ICFilmFest at Northbrook Library October 29th!

SNAP, Belgium/UK

Join us Saturday, October 29th at 2pm at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedare Lane, Northbrook, IL, for the ICFilmFest! Experience 10 enchanting films from 7 different countries in the Special Gifts program, tailored for children ages 6-10. Entrance to the festival is FREE. For more information call (773) 528-6854.

Help Students Recover from “Strike Stress"

Class disruption and stress during the school year can stunt vocabulary, scatter concentration, and stop neural networks from growing. When young students lack focus, they "act out" and whole classrooms can fall behind.

My First Media accelerates EC learning and overcomes behavior. The secret?  Promoting self-regulation while connecting the “stories on screens to the stories in books.”  Now booking 3rd and 4th quarters!  Email workshops@icmediacenter.org. 

Women’s View & Global Girls in Austin & Bronzeville!

On August 30th, the ICMC began the second annual Women's View program with 16 residents of Austin's New Moms. The bi-monthly program focuses on curating a festival for children while developing job skills for participants!  On October 5th, Global Girls will begin at Phillips H.S. in Bronzeville, where the ICMC will partner with BUILDChicago!

Global Girls from ICMC on Vimeo.

Does Your Back-to-School PD Discourage or Inspire?

When you start the year feeling pressured and overloaded, it's hard to get on track. That lack of enthusiasm can carry over into the classroom and diminish learning. A great PD experience can change all that:

1. Using Media & Technology to Improve Common Core Outcomes

ICMC accelerated learning techniques foster strong literacy skills, promote SEL and improve communication. The result:  better learning and happy students. All Grades.

2. Media-Based Learning Strategies for ELL Learners

Exciting interdisciplinary 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 teach higher order thinking, improve vocabulary and help their youngest students develop a positive relationship to media. See ICMC evidence-based approaches on video. PreK-1st.

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

Chaotic or unpredictable days that diminish learning can be a nightmare that stretches into the whole year. These lively physical and vocal techniques boost classroom energy and focus every day. Prek-5th.

Call 773-528-6854 or email info@icmediacenter.org.

1st ICFilmFest at Chicago Youth Centers!


Moon Children, Switzerland

The International Children’s Film Festival (ICFilmFest) is delighted to partner with the CYC Elliott Donnelley Youth Center, 3947 S. Michigan Ave, to present three exciting programs featuring 31 magical short films from 15 countries.  Tuesday, July 19th at 1pm - GREAT EXPECTATIONS (72 min); Tuesday, August 2nd at 1pm - MAYBE IT'S MAGIC (76 min); Tuesday, August 16th at 1pm - WHO KNEW? (70 min)

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free to students and families of CYC.

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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ICMC Call For Entries - Each Entry Eligible for 4 Festivals!
Don’t miss out on the ICMC’s impressive season of festivals for 2016-2017.
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 - $75/Short Film;  $125/Feature Film

Deadlines:  December 15, 2016
Contact icmediacenter@gmail.com for additional information!
The Summer of Gods, Global Girls Fest 2015 Winner
Round Lake Beach Int'l Children's Film Fest November 5th!

Play Lunch, Australia

You're invited to three fantastic film programs plus a Festival Fun Zone in the Lobby at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL on November 5th! The International Children's Film Festival features 29 films from 16 countries in Maybe it's Magic at 1pm, Storytime Express at 2:45 pm, and Who Knew? at 4pm. Tickets to the festival are free! For more information call (773) 528-6854.

Lydia Home Global Girls Film Festival Premieres October 15th!

Summer of Gods, BrazilGlobal Girls participants proudly announce the premiere of the powerful program, "Mighty Me: Unstoppable Dreams" at 7pm on October 15th at 625 N. Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL. The program features short international films that embody messages of resillience and empowerment, including the World Premiere of the film, "When I Feel Safe," made by the participants themselves. A 6pm recepetion precedes the screening. 

For more information call (312) 433-7102.

"Tung’s Film" Wins 4th Annual ICFilmFest @ APCC

Tung's Film, Vietnam

On August 3rd, the large audience at the Albany Park Community City cheered for “Tung’s Film” from Vietnam as a tiny piglet led the Hmong girl home in the dark.  After counting hundreds of ballots from three screenings, “Tung’s Film” won the prestigious ICFilmFest “Best of Fest” prize.

4th ICFilmFest at APCC

When You Are Old, USA

The ICMC will partner with the Albany Park Community Center, 3401 W. Ainslie to present two delightful programs with 21 films from 11 countries sure to please the entire family! Wednesday, July 13th at 10:15 am WIDE WORLD OF FRIENDS (50min); at 1pm GREAT EXPECTATIONS (72min)

Tickets are $5 to the general public and free for students of the Albany Park Community Center.

Kush Wins Global Girls Best of Fest at CCJTDC!

Kush, India

A rapt audience of CCJTDC Residents, staff, friends and family voted Kush (directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani) the Best of Fest Winner at the 2nd Annual Global Girls Film Festival at the CCJTDC. “I knew it would be Kush, 100%!” said Resident Grooms, a 2-year veteran of the program.

My First Media Accelerative Learning at Jose de Diego School in May and June!

On May 3rd, the ICMC launched My First Media at Jose de Diego Community Academy.  "Our students will benefit greatly from becoming screen smart!" said Principal Jacqueline Menoni. The accelerated version of My First Media will be taught twice a week in five classrooms. According to National Outreach Coordinator Tess Walker, "The ICMC will closely analyze the outcomes in the accelerated six week program and compare them against outcomes from the 12 week program."

“Eduin” World Premiere In Lima, Peru!

The world premiere of  "Eduin & the Golden Scepter of the Incas" (Spanish title: "Ukukus, Ekekos, Pishtacos, Lanlacos") now scheduled for December 2016! 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!


Funding Fairytale!

In a real-life funding fairytale the T-Mobile Foundation has stepped in to support My First Media after a mysterious “message black-out” cost the ICMC a key grant from a new funder.  Follow the story at #Tearstocheers!

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