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: Clara is a self-demanding, perfectionist, nine-year-old girl. Despite her efforts and the temptations her friend Bea offers continuously, she gets a failing grade in Physical Education. She has embarked along a path of obsessions and self-deception that will lead her to fall into a bottomless pit. A journey through darkness on which she'll lose everything including the people close to her, in particular her parents. Filled with doubt and questions, what will be the beacon to show her the way out of the tunnel?

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

Content Advisory: This film contains Mature Themes

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

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  • Director
    Juan Carlos Mostaza
  • Producer
    The Cathedral Media