Holland's Munya In Me Wins Best of Fest at Global Girls Festival 7/15


Munya In Me, Holland

"Munya In Me," (dir. Mascha Halberstam) a touching film that follows a young girl as she learns to stand up to bullies, won the "Best of Fest Award" at the Global Girls Film Festival! The Night Ministry's powerful program, "Rise Above It," showcased 7 moving films from 6 different countries, including 4 Chicago premieres. The screening moved audiences with themes of overcoming adversity and finding strength through hardship. 

"Marina's Ocean" Wins Best of Fest Prize at Global Girls Festival

Photo: Jireh Martin

Following a high-spirited Q&A with curators and directors at BUILDChicago's Global Girls Festival on June 9th, the enthusiastic audience awarded the Best of Fest prize to Brazilian director Cassio P. Santos for his film "Marina's Ocean" about a girl determined to go on her big sister's graduation trip.

Global Girls Goes to The Harbour

Global Girls, the ICMC's transformative arts residency, is currently completing pre-program training with The Harbour's staff. Sessions with Harbour residents, ages 16-18 will begin June 28th thanks to the generosity of the Niles Public Library where sessions will be held. The program's new emphasis on building job skills has inspired 30% of participants with the confidence to obtain employment. 

Global Girls from ICMC on Vimeo.

ICMC Director Signs Book Deal with Health Communications Books

Photo/Jennifer Girard

Nicole Dreiske, ICMC’s Executive Director, is teaming up with Health Communications Inc., publishing house of the acclaimed Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, to make the innovative pedagogies taught in My First Media available to all! Scheduled for release in 2018, the book will teach parents, educators, and families how to develop healthy screen habits. 

AMPAS Greenlights Global Girls

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded a prestigious FilmWatch grant to the International Children's Media Center for its groundbreaking Global Girls Residency and Festival.

"This year, the grants will support non-profit organizations in 24 communities across the country, reach underserved high school students, support emerging and mid-career filmmakers of all ages, and will provide unique opportunities for enrichment and engagement with the cinematic community and its artists," said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy's grants committee.

 Global Girls generates meaningful dialogue about female focused topics, and culminates in participants making a movie and curating their own film festivals. This transformative, evidence-based program works with marginalized young women in shelters and detention centers, helping them rise above limitations to build an empowered future. 

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Seasons of Love Wins 4th Annual APCC ICFilmFest!

Seasons of Love, USA

Seasons of Love, directed by Grettel Batoon, won the "Best of Fest" Prize at the fourth annual APCC ICFilmFest! The film drew in viewers with romance, following two leaves as they try to stay together through the seasons. 

ICMC Interns

After receiving 60+ internship applications, the ICMC has selected 12 interns for its summer/fall program.  Amber Friedenfields, Anh Nguyen, Ben Moore, Brandon Wallace, Dashawna Wright, Jireh Martin, Junice Savares,  and Rocco Thompson make up the ICMC Selection Committee, and will view more than 800 films with a rotating chairperson. Design interns Karen Hodo and Evelyn Mateo will give the ICMC a fresh new look, while illustrator Rob Byers works with Executive Director Nicole Dreiske on her children’s book “Screen Time At My House”. Media Arts Associate Christina Condei, will work as 3rd party evaluator assessing outcomes for the 2016-2017 My First Media program.

APCC ICFilmFest on 7/20


Boo and Baa Have Company, SwedenAlbany Park Community Center presents ICFILMFest on Thursday, July 20th at Albany Park Community Center on 5101 N. Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. The lively festival will feature two separate programs, "Friends Forever" at 10:30 am for children 2-5, and "Touch of Genius" at 1pm for children 8 and over. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free to APCC students and families!

ICMC Webinar for NCEA 8/23 How to Bounce Back from Summer Slump

ICMC Director Nicole Dreiske presents Using Screen Smart Skills to Bounce Back from Summer Slump. The perfect way to get students back on track!  8/23 for NCEA Members.

MY FIRST MEDIA | How to Accelerate Early Childhood Learning from ICMC on Vimeo.

Parent Workshop 6/19 at Beasley CPC!

On Monday, June 19 at 11:30, parents of PreK children who have participated in the My First Media program at the Beasley Child Parent Center (CPC), 5225 S. State, will attend the ICMC's 45-min. workshop, Screen Smart Skills to Prevent Summer Learning Loss. Refreshments and learning resources will be provided!

Second Annual ICFilmFest at CYC - Elliott Donnelly Youth Centers!

One Shoe Blues, USA

The Elliott Donnelley Youth Center and ICMC are proud to partner for the second annual ICFILMFest at the Chicago Youth Center located on 3947 S. Michigan Ave. Three lively short programs that feature a variety of amusing films will screen at 2pm on July 11, July 25th, and August 8th, and will showase 33 films from 18 countries.

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:  September 15, 2017
Contact icmediacenter@gmail.com for additional information!
The Summer of Gods, Global Girls Fest 2015 Winner
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Check out My First Media at Beasley School, 5225 S. State Street,  in Hyde Park every Wednesday from 9:50-am-2:30pm. Or visit Darwin School in Logan Square on Thursdays, starting at 9:30! "This is a wonderful program for our bi-lingual students," says PreK teacher Olivia Trevino, "they are always eager for the lesson."



GG 2min Promo from ICMC on Vimeo.