Bring your little movie buff to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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Does your kid love movies? If so, you should take advantage of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) that opens October 22 and runs through November 1.

This event presents a unique cultural opportunity for Chicago kids. According to the website,

The impetus for the Festival came from a need to introduce new, culturally diverse films for children to American children's audiences, and to recognize excellence in children's filmmaking. In addition, the Festival sought to empower children by involving them directly in the jurying process. From its inception, the Festival has had independent juries of children and adult media professionals awarding prizes in multiple categories.

This is the largest and only Academy qualifying kids fest in the U.S., screening over 200 films from 40 countries, including about 20 films made by kids. CICFF is an opportunity for kids to see films that stray from mainstream media. The event includes movies for kids of all ages, and the viewers vote for their favorite movie at the end of each screening. All screenings are accompanied by a discussion of some kind, and often the directors attend the screenings and speak as well.

The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Gala hosted by Luke Arnold, the star of Broken Hill. Highlights include tunes from Radio Disney,
face painting, and yummy food. Families will then be able to grab a
soda and some popcorn and enjoy a screening of the of the best short
films in the festival. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

If you can't make the opening night event, CICFF is offering discount tickets ($5) Friday, October 23, when Chicago Public School students have the day off (this is a great deal).

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