The Harbour’s Global Girls FilmFest Oct. 9 at New 400 Theatre in Chicago!

Still from Flying Anne (Holland) - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE on Oct. 9th at The New 400 Theatre


"To look into another culture and see what they go takes your breath away...It makes you want to rethink how you live."

- Gabriella, 18 y/o Festival Jury Member discussing the upcoming Global Girls Film Festival

Curated by residents of The Harbour shelter for teens and Y.O.U. in Evanston, the Global Girls FilmFest will screen two compelling programs of short films. "New View" will run at 7pm and "Hold Your Breath" will run at 9pm, with a reception to meet curators and filmmakers at 6pm.  Tickets are $8.50 for the general public and seating is limited! Call 773-528-6854 or email for more information. 


Darwin ICFilmFest Winner


Two hundred and fifty children, teachers and parents crowded the Darwin School Auditorium in Logan Square on June 12th for the popular ICFilmFest program, Maybe It's Magic. Hundreds of ballots were counted to determine the winner of the "Best of Fest" award.

Best of Fest Winner 

Colored Pencils

Director: Alice Gomes 

Brazil, 2010

ICMC Workshops: PD with Real Results

Choose from the latest ICMC Professional Development workshops.

1. Using Media & Technology to Improve Common Core Outcomes

These dynamic techniques foster strong literacy skills, promote thinking, reasoning and teamwork skills and increase educator confidence in using technology. The result:  better learning and happy students. All Grades.

2. Media-Based Learning Strategies for ELL Learners

Essential methods for using narrative media to stimulate discussion, prompt critical thinking and improve ELL students’ abilities in many common core frameworks. All Grades

3. My First Media - Practical Pedagogies for Using Media to Improve ECE 

With this dynamic PD, educators will be able to improve literacy skills, teach higher order thinking and help their youngest students develop a positive relationship to media. See our evidence-based approaches on video. PreK-1st.

4. Instant RECESS – What to Do When Students Get “Wiggly”

Instant RECESS helps educators regain control on chaotic or unpredictable days. Teachers learn lively, simple physical and vocal techniques to boost classroom energy and focus. Prek-5th.

ICMC PD days are booking fast! Call 773-528-6854 now for all-faculty PD or email

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ICMC Call For Entries - Each Entry Eligible for 5 Festivals!
Don’t miss out on the ICMC’s impressive season of festivals for 2015-16.
Enter your film to be considered for four ICMC events: ICFilmFest, WorldScene Teen Festival, Global Girls, and My First Media. Download our Entry Form.
Entry Fee - $60/Short Film;  $100/Feature Film

Deadlines:  August 15, 2015 and December 15, 2015
Contact for additional information!
ICFilmFest 2015 at Darwin School, Club One, Albany Park Community Center, and Bowen Park

Exciting plans are in place with ICMC Presenting Partners for the 2015 ICFilmFest! The First Annual ICFilmFest at Darwin School takes place Friday, June 12 at 1pm. The Third Annual ICFilmFest at the Albany Park Community Center takes place Friday, June 26 at 4:30 and 6:00. ICFilmFest at Club One in Pilsen runs Thursday, July 23 at 1pm, Thursday, Aug. 6  at 1pm and Thursday, Aug 20 at 1pm. The Third Annual Bowen Park ICFilmFest runs Friday, August 21st at 7pm.

“My First Media” Residency to Be Held at Garvy School Starting Sept. 23rd
Following an all-faculty professional development workshop, the ICMC's most popular program, My First Media comes to Garvy School in Chicago to work with six classrooms of kindergarten and first grade students.  There are more than 20 languages spoken among the student body!  My First Media teaches healthy screen-viewing practices for children ages 3 to 7, and also addresses ELA Common Core frameworks, enhances literacy and communication skills, develops vocabulary, and promotes higher order thinking.
Become An ICFilmKid!

HELP US pick the movies!  If you are age 6-18 and you want to be part of the ICFilmKid Club, send us your information and we’ll post our new films on line for you to rate. Before you start, we’ll give you a special training webinar, so you know what to watch for! Sign-up now to be an ICFilmKid.


ICMediaCenter Programs!

Media are the most influential forces in children’s lives and an understanding of media is crucial for success 
in a global, digital culture. ICMC programs will introduce new ways of thinking about media and redefine how we, as a culture, 
view and use media.

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Women’s View FilmFest Winner

Formerly homeless residents of New Moms in Austin curated two programs.  Wind of Change screened in Austin on June 17th, while Finding Friends and Ourselves screened at the Lake Theatre in Oak Park on June 20th. The Best of Fest prize is awarded to the film that received the greatest number of votes between the two screenings.

 Best of Fest Winner  

       A Cautionary Tail

       Director: Simon Rippingale

        Australia, 2012

Women’s View Festival Jury Prize   

Awarded by the New Moms Festival Jury to the film which is the most successful in showing women as strong, courageous and compassionate.

      Lioness of Lisabi

       Director: Vlady Valentin Oszekiel

         USA/Trinidad, 2008

Final screening from My First Media program draws parents, press

The 2014 My First Media program at Kozminski Community Academy concluded with a special ICFilmFest screening that gave parents the chance to see their kids demonstrating what they learned in the class.

ICMC Exec. Dir. Nicole Dreiske instructs kids on how to constructively engage screens in the My First Media program at Dumas Technological Academy
The Hyde Park Herald covered the event with a front page article by education reporter Daschell Phillips in its current issue. The article quotes parent Thomas Schmidt who attended the final screening and whose three-year-old daughter participated in the My First Media program for pre-school at Kozminski this year, saying:

"The big thing I noticed is that Charlotte is incorporating the vocabulary from the films into her everyday language,” Schmidt said. “Also, she was so excited about one of the films that she came home and told me and my wife all about it and when we went to the family screening it was exactly as she described it."
Global Girls Expands Programs to The Harbour, New Moms, JCFS & the CCJTDC

With leadership funding from the Leo S. Guthman Fund and the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, the ICMC has expanded Global Girls to serve young women at The Harbour and Y.O.U. in Evanston. The program is also being presented as part of therapeutic recreation services for JCFS (Jewish Child & Family Services) in West Rogers Park. New curriculum for the program is in development to launch Global Girls at the Nancy B. Jefferson High School so that residents of the CCJTDC can obtain academic credit for their participation. Contact for more information or to submit your film.
“Every child in Chicago needs this workshop!"

That's what teachers and parents at Kozminski school said when they saw My First Media in action.  Here's why: Think of how many times children engage screens each day. Now imagine what would happen if children used higher order thinking skills every time they turned on a screen.

The potential for transforming our culture is enormous and you can help make that happen.  Please give now and give generously.

“Eduin” World Premiere In Lima, Peru!

The world premiere of  "Eduin & the Golden Scepter of the Incas" (Spanish title: "Ukukus, Ekekos, Pishtacos, Lanlacos") was wildly successful with sold-out audiences in Lima, Peru in July 2015.  Based on the magic and myth of the Andes and shot in one of the rarest ecosystems on earth, we know you want to see this movie in Chicago!


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