In partnership with the 34th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago presents ¡Anímate with Animayo!, a stop-motion film workshop with Damián Perea of the Spain-based ANIMAYO International Film Festival of Animation on Friday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This bilingual workshop will be held at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 W Ohio) and is geared towards children aged 8-10 years old. The workshop costs $25 for Facets members and $30 for the public. More information, including registration, at Note: Fri., Nov. 3rd is a CPS in-service day.

Stop-motion animation involves posing scenes and situations and photographing each stage of movement to create animation. Participants in this workshop will come away with first-hand knowledge of the creative process behind making a short stop-motion film using characters made of Play Dough. Participants will design the set and characters, create a storyboard, make the characters, set and, finally, shoot the film. All materials needed for the workshop are provided. If the participants would like to keep a copy of their video file at the end of the workshop, they will need to bring a flash drive.

Workshop instructor Damián Perea is producer and director of the ANIMAYO International Film Festival. Perea’s first film, the stop-motion short “Podría ser Peor” (“It Could Be Worse”)(1999), was nominated to the Goyas Spanish academy and received numerous prizes and special mentions in international film festivals. Two years later he won the contest organized by the Department of Economy and Estate of the Government of Spain to create the country’s Euro campaign. With one advertisement in clay animation, he directed “The García” (2001) for the prestigious campaign.

About the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival:

Each year, Facets’ Chicago International Children’s Film Festival presents the best, most innovative film and educational experiences for kids, families, students, and industry professionals. Giving filmmakers, families, educators, and media professionals access to the newest and most innovative children’s films, the Festival continues to use the power of film to offer a unique look into the lives and cultures of people around the world. After three decades, the core of Facets’ ethos remains this understanding that the best children’s films are made for, and not about, children. Since the first Festival in 1983, Facets has successfully created a home for smart, value affirming children’s films from all over the world. While much has changed over the past 30 years, Facets has retained and expanded its commitment to provide excellent film programming and educational experiences.

About Instituto Cervantes:

The Instituto Cervantes is a public not-for-profit institution founded by the government of Spain in 1991 to promote the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. It is now the largest international Spanish teaching organization with more than 80 centers on five continents. The center in Chicago offers a wide variety of classes and cultural events throughout the year, including the annual Chicago Flamenco Festival. Its cultural department regularly organizes conferences, lectures, film screenings, concerts, and art exhibits, bringing diverse audiences together to share a common cultural experience. Information about Instituto Cervantes of Chicago exhibitions, programs, and special events is available at