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Language & Arts Based Programs

Celebrate the love of reading and writing with this rich array of short films—many of them based on folktales, books, and poems! These dynamic films inspired by the written and spoken word will excite your students to discover the transformative power of literature and language for all grade levels.


Film still from Awesome Adaptations program

Awesome Adaptations

Animated Short Film Program
Grades PreK–1 (Ages 4–6)

Films from Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles read aloud for younger audiences.

70-minute program includes media education

Themes: Friendship, teamwork, managing expectations; syllable vowel sounds; genre (poem, oral history, bedtime story, song); order and sequence, shapes; relation between illustration and text.

Early readers will be excited to compare and contrast the filmed versions of their favorite reads! Whether Walt Whitman's frosty poem or the Common Core Standard, Kitten's First Full Moon—there are many treasures to rediscover on the big screen. In one film, a determined princess finally understands the true meaning of self-expression when a member of her court speaks up. In another film, a Nutbrown Hare and friends gather examples of the color blue, only to find the biggest blue is above them the whole time. Whether favorite illustrations come to life or meeting new friends in familiar circumstances, there are fresh and friendly experiences ahead in Awesome Adaptations!

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Tales for Tiny Tots: "Everyone Gets to Come Along"
Art
The Sun of Bagnolet Street
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
The Princess' Painting
Kitten's First Full Moon
Guess How Much I Love You: "Blue Wonder"
A House for Hermit Crab

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Film still from Once Upon a Time program

Once Upon a Time

Animated Short Film Program
Grades 2–4 (Ages 6–9)

Films from Belgium, England, France, Hungary, Iran, Poland, Russia, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles read aloud for younger audiences.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Family relations and celebrations in diverse cultures; friendship, teamwork, overcoming differences; perspectives on gender in other cultures.

What do folktales and fairy tales teach about different traditions and cultures? In an animated fabric film, two sisters pair up to take on a witch with bad intentions. In a beautiful, painterly film from Iran, the village celebrates the happiness of a young couple-to-be. In the award-winning Room on the Broom, friends come together to help their witch in distress. Compare and contrast film adaptations of treasured books, poems and folktales. "Happily ever after" can take many forms, so set aside some Once Upon a Time for your students to visit these new and exciting places!

The Owl and the Pussycat
Delirious Tales: "The Chicken, the Elephant and the Snake"
Carrot Jam
Hajar's Wedding
Two Princesses
Polish Fairy Tales: "The Golden Apple Tree"
Room on the Broom

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Film still from Tales with Tails program

Tales with Tails

Animated Short Film Program
Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–10)

Films from Brazil, England, France, Hungary, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Narration, point of view, character, setting; genre: stories, myths, folktales, poems from different cultures. Animals. Deduction, sequence. Adventure.

Folktales, poems and stories from diverse cultures leap off the pages! In one film, an oral lesson from the Native American narrator reveals the wisdom of the wolf, as there is much to learn from our animal brothers and sisters. The next film is a puppet animation version of William Blake's famous poem, in a powerful, inventive reimagining from Brazil. Finally, two favorite book adaptations, including the CICFF 2010 Best of Fest winner, The Gruffalo and the immensely popular 2013 Festival favorite, I Want My Hat Back.

The Happy Duckling
Wolf Dog Tales
Tyger
I Want My Hat Back
La Fontaine Turns Film-makers—The Crow and the Fox
The Gruffalo

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Film still from Words Matter program

Words Matter

Animated/Live-Action Short Film Program
Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–10)

Films from Brazil, Norway, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Word structure, definition. Point of view, character. Paying it forward. Love of words, character feelings and connections, internal life of books.

Characters in these films recognize the power of the word! Whether collecting them, as Max does in the first film; or finding and "owning" their meaning, as Alex tries to grasp, in Encyclopedia. The hero in the Oscar-winning animated short film, Mr. Lessmore, finds the true meaning of words: to bring connection and life from the page to the reader. In another film, "pages" in Dad's imagination have come to life, and it's up to "The Young Detectives" to help find the lost writer in his tangled words. Compare and contrast—what do these films and film versions of poems and stories have to tell us about where words come from, feelings and motivations?

