About this project
As the creator of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, we at Facets have discovered over 8,000 of the very best films for children over the past 31 years.
With your help, we can make these films available to any child, anywhere, through the development of the Facets Kids app.
Our Last Hurrah!
Thank you all for helping us build this amazing resource for kids. Without you, kids would not have many options for indie media and 1000s of smart films would go unseen.
Here is your 6th film that will be available on the app: MisInvientions of Milo Weatherby by William Wirthy.
Thank you for helping us inspire the creative, smart global citizens of tomorrow.
Facets Kids is a subscription based streaming app that gives children access to smart independent films from around the world and gives families peace of mind with a better edutainment alternative. The app is designed with 3 principles in mind:
- Critical Thinking –Provide an engaging and exploratory interface that promotes social-emotional understanding and analytical skills.
- Global Citizens –Augment children’s exposure to global diversity. The catalog today contains over 400 films and perspectives from 45 countries and 25 different languages.
- Secure Environment –Protect young viewers from inappropriate content and targeted advertising from within the app. Facets Kids is a closed streaming service that keeps kids safe.
Click on the image above to see examples of Facets Kids films!
Films and digital media are the most powerful forces shaping children's lives today. Children consume over 2,000 hours of media each year compared to 900 hours spent in the classroom. Because distribution in the U.S is limited, programming from around the world and independent sources remains untapped. Facets Kids solves this dilemma by delivering a destination that connects kids to quality films that inspire creativity, curiosity, and appreciation for the diverse world around them.
Our plan is to reach 1000 films, 1000 subscribers, and 1000 schools and libraries. For every dollar of our goal achieved, we can add staff to develop additional educational features, build the Android platform, and ensure a steady stream of new content. We will match each contribution by donating an app to a library or school in need, so that we can give every child the opportunity to engage with smart, independent, and global films.
Facets Kids is the brainchild of Facets, a 37-year-old non-profit media arts organization pioneering the distribution of 65,000 independent, art, classic and experimental films. Facets is the creator of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the nations oldest and largest festival dedicated to children and the only one recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We are a team committed to smart children’s media, making it accessible to as many kids as possible.
Risks and challenges
Facets Kids is currently available in its Alpha version for iPads only. With a successful Kickstarter we will be able to enhance the app to Alpha 2, Beta, and eventually a completed app available on a variety of devices. With any development project, the risk and challenge would be a speedy process of improvement and updating, but since the app is already accessible, we do not see Facets Kids ever becoming unavailable to those who seek it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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