The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival aims to set an internationally-recognized standard of excellence in film for children and youth.
Our Mission
We strive to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by showcasing international films of the highest quality and awarding prizes in multiple categories of production formats and genres. The film experiences of young viewers are deepened through a broad range of programs which extend Festival film viewing into discussion and learning.

The Festival is the oldest children’s film festival in the Western Hemisphere and is the largest and first Oscar-qualifying children’s film festival in the world.

The 37th annual Festival runs from November 13—November 22, 2020 at multiple Chicago-area venues and presents on average 250 new films from 40 countries along with field trips and educational programs.  

The Festival is presented by Facets, a nonprofit that connects people to independent ideas through transformative film experiences.
Our Team
See Facets' about page for full staff list.