October 20, 2008

EVENTS: Chicago International Film Festival (USA)

CHILDREN'S FILM FEST: Event for kids celebrates silver anniversary

By Nancy Maes | Special to the Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2008

The Chicago International Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and though it has grown, it's still young at heart.

A quarter-century ago, the festival, presented by Facets Multi-Media, showed about 60 films. For its silver anniversary, the fest received about 2,000 entries, and juries of adults and children selected 249 films from 44 countries, which include 53 world premieres. It also features appearances by actors and filmmakers and filmmaking workshops taught by professionals, said founder Nicole Dreiske.

Germany is represented by the live-action feature "Stella and the Star of the Orient" (ages 9-11), the story of a young girl who journeys back 100 years, where she searches for a treasure to save her great-grandmother's family from financial ruin and teaches her ancestors a thing or two about equal rights for women.

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