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.

Global Girls Goes to Lydia Home

For 16 weeks during the summer, residents of Lydia Home, 3400 W. Irving Park, will participate in the life-changing Global Girls program. “I’m so glad we get to do this!”, said 12-year-old Tamrell. Click on the video below to learn more about this empowering program.

Global Girls from ICMC on Vimeo.

Back by Popular Demand! MediaSmart for Second Grade at Budlong School


Thanks to a recent grant from the Seabury Foundation, the ICMC will present three “learning retention” sessions at Budlong for 2nd Grade students.  “Teachers and children who had been in the 2015 My First Media program kept stopping us in the halls and asking when we would come to teach them to be ScreenSmart again," said lead instructor Michelle Zaladonis. “This is a super-charged learning opportunity for these students."

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 - $60/Short Film;  $100/Feature Film

Deadlines:  May 15, 2016
Contact icmediacenter@gmail.com for additional information!
The Summer of Gods, Global Girls Fest 2015 Winner
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.

Photo: beckermedia.com.

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.

Flying Anne Wins Global Girls FilmFest in Gainesville!


Flying Anne, NetherlandsOn Wednesday, February 17th, a large audience at the UFL/Gainesville enthusiastically discussed and voted for their favorite among six films in the Global Girls "Wind of Change" program. Flying Anne (Netherlands, 2011) directed by Catherine van Campen won the popular vote for its moving depiction of an eleven-year-old girl with Tourette's Syndrome. Audience ballots commented:


"Beautiful, unique, gives itself space to find something truly wonderful."

 "Annie is allowed to speak for herself without the impediment of adult interpretation. This is so powerful."

 "Very relevant to young girl's lives in depicting mental illness."


The compelling screening celebrated the curatorial achievements of formerly homeless young mothers at New Moms in Austin.

ICFF International Panorama at APCC 8/3!

Tung's Film, Vietnam

Following the sweeping success of the ICFilmFest on July 13th, the ICMC will present International Panorama at the APCC at 1pm on August 3rd. “Children were so engrossed during the ICFilmFest in July, we really wanted to give them a special experience during our International Week,” said Ms. Humaa, 

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.

Global Girls Festival Premieres June 11 at the CCJTDC

Displaced But Not Defeated, ColombiaCome celebrate the achievements of Residents at the CCJTDC at noon on June 11th in the powerful program “More Than They Seem” featuring five films from five countries.  Susan Koenen, director of “I Am a Girl” from the Netherlands writes, "I feel very honored to be chosen by such a special group of curators. Please thank them on my behalf and I wish them lots of courage, love and strength in their remaining time in detention."

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."

My First Media 2016 Parent Events

Special parent assemblies were packed at Garvy School on January 20th and at Budlong School on January 21st. More than 200 children showed off their “screen smart skills”! 

My First Media Starts Out Strong in 2016 with Residencies in Three Schools!

The My First Media program starts the new year at three different schools: Chicago Grammar School, Darwin Elementary, and Budlong Elementary.

This revolutionary program teaches young children to engage screens with special focus and higher order thinking skills by giving them the tools they need to process what they are watching. Our favorite comment from last year came from Cody, age 5, who said: "I want to be you for my little brother. I want to help him get screen smart!"

Call Michelle at 773.528.6854 to bring My First Media to your school!

Drawings from My First Media Students

“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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