Who will build the future?

We just wrapped up the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and it seems like the perfect time to see how our educational programs have shaped Facets and will shape the film world.

From Facets to the Oscar short list

We concluded our 34th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival at the beginning of November and many excellent films screened at eight theaters all over Chicago. As a result of our jury selection, nine films have just been added to the first list of nominees for the 2018 Academy Awards. With these films Facets builds on a long tradition, our Festival is the first Academy-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. Last year Sing qualified for Oscar consideration at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.

Last year’s Best Live Action Short Film started its run for Oscar glory right here.

Facets Edge goes live for Facets Members

After three years of development, Facets Edge launches our journey to create the world’s most well-curated online streaming destination for cinephiles. Both licensed and externally-sourced films are available for streaming and download. These films are curated by Facets and presented in an easy-to-use environment. Here, film lovers can watch truly great films from the silent era to the present at their convenience, at any time, and on any device. Facets Edge is free for all current Facets members.

Why aren’t there more women in film?

A still from the upcoming Teach-In. Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection / Rex Features ( 794943a ) Hard, Fast, and Beautiful Sally Forrest, Claire Trevor, Carleton G. Young, 1951

Therese Grisham, Ph.D., is one of the great film historians of our time. Her new book on Ida Lupino looks at the fascinating career of a filmmaker who broke through ceilings, challenged conventions, and created a new aesthetic in the midst of the Hollywood factory. The last Facets Teach-In of 2017 will be held on Monday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. Grisham will lead a discussion following a screening of Lupino’s Hard, Fast and Beautiful. Admission is free with a donation requested.

Henry Im becomes Facets’ youngest-ever donor

12-year-old Henry Im participated in Facets Kids Summer Camp this year. He was so impressed by his experience that he decided that the first recipient of his philanthropy would be Facets Academy. Henry’s contribution, recognized during the closing ceremony of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, will help support scholarships to Facets’ programs for students from economically-challenged backgrounds.

Some of the most important people who come through the doors at Facets in a given year.

Another Henry goes from Chicago to judge films in Italy

Henry Nishiura took a trip half way around the world as a Facets Film Ambassador to serve on the international jury of the Giffoni International Children’s Film Festival in Giffoni, Italy. Henry liked getting to know people from all over the world with the common interest of film, and was also immersed in another language and culture. Using Facets’ extensive relationships with children’s film festivals internationally, the Ambassador program regularly sends jurors to festivals in South Korea, India, Canada and Italy.

What’s the big picture?

Film has redefined art for the past two centuries and it continues to shape our world. For us at Facets, film in the most important art, and Facets, in the words of one 8-year-old, is “awesome!” That’s another reason for us to keep opening minds through film.


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