FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

GATE CHECK (School Shorts Program)

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SCHOOL PROGRAM – Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form 

Growing up and checking in. This collection of films discusses the complexities of mental health, stability, and community care within children.

It's important to know who you are and who you can count on. In one short, a boy and his classmates share their daily stresses and anxieties. In another, Clara is a self-demanding perfectionist. Although it takes time and patience, she is able to recover from her eating disorder with the trusted support system. In the last short, an animated documentary, a young man tells an important lesson on daily ties: you are who you surround yourself with.

Shorts Program Duration: 58 minutes

Themes: Identity, external supports, family can be who you make it, developing coping strategies.

Language: This program is presented in English and Nonverbal.

Content Advisory: This program contains Mature Themes.

Geoblocking Notice: This program is only available in the Chicagoland area.


Synopsis: Everything in which Mr. Full engages himself daily remains within him. He never forgets a memory, a thought or an emoton. On the other hand, regardless of his constant eforts, nothing fulfills Mr. Empty. Until the day Mr. Full decides to confront his fears and Mr. Empty resolves to take a journey.

Program Type: School Program and Public Program – Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form 

Geoblocking Notice: This film is only available in the Chicagoland area.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    8 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    North American
  • Director
    Catarina Sobral