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OCTOBER 2014
 
Tribute to French Film
 
October 24 - November 2, 2014
Chicago International Children's Film Festival

French cinema for kids and young adults have the ability to tell wonderful stories that make one dream, smile, and, at times, cry. It is undoubtedly a cinema rich with emotion, action and passion. This year's Chicago International Children's Film Festival features a Tribute to French Film, with an eclectic collection of animated and live-action features for a variety of ages, including a tribute to Folimage Studios and two highly-anticipated features, Belle et Sebastien based on French bestselling children book by Cécile Aubry and Prévert, Poetry and Preference for Carrots based on Jacques Prevert's poems.

Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Institut Français and presented at the Music Box Theatre , the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Facets Theatre, Instituto Cervantes and the Alliance Française de Chicago.

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PROGRAM @ MUSIC BOX THEATRE
Saturday, October 25 | 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 30 | 11:45 a.m.
Directed by Nicolas Vanier
Live-action Feature Film
Grades 6-9, Ages 10-16
In French with English subtitles.

Adapted from the popular series of novels by French author Cécile Aubry and filmed in the breathtaking, snow-covered Alps, Belle and Sebastian is the story of a unique friendship between an orphan and a mountain sheep dog during World War II directed by Nicolas Vanier.

Trailer

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Sunday, November 2 | 11:30 a.m
Directed by Richard Goudreau
Live-action Feature Film (Canada)
Ages 15+
In French with English subtitles

In this prequel to the hit Canadian series The Boys, hockey is everything for six teenagers living in a small Canadian town in the 1960s. When they aren’t at school or chasing girls, they are on the ice playing for their team, the Aces. But when the winter tournament begins, they face their biggest rival yet: the Stars, coached by Racette, their parents’ malicious factory boss. With the help of their new friend and classmate Meo, the boys learn the value of friendship, family, and teamwork, both on and off the ice.

Trailer

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PROGRAM @ ALLIANCE FRANCAIS DE CHICAGO
Saturday, November 1 | 9:30 a.m.
Directed by Pierre Gréco
Animated Feature Film (Canada)
Grades 1-3, Ages 5-9
In French with English subtitles

Although the annoyingly punctual rooster keeps the town of St-Victor motivated with his ear-splitting morning crow, one group of sleep-deprived citizens has had enough of having their slumber disrupted. But when their plan to rid themselves of the rooster causes the village's fortunes to spiral, their fellow townspeople must find the fowl before the whole town goes under!

Trailer

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Saturday, November 1 | 11:30 a.m.
French Shorts Film Program
Ages 10+
In French with English Subtitles

En sortant de l’école is a collection of 12 animated adaptations of poems from the great French poet Jacques Prévert. Each poem is brought to life in a variety of styles with the talent and graphic creativity of young directors just out of French animation schools. En sortant is paired with Scent of Carrots, a short about a carrot-loving rabbit who befriends a nut-loving squirrel.

En Sortant de l'école trailer (French)

Scent of Carrots trailer

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Saturday, November 1 | 1:00 p.m.
French Shorts Film Program
Ages 10+
In French with English Subtitles

Founded in 1981, Folimage Studios specializes in creating animation films and is the genius behind A Cat in Paris, nominated for an Oscar in 2012 in the Best Animated Feature category and winner of the CICFF’s top children’s jury prize for animated feature in 2011. The animation studio handles both production and distribution and strongly supports a catalogue including over 45 shorts, as well as classic television series and specials. 2014 will see the release of the feature, Phantom Boy. Shorts included in the program are never-before seen in Chicago, as well as new inclusions from the 2014 Festival line-up and the 2012 CICFF 1st place animated short film award winner, Kali the Little Vampire.

Print courtesy of Institut Français

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PROGRAM @ LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, October 29 | 9:45 a.m.
Directed by Thomas Szabo
Animated Feature Film
Grades 4-10, Ages 9-16
No dialogue

In a remote mountain range, two ant colonies struggle for ownership of a box of sugar left behind by picnickers. Stuck in the middle of this fight, a lost little ladybug decides to help his new friends, the black ant colony, bring the sugar cubes back to their hill and defend themselves against the villainous red ants.

