Film Feature: Preview for 37th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Thru Nov. 22, 2020

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CHICAGO – The great advantage of film festivals this year, if we’re to see a silver lining, is that most of the offerings are available to a wider audience via online virtual screenings. The 37th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will be virtual/online and available to children of all ages from November 13th-22nd, 2020.

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37th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
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With the ongoing pandemic, FACETS Chicago presents the 37th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF 37) fully online (with geographical borders within the Chicagoland area). CICFF continues to be one of two children’s film festivals used for Oscar qualifications. For complete details and ticket/passages information, click here.

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Screenshot of CICFF37 Virtual Catalog
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Throughout the run of the fest, CICFF 37 offers a comprehensive online guide to the films in child age bracket categories to help parents choose appropriate material. Ages available are 2-5, 5-8, 8-10, 11-13, 13+ and even 15+. To access the Virtual CICFF catalog, click here.

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CICFF37 Opening Celebration on November 14th, 2020
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Full availability for the Opening Celebration (November 14th) and Closing Ceremonies are available for free with sign-up., Click here for the Opening, and here for the Closing registrations.

In a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of, CICFF 37 Festival Director and Film Programmer Ann Vikstrom talks 2020 challenges, how the fest looks to a new audience and how it redefines “kid’s movies.”

The 37th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is virtual/online from November13th through the 22nd, 2020. For homepage information on CICFF 37, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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