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2018 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Sunday, November 4

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2018 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Part of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

  • Date: November 4, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Price: $10
    Festival Pass for $35 gives entry all 4 Festival Screenings
  • Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, 60045

Each year, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival presents the best, most innovative film and educational experiences for kids, families, students, and industry professionals.

Giving filmmakers, families, educators, and media professionals access to the newest and most innovative children’s films, the CICFF continues to use the power of film to offer a unique look into the lives and cultures of people around the world.



By My Side

10:00 AM Ages 1 – 6

There’s nothing like a new buddy to help sort out new impressions and new situations.

In the first two shorts, it takes all sorts of sounds and shapes to come together to toot the best tunes. In one short, a bird couple is looking for their ideal home – what neighborhood is right for them? In another short, a very particular pig needs to figure out just what his duck neighbor’s antics are all about. In another short, Bear is stuck in a cave – can he rely on the little forest creatures to help get him out? In the last short, Evi and her grandfather create the perfect tea party from some unlikely treasures. Teamwork makes the dreamwork for these smart critters.
English, French, Dutch, Swedish, Hakka Chinese, nonverbal. This program will have subtitles read aloud.
60 mins
Island, The Musical World of Mr. Zoink, By My Side, Patchwork Mole, Tyrannosaurus Funk, The New Neighbors: Making Smiles, Bird Couple Looking for a House, The Pig on the Hill, Like an Elephant in a China Shop, The Robot and the Whale, Strength in Numbers, Evi & Co: “Together”


The Highway Rat

12:30 PM Ages 5-8

An animated family film based on the much-loved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo) and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The film recounts the story of a dastardly rat bandit who’s smitten with sweets. His catchphrase is: “Give me your pastries and puddings! Give me your chocolate and cake! For I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take!” Featuring the voices of David Tennant (Dr. Who), Rob Brydon, and Frances de la Tour.
English, French, Japanese, nonverbal. This program will have subtitles read aloud.
66 mins
The Box, Stumblebee, Dust Buddies, Mrs. Pamela, Penguin, Mogu and Perol, The Highway Rat



3:00PM Ages 8+

These adventurous folktales are full of giants, barnyard misfits, and excitement.

In the first film, three barn animals go through a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures. In another, Hilda lives in the countryside with her mother and her pet deer. They live in harmony with woodland beings like the Hidden People, the mysterious Giant who only visits sporadically at night, the droll Wooden Man, and various other elves and trolls. When the Hidden People try to evict Hilda, she resolves to do everything she can to preserve her turf. However, being a good neighbor is a lot more complicated than she thought, and she soon sets out on a series of adventures in order to protect her beloved home.
English, French
71 mins
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales: “A Baby to Deliver”, Hilda: “The Midnight Giant”


5:00PM Ages 10-13

The animated short films in this collection have piqued the interest of our Festival tween focus group!

Whether stop-motion or line-drawn, the animated films in this collection are sure to please. One film is based on a Neil Gaiman poem, and it depicts a character who seeks to tempt the viewer into questioning reality. In another film in the collection, an Oscar-nominated director offers an Edward Gorey-esque series of monster vignettes. In the last short, a man proves that wealth is not the true source of happiness.
English, Guarani, nonverbal
70 mins
Undiscovered, Enough, Hate for Sale, Land without Evil, Notes on Monstropedia, StoryTime: “Sine and Saloum”, Awaker, Late Afternoon, The Stonemason’s Dream

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.

For more information visit www.facets.org


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Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

Seating is general admission


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


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