Trailer

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SHORTS PROGRAM
Wednesday, October 29 | 11:15 a.m.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 6-8, Ages 11-14

Where we come from and where we’re bound is explored in this collection of short films :

Almost (France)
To Live (Martinique/Guadeloupe)
Dive (France)
Jamila – If Only I Could Fly (Denmark)
Freedom (India)
Sharukh – On the Road to Happiness (Germany)

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Saturday, November 1 | 2:00 p.m.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 2-8

What are Best Buddies all about? Make new friends and keep the old? Easy peasy!

Crush (South Africa)
Mops & Ollie (Denmark)
Decorations (Japan)
Spot and Splodge Do Earstanding (Sweden)
Little Ruddy (Latvia)
The Troll Trap (Germany)
Anatole’s Little Saucepan (France)
Macropolis (Northern Ireland)
Carrot Jam (Belgium/France)
Little Matryoshka (Turkey)

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Tuesday, October 28 | 11:45 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 10+, Ages 15+

Where do we come from and where are we bound?

I Am As I Am (France)
I Can’t Wait (France)
Man On the Chair (South Korea)
Angélique’s Day for Night (France)
Load (Israel)
Railway Watchman (Poland)
Beach Flags (France)
Marina’s Ocean (Brazil)

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Friday, October 24 | 9:30 a.m.
Music Box Theatre
Friday, October 31 | 9:45 a.m.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 1-3, Ages 6-9

The characters in these short films find solutions to problems given in creepy clues.

Strange Encounters of the Friendly Kind: “The Spiky Ones” (Germany)
What If… – Daddy Bat (Sweden)
Peter Pix – The Egg (Denmark)
Earmouse & Bottle (USA)
Peter Pix – The Pillow Fight (Denmark)
What If… – Flea Circus (Sweden)
Alien (Czech Republic)
Creepy Carrots (USA)
Tip the Mouse: “Shazam” (Italy/Germany)
The Magic Ferret (Canada)
Angelo Rules: “The Candy Vault” (France)

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Friday, October 31 | 11:45 a.m.
Instituto Cervantes
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 8-10+, Ages 13-16+

Cross-cultural communication knows no boundaries for the characters in this collection of short films.

Peter Pix: “The Alarm Clock” (Denmark)
Jamey’s Fight (Netherlands)
Beach Flags (France)
Lost Senses (Poland)
Knopka (Germany)
Speed Dating (USA)
Foad (France)

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Saturday, October 25 | 9:30 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 5-8

The busy buddies in this collection of short films are eager to explore their world.

Peter Pix – The Cardboard Box (Denmark)
Peter Pix – The Car (Denmark)
Walkin’ the Dog (Hungary)
Broats (USA)
What If – “Rabbit and Fox” (Sweden)
Alligator Stroll (USA)
Captain Fish (France)
Spot and Splodge – Disco Party (Sweden)
Silent (USA)
Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator (USA)
Tumble Leaf: “Kite” (USA)

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Wednesday, October 29 | 11:45 a.m.
Music Box Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 1-3, Ages 6-9

Solving problems is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.

Page from a Notebook (France)
Morningbird and Murmelton on Winter Holiday (Norway)
Matt & Gus: “Donut Disturb” (USA)
Jan & Henry: “The Pirate Party” (Germany)
Anatole’s Little Saucepan (France)
The School of Fine Arts (France)
Moritz (Germany)
Carrot Jam (Belgium/France)
Vasa (Latvia)
How Shammies Were Getting Married (Latvia)
Tip the Mouse: “Telling Tall Tales” (Italy/Germany)
Gallant Captain (Australia)

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Friday, October 31 | 9:45 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades K-2, Ages 5-8

Sizes and Surprises teaches problem solving and managing expectations. Whoa, that sounds hard. On the contrary! With a “try, try again” attitude any puzzle can be solved.

