The end of October brings something very awesome to the city of Chicago, every year. Not Halloween, but the Chicago International Children’s FIlm Festival, where your tiniest film critics can enjoy something all about them for nine full days.
I’ve been wanting to go to this festival since the cellist was in fourth or fifth grade, but I was always working for someone else and couldn’t justify the time off. Now, I OWN my time, so why not make a week of it?!
Parents and children alike have their choice from 288 films, and can easily do that with the simple purchase of a Family Pass, which retails for $40 and allows unlimited movie screenings for 4 individuals. So you can go to the early morning screenings with your little ones and then enjoy the heavier or more mature ones with your tweens and teens in the evenings.
A full schedule of the Film Festival can be found on Facet’s website, here and there are convenient times at three different sites for everyone. I will say, that the cellist and I are pretty excited about all of the choices that he has within the festival. Even the ladybug has decent choices. It looks like the twizzlers are limited to several movies that have already passed (darn sickness, but that’s another post) or they need to be a bit older to understand. Good thing is, they tend to LOVE animation in general, and I think that we could get away with taking them to a screening for children 4 years of age and up.
I also love knowing that artists such as Jennifer Oxley, who had three screenings at the festival in the years 2009 and 2010 have gone on to do things that are recognized like the creation of Peg + Cat on PBS stations, like WTTW, here in Chicago!
So, check back for our reviews, and we hope to see you all there! If so, come talk to us!