FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

NORTHERN LIGHTS (School Shorts Program)

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

Animated shorts that take you on adventures with globetrotters through distant lands. Learn how through family and companionship our heroes persevere through the challenges that lie ahead.

Adventure is just ahead for the characters in this collection of animated shorts. In one short, Colin has lived with his grandfather, Karl, since his parents died. When Karl goes narwhal hunting, Colin travels as a stowaway in his shelter-sled. He will have to overcome his fears and learn the secrets of the Far North. A film based on a true story about a record-breaking globetrotter who uses his thrilling past to teach his daughter lessons about life. In the final short, a snail and a whale travel together. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend? With voices of Diana Rigg and Sally Hawkins.

Shorts Program Duration: 78 minutes

Themes: Adventure to different historical times, places; learning to be open to new experiences, people

Language: This program is presented in English, Nonverbal, Romanian, and French with English subtitles

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


Synopsis: Talented Japanese Royal Court painter, Kuwagata Keisai creates vivid, life like paintings of animals by imagining what it would be like to be that animal. Does he imagine this too clearly?

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.

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    11 minutes
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  • Director
    Koji Yamamura
  • Producer
    Koji Yamamura