June 9th - BUILDChicago Global Girls Festival! Food, Fun, Film and Directors!


Global Girls Participants, BUILD Chicago BUILDChicago's Global Girls Festival launches Friday, June 9 at 5100 W. Harrison in Austin!  Showcasing 8 films from 6 countries, the screening will feature two U.S. Premieres, Rise Up and That's Not Me, produced by Soleil Media with girls in the CHA summer program. Several young filmmakers and Cassio Pereira, director of the heartwarming Brazilian film Marina's Ocean will be present for a Q and A following the screening! Come join the festivities and vote for the prestigious Global Girls “Best of Fest” prize in this unique festival supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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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The ICMC’s revolutionary work with thousands of at-risk children and youth depends on you!

Your contribution will bring accelerative learning and “screen smart skills” to impoverished schools, and to homeless, abused and incarcerated youth. 

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."

Global Girls Goes to Night Ministry & BUILDCHicago

Global Girls, the ICMC's transformative arts residency,  is now in session at the Night Ministry every Thursday evening, and at Phillips H.S. in partnership with BUILDChicago. 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.

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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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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.

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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 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:  June 15, 2017
Contact icmediacenter@gmail.com for additional information!
The Summer of Gods, Global Girls Fest 2015 Winner
World Premier at Darwin ICFilmFest June 2nd!


Music Box, USAStudents will show off their screen smart skills in a special screening for parents and children at Darwin School, 3116 W. Belden. Seven lively short films from six countries will include the World Premiere of Friendshape, by Chicago author, Amy Krouse Rosenthall.

Students from Prek-2nd grade participated in ICMC’s innovative My First Media program. Mauricio Segovia, Darwin's Principal, says “Using screens with compassion and intelligence is essential for 21st century learning.”

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. 

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.

BEST OF FEST Winner at the Round Lake Beach Children's Film Festival

Pingu: Pancakes, Switzerland

Thanks to the Round Lake Beach Library, Park District and Civic Center, as well as Mano a Mano for a great festival fun zone and wonderful day! The winner of the Best of Fest Award is:

Pingu: Pancakes  (Switzerland)
Directed by: Otmar Gutmann & Erika Brueggeman
"Lila" Wins Lydia Home Global Girls Film Festival


Lila, SpainOn October 15th, a packed audience was enchanted by short films in the Global Girls screening "Mighty Me: Unstoppable Dreams". After tallying the votes, "Lila", directed by Carlos Lascano, won the first annual Lydia Home Global Girls "Best of Fest" prize.

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