Final Club One ICFilmFest Program Screens Thursday July 31st!

Screenings at Club One (2157 W. 19th Street) in Pilsen will be held at 1pm on Thursdays, July 3rd, 17th and 31st and include 33 specially selected films from 18 countries. The fourth ICFilmFest of 2014 brings 23 films from 15 countries to Budlong Elementary School (2701 W. Foster Ave.) on Monday, August 18th with two screenings at 1 and 3pm. Then on Friday, August 22nd the ICFilmFest comes to Bowen Park in Waukegan for a sundown screening of 'Maybe It's Magic' sponsored by Movies in the Parks. Check out our ICFilmFest page for more info!

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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 2014-15.
Enter your film to be considered for five ICMC events: UPLift Festival, ICFilmFest, WorldScene Teen Festival, Global Girls and My First Media. Download our Entry Form.
Entry Fee - $60/Short Film;  $100/Feature Film

Deadline:  September 30, 2014
Contact for additional information!
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

Coming Soon: Poetry on Film

Poetry on Film!

This dynamic program of award-winning short films celebrates the art of poetry and will use film to make a broad range of poems inspirational for  students.  Supporting curriculum will be aligned with the Common Core standards. For more information, contact Nick Michal 773-528-6854.

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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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.


Shoelace Wins ICFilmFest at APCC

The charming early childhood film "Shoelace" tied up the "Best of Fest" prize at the ICFilmFest, held June 27 at the Albany Park Community Center.

'Shoelace' Australia, Directed by John Paul Fischbach

Enthusiastic festival voters commented on their favorite films:

Shoelace - "I like it because the boy could tie his laces at the end and no one had to help him." Javier Age, 5

Red Hen - "I like that she worked so hard and then she could eat the cake by herself." Maria, Age 8

Colored Pencils - "The boy worked hard and he cared about his dad even when he didn’t see him." Alonzo, Age 10

In A Heartbeat - "It’s my favorite.  Because I go to the playground and I have to defend myself like that girl." Celia, Age 7

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."
Bix Pix's “Tumble Leaf” Wins Annecy!

Bix Pix Entertainment, producer of BAMKids and My First Media favorite “Miro” has won best TV series at the prestigious Annecy Film Festival for their show "Tumble Leaf."

Following the adventures of Fig the Fox and his best friend Stick, a caterpillar, "Tumble Leaf" brings high-quality stop-motion to Amazon Primes debut original children's series. The character Fig is an evolution of the thoughtful character from the ICMC audience favorite film 'Miro' that was enjoyed by so many in our festivals and programs. Watch the trailer.

“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 & the Golden Scepter of the Incas Premieres Aug. 2014

Director Gaston Vizcarra announces that "Eduin" is in the final stages of post production with new graphics, special effects and sound. Marketing for the film will commence February 2014, with the world premier scheduled for August, 2014.  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!


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