Facets, founded in 1975, is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization, and a leading national media arts organization. Our mission is to preserve, present, distribute, and educate about film.
maintains an unparalleled movie rental library of 65,000 titles, available to rent in person or by online nationwide mail-order. Facets Cinematheque
presents daily screenings of cutting-edge independent films, international film festival award winners, and Chicago premieresmany of which would otherwise not be screened in Chicago. Facets Film Dialogues connect audiences to filmmakers and other individuals behind the films.
The Facets DVD label
restores and distributes independent, foreign, and forgotten movies that would otherwise not be available on DVD in the US. Facets Film School
and Facets Night School
present opportunities for adults to develop and deepen their film knowledge through lectures and classes presented by film teachers and scholars. And Facets Children's Programs
produces the annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival (the largest children's film festival in North America) and offers year-round media education programs.
Facets serves audiences of over 300,000 each year. Substantive numbers participate at reduced or no cost, with targeted outreach by Facets to economically disadvantaged or underserved areas.
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.