Peter Pix – The Cardboard Box (Denmark)
Relax (USA)
The Mobile (Mexico)
Patchwork Chicken (Germany)
Little Bird and the Squirrel (Switzerland)
Carrot Jam (France)
Crush (South Africa)
Hidden Talent (Croatia)
Mademoiselle Zazie: “Weird Weeds” (France)
Morningbird and Murmelton on Winter Holiday (Norway)
The Elephant and the Bicycle (Belgium/France)

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Sunday, November 2 | 9:30 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 8-10

Here’s a recipe for film food fun!

Peter Pix – The Penguin (Norway)
Peter Pix – The Chicken (Norway)
By Request Pizza (USA)
Lemonade Tale (Estonia)
Carrot Jam (Belgium/France)
Wombo (Germany)
Scent of Carrots (Belgium/France)

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Sunday, November 2 | 11:00 a. m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 6-8

In this collection of short films, the characters and critters use observation and deduction to learn about life cycles, habitats, and characteristics.

Ain’t No Fish (USA)
Peter Pix – The Cardboard Box (Norway)
Dimitri: “The Collection of Peanuts” (France/Belgium)
I Know An Animal: “Snail” (Germany)
Little Wild Ones – Spring (Denmark)
Wombo (Germany)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Jules Verne (Italy)

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Monday, October 27 | 9:45 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades Pre-K & K, Ages 2-5

Make new friends and keep the old? Easy peasy! Getting along with someone different and sharing experiences is at the top of the list with the characters in these short films.

Relax (USA)
Little Bird and the Squirrel (Switzerland)
Little Hedgehog (Belgium/France)
Dimitri: “The Collection of Peanuts” (France/Belgium/Switzerland)
The Show with the Mouse: “Good Night, Carola” (Germany)
Kalle Kran (Sweden)
The Duckling Gets a Cookie (USA)
Tip the Mouse: “You’re Not My Friend Anymore” (Germany/Italy)
Mops & Ollie (Denmark)
Little Matryoshka (Turkey)

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Wednesday, October 29 | 9:45 a.m.
Instituto Cervantes
International Shorts Film Program
Grades K-2, Ages 5-8

Come along as these characters observe shapes, patterns, and perspective in all things.

Zebra (Germany)
Maple Syrup (Canada)
Copacao (Romania)
Where’s the Fish? (Taiwain)
Little Hedgehog (Belgium/France)
A Tin Can (Russia)
Giant Carrot (Belgium/France)
Little Ruddy (Latvia)
Zack & Quack (England/Israel)
Earth to Luna! (Brazil)

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Wednesday, October 29 | 10:15 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades Pre-K & K, Ages 2-5

“T” stands for “Team”! It’s time to try something new. It’s even easier when working together!

Crush (USA)
Peter Pix – The Car (Denmark)
Toons ‘n’ Tunes (Italy)
Strange Encounters of the Friendly Kind: “The Spiky Ones” (Austria/France)
Zebra (Germany)
Giant Carrot (Belgium/France)
The Troll Trap (Germany)
Little Ruddy (Latvia)
Calimero: “The Golden Kite” (Italy)
Maya the Bee: “Queen for a Day” (France)

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Saturday, October 25 | 11:00 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 10+

When it’s time to make changes, it’s good to have family nearby.

Granddaughter (Argentina)
Moritz (Germany)
Relativity Explained to Children (France)
The Birthday Gift (Italy)
Home Sweet Home (France)
Sundays (Germany)
Red Apple (Netherlands)

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Sunday, October 26 | 5:00 p.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 12+

There is always a next stage in life, a lesson that the characters in these animated films learn.

