Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fabulous Film Fest For The 4th -- Celebrate CPS Off Day With Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR THE CPS DAY OFF ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH



SPECIAL NOVEMBER 4TH PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
ABULELE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THREE SHORT FILM PROGRAMS FOR AGES 7+
ALL DAY WORKSHOP TELLING A STORY THROUGH COMPUTER ANIMATION FOR AGES 7+

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT www.facets.org 

Here at ChiIL Mama, CICFF has been a favorite of ours for decades. I was a year round volunteer at Facets for over 25 years and covered many "Kids Fest" shifts before and after I had children of my own. My kids have even volunteered to take tickets and fill concessions multiple times over the years. Since 2009 when I began blogging and freelance writing full time, I've written about the fest, interviewed filmmakers, and reviewed films. We'll be back out this Friday through Sunday too.

Oscar® qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival announces Special Programs for the November 4th CPS day off and its closing weekend line-up of screenings November 5 & 6 at Chicago's Facets Theatre, Music Box Theatre. Established in 1983, the Festival is the nation's largest for children and teens and is presenting over 280 all new animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts and features from approximately 44 countries. Tickets are on sale now at www.facets.org. Festival Family Pass' are available now and can be purchased at www.facets.org or at Facets located at 1517 W. Fullerton in Chicago. 

The special programs are featured for kids ages 7+ on the CPS day off school Friday, November 4th. Programs include the popular features Beauty and the Beast and Abulele, three short film programs and the the all day workshop Telling a Story Through Computer Animation. Programs are located at Facets and the Music Box Theatre with tickets and workshop registration available now at www.facets.org.

DATE: November 4th - Full schedule available at www.facets.org

LOCATIONS: Facets at 1517 W. Fullerton, Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport

SPECIAL NOVEMBER 4th SCREENINGS and WORKSHOP DURING CPS DAY OFF - 
Five special film programs and one workshop for kids with the day off school, Ages 7+. November 4th screening locations include Facets and Music Box Theatres.

* Abulele - Live Action Feature Film, Isreal, Ages 10+, Music Box at 10:15AM
* Stone Soup - Shorts Program, Ages 7+, Facets at 9:45 AM
* Higher Ground - Shorts Program, Ages 13+ Facets at 10:15AM
* Beauty and the Beast - Live Action Feature Film, France, Ages 11+, Music Box at 9:45AM
* Express Yourself - Shorts Program, Ages 14+, Facets at 11:45AM

Workshop - Telling a Story Through Computer Animation  - Ages 7+, Facets from 10:00AM-4:30PM


CENTERPIECE SCREENINGS:


* BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Live-action, France, Christophe Gans, French, with English subtitles

After falling into financial ruin, a kind, widowed merchant does his best to provide for his six children, including brave, beautiful, and well-grounded Belle. One eventful night, he stumbles upon a fantastic castle holding unspeakable treasures and riches. But when he is tempted to take a single rose from an enchanted garden, he becomes indebted to Beast, the castle's keeper, and it is his beloved Belle pays the price. Will Belle transform both Beast's fate and her own circumstances through the power of love? Impressive special effects, cinematography, and costumes in this César Award-winning film, starring Léa Seydoux ("Spectre", "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Lobster", "Saint Laurent") and Vincent Cassel ("Jason Bourne", "The Little Prince", "Black Swan"). Recommended ages: 11+


* ABULELE - US Premiere, Live-action, Israel, Jonathan Geva, Hebrew, with English subtitles.

At school, Adam struggles with both grades and bullies. At home, he grapples with the recent loss of his brother. Amidst this difficulty, he stumbles upon an unlikely friend, a little monster named Abulele. But what starts as an innocent friendship leads to a dangerous chase. With the help of his new pal, Tamar, Adam must protect his monster at all costs while showing some powerful adults how to grow up. Recommended ages: 10+

Workshop
Telling a Story Through Computer Animation
Learn how to tell compelling stories through animation and computer programming with filmmaker and tech extraordinaire, Jeff Sweeton.

Like playing video games, but you'd rather tell a story of your own? Start out by learning character development and storytelling basics, and then bring these ideas to life with coding fundamentals. In the end, you will program your very own animated storyboard-or as we call it in the biz, an animatic.
Takeaways:
Learn principals of storytelling
Computer programming and coding language
Universal relationships of characters within media
Basic drawing
Animatic creation
Registration: $40 Facets members, $45 non-members


Festival Tickets
CICFF programs are listed alphabetically. Program seating is guaranteed only with advance individual ticket purchase online.
Ticket Prices
Children (ages 2–18):   $6.00
Adults:   $10.00
Facets Members:   $5.00
Family Pass holders:   FREE
Family Pass

Admits up to 4 (adults or children) to all 2016 general Festival screenings including both weekends and weekdays. This pass does not guarantee seating. The Family Pass can be purchased here.

Facets Members

Discounted admission for Facets Patron Circle Members and one accompanying guest to all general Festival screenings. The membership does not guarantee seating. Click here for more information on becoming a Facets Patron Circle Member.


ABOUT CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL: 
Chicago International Children's Film Festival was founded in 1983 to introduce new, thoughtful, provocative, and culturally diverse films for children to American audiences, to recognize excellence in children's filmmaking, and empower children by involving them directly in the jurying process. The Festival experience cultivates an appreciation for the arts, encourages active, discerning viewing, and stimulates lively discussion among peers, families, and the film community. The 2016 event takes place October 28-Novenber 6, with over 280 films from over 40 counties, premieres, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, audience voting, and Opening and Closing Night Celebrations. Chicago International Children's Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Alphawood Foundation, Conant Family Foundation, Polk Brothers Foundation, Stuart R. Abelson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Stuart & Jesse Abelson Foundation, The Comer Foundation, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and British International School of Chicago.



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