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 NOVEMBER 3 – 19

Tickets On Sale Today - Thursday, Sept.  21

Special Early Bird Pricing Through Thursday, Oct. 12


FACETS 40th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), the first Academy Award qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world, announces tickets for the 40th annual festival are now on sale. The festival is presented from Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 19. FACETS is pleased to offer in-person screenings as well as limited festival selections available via national streaming. The in-person screenings will take place at FACETS Cinema, Logan Center for the Arts, Music Box Theater and The Kehrein Center For The Arts with special events happening at other venues around Chicago including Chicago History Museum and AMC New City 14.  CICFF showcases films for ages 2 - 18 years old and their families. General ticket prices are $12 for in-person and virtual screening, with festival passes and FACETS’ Member discounts available. 

Tickets are on sale now, ticket buyers should visit to purchase tickets and see the current schedule. The site will be updated regularly as additional programming is finalized. The early bird discount rate, available by using code CICFF40EARLYBIRD15, is valid through October 12 on the festival website.


CICFF40 Opening Event (Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.): CICFF40’s Red Carpet Opening at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. with live entertainment, a special screening of family friendly short films and reception celebrating the festival’s 40th anniversary.

“My First Movies” Event (Sunday, Nov. 5): A family friendly event at AMC New City 14, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., geared for the youngest viewers. A screening of age-appropriate shorts for children ages 2-5 years old with special attention paid to what will make their first movie experience a delight. For an added treat, FACETS provides opportunities for hands-on play activities and live music for  sing-alongs.

Animation Celebration Event (Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m): CICFF will celebrate the best animated shorts at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St., with some new and some fan favorites, showcasing a variety of animation styles. FACETS also offers an animation workshop for budding animators and festive food offerings.

Every year FACETS’ Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) is proud to present a diverse selection of high-quality films for children and teens from around the world. For the 2023 season, CICFF’s carefully curated selection of several virtual and in-person screenings will fall in five major age brackets:

My First Movies (Ages 2 - 5 years old)

Storytellers(Ages 6 - 8 years old)

Adventurers(Ages 8-10 years old)

Film Mavens (Ages 11-14 years old)

Cineastes (Ages 14 and older)

My First Movies (Ages 2 - 5 years old): CICFF40’s “My First Movies” program strand provides a movie going experience geared towards the youngest viewers, ages 2 - 5 years old, with attention given to high quality content that is diverse and age appropriate. FACETS is intentional in creating an environment that supports the needs and behaviors of young children. They introduce the film program and allow parents to answer questions that may arise while watching, FACETS expects that children might speak out loud sometimes and also expect giggles, belly laughs and a little surprise now and then. No need for embarrassment if children need to get up or walk out to the lobby or spend time in the activity area in the studio space next to the cinema.

Storytellers (Ages 6 - 8 years old): Content for this age group tends to focus on stories from around the world. These could be tall tales, legends from different cultures or amazing adventures that stir the imagination. The accompanying activities will be art activities that allow children to respond to what they have seen creatively and imagine what happens next.

Adventurers (Ages 8 - 10 years old): For ages 8-10, CIFF provides thoughtful films picked to engage kids in new and surprising ways, focusing on programming for curious minds that supports growth development and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and empowering films for girls.

Film Mavens (Ages 11-14 years old): For ages 11-14 CICFFprovides programming that addresses the complexity of coming of age with sensitivity. These young people are coming into their own and the programming assumes that they are the inquisitive, thoughtful and passionate beings they are.

Cineastes (Ages 14+): From the climate crisis to LGBTQ+ rights, these films empower important conversations.

New Dimensions (Ages 18-25+): Unique and diverse films with more mature themes for young adults.

“This year marks the 40th annual FACETS’ CICFF, celebrating the past, present and future of youth cinema from around the world,” said Deidre Searcy, FACETS festival program director. “We are delighted to shine a spotlight and roll out the red carpet for the best films produced for young people ages 2 - 18 and their families. Join us for opening night at the Chicago History Museum for films and family friendly live entertainment. Be sure to check out films for the very youngest audiences at AMC New City or enjoy a celebration of animation with films and make your own animation workshop at the Chicago History Museum.

FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Mission Statement

Established in 1984, FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival strives 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.

To maintain its longtime standing as one of the top children's film festivals in the world, films presented in CICFF40 will be issued awards on November 9th  by the CICFF Professional Jury, Youth Jury, and Children's Jury, including in the Academy Award Qualifying Best Animated and Best Live-Action Short Film categories. CICFF juries are composed of independent filmmakers, film industry professionals, educators, parents, and kids and teens who have graduated from FACETS Film 101 summer camp.


Established in 1975, FACETS expands perspectives and affirms a shared humanity through inclusive engagement with film. FACETS' mission is to create cinematic experiences for youth and adults that foster vital conversations and community action through film exhibitions, media education, and film resources. Learn more at

FACETS presents the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), the first Academy Award-qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world. The 40thAnnual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF40) will be presented November 3 - 19  at FACETS and via national online screening. Tickets are on sale now. Ticket buyers should visit to purchase tickets and see the current schedule. The site will be updated regularly as additional programming is finalized.The early bird discount rate, available by using code CICFF40EARLYBIRD15, is valid through October 12 on the festival website.

FACETS’ CICFF40 is supported lead sponsor WTTW; lead program sponsors City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Seabury Foundation, Kirkland and Ellis Foundation, Comer Family Foundation, Liz Stiffel, WBEZ Radio, Illinois Arts Council, A.G. Cox Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stewart R. Abelson Foundation; program supporting sponsors, Allstate Foundation and Choose Chicago; and program supporter, U.S. Educational Charitable Trust.

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