‘The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’ has chosen a film produced earlier this year by Wabash Middle School in Indiana, USA as part of the Honeywell Centers Education Outreach Program for this year’s competition set to take place between Oct. 24 and Nov. 2 in the city. The Wabash kids made a short film ‘#OurSelfie’, an anti-bullying film working alongside Glass Eye Productions from Manchester, UK.
“More than 1,000 student-made films were submitted for the competition, and only 15 films were selected in the “Child Produced / Ages 6 – 14” category. We are especially excited because this is the first time EOP brought a film project to the schools,” said Teresa Galley, manager of the Honeywell Foundation EOP.
Under the guidance of sixth grade teachers Amy Degitz and Natalie Unger, twenty-seven Wabash Middle School students had the opportunity to work with Glass Eye Productions, a film production company based in Manchester, England. Working with filmmaker Danny Lomax, the students spent seven days immersed in the film production process from storyboarding to writing the final script, from auditioning for roles to learning the roles behind the camera. The end result is an “anti-bullying themed” short film that runs just under 9 minutes. The world premiere of “#OurSelfie” was held in the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre at the end of the project, including a screening of the movie and a film festival-style Q&A session with the 6th and 7th grade team.
Glass Eye Productions are an Education, Film and Media Company established in Manchester, UK they have worked across the media and education sectors for over a decade, producing dedicated content as well as engaging young people in schools and communities to give a platform to showcase stories and talent.
The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children’s film festivals in the world.