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12 November 2020

The 37th FACETS Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) will put the spotlight on the Netherlands this year with a special Dutch focus, consisting of eight shorts and one feature film. CICFF37 runs online between November 13 - 22, 2020, offering virtual screenings to the greater Chicago area.

Dutch directors Dennis Bots (Angel) and Mirjam Marks (Jovanna for Future) will be virtually present at CICFF, taking part in extended Q+A sessions organized by the festival. The Chicago International Children's Film Festival aims to set an internationally-recognized standard of excellence in film for children and youth and is one of only two Oscar-qualifying children's film festivals in the world.

The Dutch Focus at CICFF is organized as part of the Never Grow Up! program, presenting an abundance of Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences in the United States, throughout 2019-2020. Never Grow Up! is a joint effort of Dutch Performing Arts, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, SEE NL, Cinekid, Dutch Foundation for Literature, and DutchCulture.

Overview of CICFF 2020 films from the Netherlands:

Angel - North American Premiere
Live-action feature film
Directed by Dennis Bots, produced by Incredible Film, co-prod: Phanta Basta!
When short, shy 11-year-old Angel finds a magical wishing clock, she sees it as an opportunity to transform her life - with unexpected consequences.

Caps and Hats: "Pirate Hat" (Pettenpret) - World Premiere
Animated TV series
Directed by Patrick Raats, produced by il Luster
Ready to set sail with a turtle as his first mate and a frog as his bosun, our hero is ready to find treasure at sea. But when the adventure turns into an animal rescue mission, does the team have what it takes?

En Route - Chicago Premiere
Live-action short film
Directed by Marit Weerheijm, Prod: Room for Film
While looking to go on their family shopping ritual, Inay makes a mistake, with consequences.

Holy Moly - North American Premiere
Documentary short
Directed by Eva Nijsten, prod: Tangerine Tree
It's time for First Communion, where the focus for this eight-year-old Catholic girl is the party, the presents, and the bouncy castle.

Jovanna for Future - North American Premiere
Documentary short
Directed by Mirjam Marks, prod: Tangerine Tree
Activist Jovanna has to take the climate into consideration in whatever she wants to do. She doesn't eat meat, and she and her family live in an "earthship," where they generate all the energy they use. How can she use her voice for climate change?

Under the Skin - North American Premiere
Live-action Short Film
Directed by Emma Branderhorst, prod: HKU - Utrecht University of the Arts
A synchronized swimmer gets herself into a tough situation with her teammates. Can she overcome it and focus on the upcoming competition?

Bear With Me - Chicago Premiere
Animated Short Film
Directed by Daphna Awadish
This animated documentary reveals the many difficulties prevalent for those who cross borders in order to be with the ones they love.

Cinema - Chicago Premiere
Animated Short Film
Directed by Merel Hamers, prod: Bart Maalderink Productions
Teenager Nora annoys her brother and the rest of the cinema audience with her mobile phone, until the cinema itself is forced to intervene...

Flow - Chicago Premiere
Animated Short Film
Directed by Adriaan Lokman, prod: Valk Productions
A turbulent day, painted by air.


For more information:

Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF): https://festival.facets.org/

Never Grow Up! : https://www.dutchcultureusa.com/nevergrowup/


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