The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival aims to set an internationally-recognized standard of excellence in film for children and youth.
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. We also provide professional forums to enable quality youth films to gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. 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 and largest children’s film festival in North America and the first Oscar-qualifying children’s film festival in the world.

The 35th annual Festival runs from November 1—November 9, 2018 at eight Chicago-area venues and presents on average 250 new films from 40 countries along with workshops, director presentations, and seminars. 

This year’s Festival theme BUILD focuses on empowering kids and teens to “Build a new world” by constructing bridges across divides, engaging with empathy-driven storytelling, and using creative problem solving to build confidence. 

The Festival is presented by Facets, a nonprofit that connects over 30,000 people annually to independent ideas through transformative film experiences.
Our Team
Ann Vikstrom, Festival Director
Milos Stehlik, Facets Founder and Artistic Director
Kathleen Beckman, Facets Education Director
Paul Gonter, Facets Marketing Director
Sophie Gordon, Festival Registrar