AMPAS Greenlights Global Girls for Second Year!

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

"It is the Grants’ privilege and responsibility to fund organizations, rising and established, that reflect both The Academy’s values and its leadership role in the arts," said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy's grants committee.

Global Girls is a therapeutic arts program designed to generate transformative dialogue about female-focused topics, and provide job-readiness skills. The program culminates in participants making a movie and curating their own film festivals. This evidence-based program works with marginalized young women in shelters and detention centers, helping them rise above limitations to build an empowered future. 

We’re On A Mission to Change the Way Children Use Electronic Screens. Won’t You Join Us?

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. 

New Global Girls Partnerships for 2018!

The ICMC is now interviewing new agencies as prospective partners for the landmark Global Girls film immersion program. With more than 200 films identified for the 2018 program, Global Girls promises to deliver transformative experiences for girls and young women in three agencies.  The program trains girls in vital 21st century skills and provides economic opportunities that lead to employment for marginalized young women in homeless shelters and detention centers.  To volunteer, call 773-528-6854!

Global Girls from ICMC on Vimeo.

Screen Smart Programs Aim to Close the Achievement Gap in Three Chicago Public Schools


Screen SmartTM the ICMC's accelerated learning program for PreK-1st grade is underway in eight classrooms at Willa Cather School in the Garfield Park neighborhood, five classrooms at Beasley School and eight classrooms at James Otis School. The 12 session course boosts literacy and empathy while giving early childhood students much-needed focus and self-regulation skillls.



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

Inspiring In-Service Workshops

Check into ICMC professional development and discover how a great PD workshop can revive your passion for teaching!

1. Use Media & Technology to Improve Skills, Scores and Common Core

Connecting the stories on screens to the stories in books will boost literacy, critical thinking and empathy.  The result:  better learning and happy students. All Grades.

2. Screen Smart Learning Strategies for ELL Learners

This high-energy workshop shows educators how to use narrative media to improve ELL students’ abilities in many common core frameworks. All Grades.

3. Screen SmartTM - Accelerate Learning & Close the Achievement Gap 

Gain a new tool kit of neuroscience-based, sensory approaches that that boost self-regulation, literacy and social emotional learning for PreK-2nd grade students. 

4. Instant RECESS – What to Do When Students Lose Focus

Chaotic or unpredictable days that diminish learning can cause students to fall behind. These lively physical and vocal techniques boost classroom energy and focus every day. Prek-5th.

Call 773-528-6854 or email

“UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES” Awarded National Parenting Center’s SEAL OF APPROVAL


Nicole Dreiske's THE UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES - How to Make Your Young Child More Screen Smart, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent has been awarded the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. The ground-breaking book shares Dreiske's powerful Screen SmartTM approach for promoting healthy screen habits and empathy in early childhood. Good news for families! Preorder now.

UPSIDE Book Signing at the Book Stall May 12th

Photo: Jennifer GirardICMC Director Nicole Dreiske will talk about healthy tech habits and The Upside of Digital Devices: How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent.  2pm, Sat. May 12th at The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, IL.  

WorldScene at Cook County Jail!

Thanks to the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, the ICMC is partnering with the Sheriff’s Anti-Violence Effort (SAVE) to bring WorldScene to the Cook County Jail.  Using art therapy and conflict resolution strategies, the program's goal is to end the cycle of violence, offer skill-building for future employment and provide springboards to hope.

According to Elli Montgomery, Director of the SAVE program, World Scene will be the first film-based therapeutic arts residency to be offered at CCJ, and will be the only film festival ever to take place inside a jail. 

ICMC Call For Entries - Each Entry Eligible for 4 Festivals!
Don’t miss out on the ICMC’s impressive season of festivals for 2017-2018.
Enter your film to be considered for four ICMC events: ICFilmFest, WorldScene, Global Girls, and My First Media. Download our Entry Form.
Entry Fee - $75/Short Film;  $125/Feature Film

Deadline:  June 21, 2018
Contact for additional information!
The Summer of Gods, Global Girls Fest 2015 Winner

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Nicole Dreiske's electrifying book has received the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. UPSIDE will be released in May 2018 by Health Communicatoins Inc. (HCI), one of the most respected publishers in the U.S. parent market.