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5th Annual Northbrook International Children’s Film Festival Takes the Virtual Stage with “Caring and Sharing”

Ba, one of the films in the film festival
Ba (Brazil)

This year's festival features six Chicago premieres and a Zoom afterparty for audience members and directors.

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The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) in collaboration with the Northbrook Public Library presents the 5th Annual Northbrook International Children’s Film Festival, featuring enchanting short films and six Chicago premieres in the “Caring and Sharing” program on Saturday, November 7 from 2:00pm-3:20pm, with a Zoom Afterparty for audience members and directors, from 3:30pm-4:00pm. For health and safety reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film festival will be held exclusively online. Register now.

This year, the Northbrook International Children’s Film Festival will showcase eleven captivating and culturally rich films from eight different countries, including South Korea, Germany, and Brazil. The screening of “Caring and Sharing” features six Chicago premieres and highlights short films that explore the enduring themes of empathy, understanding, and friendship despite barriers of all kinds. Children and adults alike will resonate with these unique films and their evergreen themes that illustrate just how important it is to care for one another.

“Parents will want to watch the films with their children, just as they would at the festival, says ICMC director Nicole Dreiske. “They can interact about the movies during the screening, then talk to children about their favorite films and help them vote,” she continued. Dreiske’s Co-Viewing Tips for Parents are available on the Northbrook Library website here.

The final film, “Little Questions” features poignant interviews by a seven-year-old girl who is searching for a way to end war. Director Virginia Abramovich says, “Thank you so much for screening the film and for bringing this very important topic into public discussion at this time.”

Giving family audiences a new way to engage with digital content, the Northbrook Library will host an ICFilmFest Afterparty and Q&A with film directors on ZOOM at 3:30pmCT.  Ms. Abramovich and her daughter, Ana, who is the main character in the film, are now confirmed to participate in the Festival After Party, along with Leandro Tadashi (Ba, Brazil) and Elena Walf (Bat Time, Germany.)

“At a time when we’re seeing so much conflict and concern, the Library is delighted to bring Northbrook families this special film program, showing how shared experiences and caring for one another can bring us closer,” says Northbrook Library Youth Services Manager, Kelly Durov.

Audiences who attend this virtual film Festival will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films online immediately following the program. Their participation determines the winner of the “Best of Fest” prize to be awarded to the film that receives the greatest number of votes.