Peter Pix – The Violin (Norway)
Tale of a String (Denmark)
The Lion (USA/England)
The Cowboy – in Color (Norway)
Sandguy (Estonia)
I Can’t Wait (France)
Tulkou (France)
Bear Story (Chile)
Guida (Brazil)

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Monday, October 27 | 9:45 a.m.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Friday, October 31 | 9:45 a.m.
Instituto Cervantes
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12

It only takes one small gesture to break a very big barrier. The characters in these short films understand that an opposite point of view or an outsider’s view looking in is often just the right perspective.

Bendik & the Monster (Norway)
Ravi & Jane (Australia)
Mia (Belgium/France)
Junior Eye (USA)
Strings (Mexico)
Rabbit and Deer (Hungary)

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Thursday, October 30 | 11:45 a.m.
Instituto Cervantes
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 3-5, Ages 8-11

Time to unplug and engage in different pursuits, like the characters in these short films!

Page from a Notebook (France)
A Tin Can (Russia)
Mia (Belgium)
Drawing of Language (Mexico)
Bitseller (Spain)
Humanexus (USA)
Life Calling (India)

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Sunday, October 26 | 11:00 a.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 8-10

There’s an art to making or dancing to beautiful music just like there’s an art to painting a picture or taking a photograph – just watch as performance and visual art combine in this vibrant collection of short films.

Walkin’ the Dog (Hungary)
The School of Fine Arts (France)
Silent (USA)
Pierre and his Backpack (Brazil)
The Trompetist (Mexico)
Bhavini – I Just Want to Dance (India)
The Art with Mati and Dadá: “Man Ray” (Italy)

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Tuesday, October 28 | 11:45 a.m.
Instituto Cervantes
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 10+, Ages 15+

Identity and the sense of place: where is home, in the heart or in the mind?

Peter Pix – The Cardboard Box (Denmark)
So Many Forests (France)
Children of the Holocaust: “Heinz’s Story” (England)
Bear Story (Chile)
No Fish Where to Go (Canada)
Beach Flags (France)
Paper State: Undocumented, Unafraid, Undeterred (USA)

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Sunday, November 2 | 1:00 p.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Ages 10+

Have you ever wondered how plastic is made, how much we use, and its effect on the environment? How about what overfishing is doing to the Earth’s ecosystem? Discovering the scientific method was never this much fun!

Dry as Dust (Belgium)
Ain’t No Fish (USA)
Peter Pix – The Violin (Norway)
So Many Forests (France)
None-and-a-half: “The Sea Without Fish” (Germany)
Vigia (Switzerland)
Earth’s Children (Peru)
Checker Can: “The Plastic Check” (Germany)

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Saturday, October 25 | 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28 | 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 30 | 11:45 p.m.
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 8-10+, Ages 12+

The quirky heroes in this collection of short films have to punch an alternative time clock.

Bath House (Sweden)
Berserk (Norway)
The Dam Keeper (USA)
Mr. Invisible (England)
A Town Called Panic (France)

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Sunday, October 26 | 3:00 p.m.
Facets Theatre

How do we make connections, even if the opportunity is oblique and obscure?

Tale of a String (Denmark)
Blankfillers (USA/Taiwan)
Wallpaper (USA)
Goodbye Mister de Vries (Netherlands)
The Teacher and the Flower (Mexico)
Tulkou (France)
But Milk is Important (Norway)
Railway Watchman (Poland)
Sandguy (Estonia)

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Wednesday, October 29 | 9:45 a.m
Facets Theatre
International Shorts Film Program
Grades 1-3, Ages 6-9

Getting to Know You! It only takes a small gesture to make a new friend.

Anatole’s Little Saucepan (France)
In the Round Four Cornered Forest: “Maminti, The Little Green Fairy” (Hungary)
Each Kindness (USA)
Friends: “Love at the Merry-Go-Round” (Argentina)
This is Not My Hat (USA)
Little Blue Balloon (Brazil)
Vic the Viking: “Resort Island” (France)

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PROGRAM @ MUSIC BOX THEATRE
 
PROGRAM @ ALLIANCE FRANCAIS DE CHICAGO
 
PROGRAM @ LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
 
SHORTS PROGRAM
 
 

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