Night Ministry Global Girls Film Fest on 7/15!

Call Her Lotte, Germany

The powerful program, "Rise Above It", curated by residents of the Night Ministry, showcases 7 moving films from 6 different countries, including 4 Chicago premieres. The Global Girls Festival, made for girls, by girls, and about girls, will take place at 7pm on Saturday, July 15th at 625 N. Kingsbury St. There will be a 6pm reception preceding the screening. Celebrate young women in this groundbreaking event!

"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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When you feel pressured and overloaded, it's hard to keep students on track. That lack of enthusiasm can carry over into the classroom and diminish learning. A great PD workshop 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Parent Workshop 6/19 at Beasley CPC!

beckermedia.comOn 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 - Elliot Donnelly Youth Centers!

Gorilla, Finland

The Elliot Donnely Youth Center and ICMC are proud to partner for the second annual ICFILMFest at CYC. 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 for additional information!
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See How Healthy Screen Habits Accelerate Learning!

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."

ICMC Exhibits at National Catholic Education Association Apr 18-20

Come see us at the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Conference in St. Louis, MO!  The ICMC's acclaimed My First Media and MediaSmart programs will be showcased, along with the new "Diversity Matters" screenings.

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