Max's Words
The Story of Percival Pilts
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Young Detectives: "World of Imagination"
Wallace's Lists
Encyclopedia
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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Film still from Point of View program

Point of View

Animated/Live-Action Short Film Program
Grades 5–8 (Ages 10–14)

Films from Australia, England, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Point of view, narration, genre (poems, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, futuristic/dystopia, folktale). Style (rhymed verse). Feelings, paying it forward.

Discover an alternate world of films in rhymed verse, each featuring a quirky narrator's point of view—that of the outsider. In one film, the hero goes beyond what is expected of him and a sweet surprise is in store. In another film, narrated by Alan Rickman, Rupert discovers he can't cut himself off from everyone, just yet. In the Oscar-winning films, The Lost Thing and Morris Lessmore, the heroes make a wordless connection to creatures other than themselves, with a big results. Compare and contrast—what do these dreamers have to tell us about new outlooks?

Emmeline
The Boy with Chocolate Fingers
The Story of Percival Pilts
Junk
The Boy in the Bubble
The Lost Thing
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

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Film still from Rhythm Nation program

Rhythm Nation M

Animated/Live-Action Short Film Program
Grades 6–8 (Ages 11–14)

Films from Australia, England, Estonia, Finland, France, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Compare and contrast different genres, formats, styles of texts with filmed versions of poems and settings. Character and relationships. Point of view. Observation and description. Communication through the written and spoken word.

The animated and live-action short films in this collection are inspired by rhyme, verse or the spoken word, certain to spark thought-provoking discussion. A series of shorts inspired by French poets explore the lyrical power of words. In the last film, a first generation immigrant girl's rhyming skills triumph over bullies. In seeking inspiration in her rhymes, she learns how to spin her own tale and find her self confidence. Listen, observe, compare and contrast!

Rhymes and Rubbish
Emmeline
A Vegetated Director
So Many Forests
The Sun of Bagnolet Street
Time Off
The School of Fine Arts
The Story of Percival Pilts
The Boy with Chocolate Fingers
Migrations
Munya in Me

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Film still from It's the Write Time program

It's the Write Time M

Animated/Live-action Short Film Program
Grades 6–9 (Ages 11–15)

Films from Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Compare and contrast different genres, formats, styles of texts with filmed versions of poems, journals, letters. Character and relationships. Point of view. Observation and description. Connection and paying forward, communication through the written and spoken word. Epistolary romance.

Witness the power of the written and spoken word as it transforms lives in these short films. In one film, a pair of feathered pen pals meet when the seasons change and look to extend their exchange. In another film, Munya is stuck between restrictions at home and relentless teasing from neighborhood tough guys, but when she finds her own expression in writing a rap song, she surprises everyone with the power of her rhymes. Whether these films are about letters, lyrics, journals, poems, texts—celebrate the magic of imagination and communication!

Peter Pix—The Love Letter
The Human Voice
Emmeline
Air-Mail
Coast Warning
Bottle
The Squirrel and the Swallow
The Blizzard
Munya in Me

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Film still from Free Verse program

Free Verse HS

Animated/Live-Action Short Film Program
Grades 8–10 (Ages 13–15)

Films from France, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the US.
All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.

90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Analyze the extent to which a filmed adaptation stays faithful. Point of view. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different media to present a particular topic or idea. Analyze how particular incidents in a story propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or decision-making process. Analyze how an artist draws on and transforms source material.

Whether inspired by poetry, rhymes, or fantasy tales, the short animated films in this collection are certain to spark thought-provoking discussion. Included is a series of short poems inspired by French poets, gorgeously re-imagined for the big screen. Then, a pair of spine-tingling short films leap off the page, in classic short stories by H. G Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, In the last film, an immigrant girl's rhyming skills triumph over neighborhood bullies. In seeking inspiration in her rhymes, she learns how to spin her own tale and find her self confidence. Compare and contrast!

I Have Dreamed of You So Much
Reclining
Birds of Sorrow
So Many Forests
Pickman's Model
The Cask of Amontillado
Migrations
Humanexus
Munya in Me

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All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and all programs include an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with the Common Core is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

Flexible scheduling throughout the day—come to us or let us come to you! To book your group please contact groups@facets.org or 773.281.9075 ext. 3040.