facets children's programs "one of the great movie treasures of Chicago." The American Academy of Pediatrics refers to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival as "a jewel representing the very best in international children's video, film and television programs."



Gorton is proud to once again partner with Facets to host two spectacular events, International Filmmaker Night on November 3rd, and  the Chicago International Children's Film Festival at Gortonon November 5th. 



Doors open 6:30PM, Films begin 7:00PM

Meet and talk cinematic shop with filmmakers and see exclusive clips of their work from this year's festival.

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Tickets are $20 for the evening - Student tickets are $5

If you are interested in purchasing student tickets please contact jamie@gortoncenter.org.


Festival Screenings at Gorton


Gorton is thrilled to bring this Chicago Festival that is 33 years running to the North Shore for the second consecutive year. In 1983, Facets founded the CICFF, the first competitive festival of films for children in the U.S. which has developed into a world-class event that is widely recognized as the major festival of films and videos for children in North America. The impetus came from a need to introduce new, culturally diverse films to the American children's audience, and to recongnize excellence in children's filmmaking.  In addition, the festival sought to empower children by involving them directly in the jurying process. From its incepton, the festival has had independent juries of children and adult media professionals awarding prizes in multiple categories. 


A CICFF at Gorton Festival Pass will get you into every screening on Saturday and is $25. Festival passes are non-transferable between individuals. Online sales are finished, you may purchase a Festival pass at the door.


Pre-K/Early Childhood Film Shorts 10:00 am-11:00 am

"Discovering New Worlds"

In this group of animated shorts, characters take on surprising adventures with new friends! Ages 7 & under.

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Lower Elementary Film Shorts 11:30 am-12:45 pm

"Animation A-Team"

This collection of shorts by animation heavy hitters proves that adventure is a team sport. Ages 8 & up.

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 Upper Elementary/Middle School Film 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Long Way North

Sasha embarks on an epic journey to find her lost grandfather and save her family's reputation. Ages 9 & up.

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Tickets are $10 per screening time

Seating is general admission

The CICFF in numbers:

8,000 films screened
32 Oscar nominations
8 Oscars awarded from the Academy of Motion Arts
525,000 children who have been transformed by the power of film



Facets Mission

The mission of Facets Children's Programs is to foster an appreciation of media, teaching children, parents and educators to recognize their emotional response to media to help them understand media's messages, articulate their thoughts and opinions, and develop original ideas into short films.

Further, it is their mission to set an internationally recognized standard of excellence in film and television production for children; to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by showcasing films of the highest quality; and by providing a professional forum through which their work may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences.

Facets Multimedia is committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and to using media as a tool to stimulate critical thinking-essential to living in a digital age.


This year's festival in Chicago runs October 28th through November 6th. For more information visit www.facets.org


Gorton Community Center will take and may use photos and videos from this event for its promotional purposes. Your attendance indicates your consent to the above.


If you have any questions please contact Jamie Hall, Special Events & Film Manager, at jamie@gortoncenter.org

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