Facets Children's Programs Presents

30th Annual
Chicago International
Children's Film Festival

Venues: Facets, Music Box Theatre Film schedule at Facets Film schedule at the Music Box Theatre

CICFF 2013 Workshops

The Festival Workshops Are Here!

Nine exceptional ways to get your young movie lover thinking, learning, and creating - all while having fun.

With experiences ranging from intensive immersion to light and interactive, the Festival Workshops offer unique access to leading industry professionals from around the world who help kids learn today's cutting-edge techniques of filmmaking firsthand. This year's remarkable selections include cinematography, computer animation, stop-motion animation, motion-capture, and improvisational acting.

Register today to join LAIKA Studios (makers of Coraline and ParaNorman), The Second City, Motus Digital, CarpeDiem Film, Toon Boom, and other renowned filmmakers for what is guaranteed to be a special experience

Stop-Motion Magic with LAIKA Studios

Stop-Motion Magic with LAIKA Studios

Saturday, November 2, 11am–2pm
Facets Multi-Media Lounge
1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago IL
Limit: 20 children, Ages 11–14

Learn all about stop-motion animation from LAIKA Studios, the makers of the Academy Award-nominated Coraline and last year's ghoulish favorite ParaNorman. Mark Shapiro and assistants will give you the inside story on how intricate puppets and sets are meticulously handmade and animated, frame by frame. Meet some of the puppet stars from these films, take part in fun film exercises, and gain an inside look with exclusive "making of" film footage.

Registration: $25 members, $30 non-members

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Introduction to Second City Improvisation

Introduction to Second City Improvisation

Saturday, November 2, 12:45pm–2:15pm
Music Box Theatre—Theatre 2
3733 N Southport Ave; Chicago, IL
Limit: 25 children, Ages 11–14

Calling all actors! Learn the fundamentals of improvisation as taught and practiced at The Second City. This workshop covers the concepts and skills of listening, stage presence, environment, and character through interactive exercises and games. Join the leaders from the world-class Second City, who will set you on your way to being an improv allstar! Join us for what promises to be a fun and fast-paced session.

Registration: $25 for Facets members, $30 for non-members

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Girls' POV: Girls, Sexuality, and the Media

Girls' POV: Girls, Sexuality, and the Media

Saturday, November 2, 1pm–3pm
Facets Multi-Media, Theater 2
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago IL
Limit: 30 youth, Ages 12–16

Take back your image! Isn't it time budding women stood up to "Miss Representation?" Documentary filmmaker and ethnographic multimedia artist Ifé Olatunji is a young leader in changing the perception of gender depictions in film. In this workshop, participants will view video examples, better understand basic editing decisions, deconstruct media messages, and flip the script! Participants will work together in teams to create their own brief PSA.

Attend just the GIRLS' POV workshop or attend the GIRLS' POV COMBO screening (11am) / workshop (1pm) for a special price!

Registration: $20 for Facets Members, $30 for non-members
Combination film program + workshop: $25

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Tweens and Toons

Tweens and Toons

Saturday, November 2, 2pm–4:30pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago campus
915 E. 60th Street Chicago, IL
Limit: 15 children, Ages 10–14

Is your tween having more fun with your computer and new media than you are? Not anymore! Come for a hands-on immersion course in computer animation. Admission includes one child and one parent. Wacky genius, animator, and Facets teaching artist George Berlin will get you started in this hip intergenerational activity. Learn to develop, design, storyboard, and animate your own family film—just like the pros.

This workshop is for 1 child (Ages 10–14) AND 1 adult.

To register: visit ticketsweb.uchicago.edu or call 773-702-ARTS

Making of Frozen Land: Peer-to-Peer Dialogue

Making of Frozen Land: Peer-to-Peer Dialogue

Saturday November 2, 2:30pm–4pm
Facets Multi-Media, Lounge
1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago IL
Limit: 40, Ages 18+

The Legend of Sarila (US title: Frozen Land) is the first 100% Canadian 3D animation feature. For 10 years, the production team searched for ways, both financial and artistic, to bring this project to fruition. In this workshop, executive producer Marie-Claude Beauchamp of CarpeDiem Film & TV and producer-director Nancy Florence Savard of 10th Ave. Productions will relate insider stories about this film which takes place in the far north.

Registration: $25 Facets members, FREE to Festival accredited guests

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Documentary Youth Film Lab

Documentary Youth Film Lab

Saturdays, November 9, 16 & 23, 9:30am–12:30pm
Facets Multi-Media, Lounge
1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago IL
Limit: 40, Ages 13–17

This intensive 3-session series of Saturday workshops, led by filmmaker Rebecca Halpern (A&E, CNBC, History Channel, CNN, etc.) together with a team of experts, will give you the fundamentals for creating your own character-driven documentary films. Covering documentary story development, interviewing techniques, directing, and editing, you will learn professional skills used by successful documentary producers. The Documentary Youth Film Lab will include a special screening of the film Wild Horse Wild Ride with the film's producer, Alex Dawson, and special sessions on cinematography and graphics. Be prepared to dig in and be ready for action!

Registration: $60 Facets members, $85 for non-members

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