Facets Mission

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A World Inspired by Film

Facets transforms lives through the power of world, classic, and independent film. Facets is an eminent film conservator, leader in youth-focused media-education programs, and presenter of the best in children's, international, and classic films. To the late film critic Roger Ebert, Facets is a "temple of great cinema."

40 Years of Innovation

In 1975, Facets got its start showing art-house films in a church loft. Today, Facets has evolved into a leading national media arts and education organization, occupying a unique space in the cultural landscape of Chicago. In its 40-year tenure, Facets has become a landmark for film buffs, a global destination for festival programmers and filmmakers, a cradle of innovation in media education, and a local art space that makes high-quality film experiences accessible to vast audiences through screenings, rentals, and community collaborations.

Above all, Facets is a space of education. Since 1983, Facets' annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival has produced 31 Festivals, screened over 8,000 films, received 32 Oscar nominations for participating filmmakers, and served 525,000 children. This high-quality, global programming has positioned Facets as Chicago's trusted curator of independent film for children and youth. With the same commitment to excellence, Facets' year-round, media education programs harness the power of film to inspire critical thinking, creation, and deep and lasting learning across subject areas. These programs continue to serve Facets' mission of transforming lives through the power of film.

Made Possible By

Facets is supported by earned revenue, memberships, contributions, and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other foundations, corporations and individuals.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation