Emily Fitch

Emily Fitch

Morgan Park Academy (MPA) teacher Emily Fitch, of Mt. Greenwood, is among the educators, filmmakers and Facets film camp graduates who will judge this year’s 37th annual Facets Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) this month.

Long regarded as one of the top children’s film festivals globally, the CICFF will present 20 feature films and 244 short films from 52 countries for online viewing from Nov. 13 to 22.

Fitch, who has taught at MPA since 2006, said she and her colleagues have been attending the festival with their students for at least 20 years.

“Students always look forward to going,” Fitch said. “Children learn an immense amount through film. They get a window into the life of a child or a culture from another part of the world and learn that they have more in common than they may have realized with their global peers.

“In this digital age, the medium of film is one that students are always drawn to. It always leads to provoking and meaningful conversations when we get back to our classrooms.”

Films presented at the CICFF will be issued awards at the conclusion of the festival by the CICFF professional jury, youth jury and children’s jury. Awards include the Academy Award-Qualifying Best Animated and Best Live-Action Short Film categories.

For more information, visit the website at festival.facets.org.