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Films have the power to inspire creativity in children, and Facets Kids can give more kids access to smart, mindful movies.
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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.

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    Eternal Gratitude - Just because it's the minimum pledge amount doesn't mean it can't make an impact. Facets gives its eternal thanks for your contribution, no matter the size.

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    Special Thanks! - Receive a special thank you from Facets Director Milos Stehlik via email, name on Facets homepage credited as a Facets Kids pioneer

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    The Sampler - Receive the short film "Mirage" via email to download, name on homepage

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    Show Your Support - For smart films for smart kids with a set of exclusive Facets Kids stickers, the short film "Mirage", credit as pioneer on homepage.

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    Wear Your Support - Wear your support on your sleeve with an exclusive Facets Kids T-Shirt, set of stickers, short film “Mirage”, and credit as pioneer on homepage.

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    Facets Kids Starter Pack - One Year Subscription to Facets Kids on the iPad, set of exclusive stickers, name on the homepage

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    Android-Lovers Pack - "Best of the Fest" DVD, set of exclusive stickers, name on the homepage

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    CICFF Super Fans - Family Pass to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in October 2015, One Year Subscription to Facets Kids, name on the homepage. (Travel fees not included)

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    iPad Lovers Pack - Speck® iGuy iPad cover, One Year Subscription to Facets Kids, exclusive stickers, name on homepage

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    App Lovers Pack - Flip Boom’s animation app for the iPad, One year subscription to Facets Kids, credit on homepage.

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    Signed copy of Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes’ children’s film 'From Time to Time,' starring the phenomenal Maggie Smith.

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    From the Filmmakers - Limited edition, high-resolution printed stills from 1 of 4 films signed by respective filmmakers, One Year Subscription to Facets kids

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    Cracking Animation - “Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation” signed by the three animators including Nick Park (Creator of Wallace and Gromit), One Year Subscription to Facets Kids, credit on the homepage

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    Happy Birthday! - Birthday party at Facets Cinematheque with popcorn and movies, One Year Subscription to Facets Kids

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    Signed prints from illustrator Peter Sis from his most recent book "The Pilot and the Little Prince."

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    Adopt a Classroom! - One Year School Subscription to Facets Kids, classroom curriculum for teachers, Facets-led media literacy workshop (for local Chicago schools, this will be in-person classroom visit; for out of state classrooms this will be over video call)

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    An original photograph of Peter O'Toole riding a bicycle taken and signed by Leonard Malten, One Year Subscription to Facets Kids

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    Artist and animator Angie Haush will create a short, personalized animation featuring your child and their favorite activity or thing.

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    Interview with Herby the Elf or Larry the Zombie - Motus Digital Studio will animate the contributor in a scene with one their characters. This will be conducted via Skype, no travel required.

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    Script from Downton Abbey season 1, episode 1, signed by writer & creator Julian Fellowes.

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    Private Film Mentoring Session with Steve James, One Year Subscription to Facets Kids *Travel expenses not included

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    Six-month filmmaking mentorship with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jill Godmilow. Based in New York City but can also be by mail or phone. Limited to 10 hours over 6 months.

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    Lunch with Ken Burns in NYC for 4 Guests and Facets Kids One Year Subscription. *Traveling expenses are not included in this tier.

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    2-Hour Private Film Mentoring Session with Werner Herzog, One Year Subscription to Facets Kids *Travel expenses not included

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