2014 ICFilmFest Moves to Chicago’s Albany Park in June and Pilsen in July!

The ICFilmFest is on the move!  Next stop the Albany Park Community Center June 26-27, followed by July screenings at Club One in Pilsen, and Movies in the Parks, August 22 in Waukegan. 

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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 info@icmediacenter.org.

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.  Info@icmediacenter.org

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:  BAMKids 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 icmediacenter@gmail.com for additional information!
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.

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Sunshine Preschool Presents ICMC Parent/Teacher Workshop

May 8th - ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske presents a workshop about teaching children the best ways to interact with screens.

Round Lake Beach ICFF Winner!

After five screenings in three days, enthusiastic voters at theRound Lake Beach ICFilmFest 2014 have picked their Best of Fest winner:

Love Bug
USA,  7 min
Dir: Kat Candler
Nine-year old Turtle Thompson has a passion for bugs matched only by his passion for his classmate Maddy Cooper. 

2014 BAMmie Winners!

After tallying thousands of votes, the winners of the 2014 BAMKids Festival are:

BAMmie for Best Feature Film
Casper and Emma - Best Friends - Dir. Arne Lindtner Næss, Norway, 2013.

BAMmie for Best Live Action Short Film
Help Me Remember - Dir. Fran Casanova, Spain, 2012.

BAMmie for Best Animated Short Film
Snap - Dir. Thomas G. Murphy, Belgium/UK, 2012.

BAMmie for Best Early Childhood Film
Tie between two films:
Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant - Dir. Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 2013.
Cloudette - Dir. Virginia Wilkos, USA, 2013.
Great Crowd for ICMC 'Instant RECESS' workshop at CMAEYC!
The Instant RECESS workshop helped 175 teachers all over Chicago to regain control over wiggly wee ones and boost energy in sleepy students. Participants learned simple, lively physical and vocal techniques that students enjoy--no special equipment or outside time required!
“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.

My First Media 2014 Budlong School!

The ICMC’s My First Media program will be offered 2 days a week for 12 weeks in Chicago’s Budlong Elementary School, reaching 100 children a day. To see this amazing ECE program in action, call 773-528-6854!

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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