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The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) is the largest festival of children’s films in North America, featuring 200 of the best multicultural films and videos from more than forty countries. It is the only children's festival in the world recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Known as "Cannes for Kids," the CICFF presents quality films that address a wide range of themes, including values clarification, character-building, global culture, conflict resolution, and racial bias. The Festival programs specific films for each screening, based on the needs of the presenting organization.
CICFF arts education programs use film and media to improve classroom learning and help children grasp concepts needed for success on the IOWA Basic Skills Tests. The CICFF offers a wide range of professional development workshops for educators, as well as workshops for children and parents.
Media Education Screenings are accompanied by a 120-page curriculum and media discussions, which engage children’s imaginations, respect their intelligence, and spark their curiosity.
Special My First Movie programs teach young children (ages two to five) the "right way" to watch television and other media. The CICFF offers unique workshops for parents and preschool teachers who want to give children a positive orientation to watching television, film, and video.