Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival was founded in 1983 to introduce new, thoughtful, provocative, and culturally diverse films for children to American audiences, to recognize excellence in children's filmmaking, and empower children by involving them directly in the jurying process. Today, the Festival is one of the top film festivals for kids in the world and the largest film festival for children and youth in the country. The Festival was the first competitive festival of films for children in the U.S. and, from its inception, has had independent juries of children and adult media professionals awarding prizes in multiple categories. In addition, the Festival is the first festival of children's film to be honored as an Academy Award® qualifying festival. Winners of the Festival Juried prizes are eligible for consideration at the annual Academy Awards®. In 2017 they have selected Sam Firth's film Creeling to show to teenage audiences.