Special Events

Screen Gems Benefit


Our major fundraising event of the year, the Screen Gems Benefit takes place in late spring, and features a seated dinner, award presentation, cinematic entertainment and a scholarship auction.

The Screen Gems Benefit plays a critical role in the year-round support of Facets' extraordinary film programs for children and adults. The oldest and largest festival of films for children in North America, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival presents year-round media education programs for children, teachers and parents.

Each year, 25,000 Chicago-area children, nearly half of them on scholarship, attend Facets' Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the only Academy-qualifying children's film festival in the world. Home to the world's greatest library and archive of classic, independent, art and children's films and a stellar schedule of unique year-round festivals, film screenings, classes and director seminars, Facets is—and has been for 39 years—a leading force for vibrant, independent cinema.

For further information, please contact Mary Visconti at

Chicago International Children's Film Festival Opening

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The opening night of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the highlight of the year for families. Over 600 kids and parents enjoy a kid-friendly food-reception, special celebrities, entertainment, and a special selection of American or world premieres of films from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. For further information on the Opening Night of this year's festival, please contact Kathleen Beckman at