Media Education FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Free Films for Teachers

Utah Film Center believes good films have the power to change the world. These curated unlock new worlds, increase empathy, and broaden student social-emotional learning skills. Our library of films and short films are available to stream in the classroom for FREE along with study guides to enhance student learning, exploration, communication, and creativity.

How to View a Film & Receive Lesson Plans for Your Classroom

Review the library of films, documentaries, and short films in our collection.

Select the film you want to screen in your classroom. The film is either available for streaming on this website or via Tubi.

Fill out the Film Spark form to receive a study guide for the movie.

Short Films

Amazing Things Happen

Recommended for grades: K+

This is an introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance …

Beloved Community Project

Recommended for grades: Elementary and higher

Utah Film Center, in conjunction with Brolly Arts, is pleased to host the Beloved Community Film, study guide, and supporting …

Forglemmegei

Recommended for grades: 1+

Deep in the Norwegian forest, there is an old man, living an orderly and quiet life. Closed off from the …

In a Heartbeat

Recommended for grades: Middle School and higher

Shewin’s heart pops out of his body and runs after the boy he likes. Sherwin has to chase after his …

Iron Hands

Recommended for grades: 3+

Iron Hands (Tie Shou) tells the story of a determined 12-year-old girl who finds an unexpected ally in her bid …

JessZilla

Recommended for grades: 4+

JessZilla is about a ten-year-old with a fire in her heart for boxing and a dedicated father caught between supporting …

Lost & Found

Recommended for grades: 1+

A knitted toy dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life.

Lucky Girl

Recommended for grades: Elementary and higher

Esther is a Chinese adoptee with loving Caucasian parents, on the anniversary of her adoption she visits her Chinese-American friend …

Rebooted

Recommended for grades: Middle School and higher

A stop motion animated skeleton is having trouble finding work in modern Hollywood and competing with all of the new …

The Fox and the Bird

Recommended for grades: K+

A solitary fox finds itself improvising fatherhood for a freshly hatched baby bird.

The Present

Recommended for grades: 1+

The story of a boy who would rather spend his time indoors playing video games instead of discovering what’s waiting …

The Silent Child

Recommended for grades: Middle School and higher

A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to …

Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times

Recommended for grades: Middle School and higher

Alistair and Samir meet five different times, but it is only when they meet as old men that they can …

Documentaries

ALIVE INSIDE

ALIVE INSIDE

A social worker works to share their important discovery - that listening to music can unlock the memories of people suffering from dementia.
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THE ANTHROPOLOGIST

THE ANTHROPOLOGIST

The Anthropologist tells the parallel stories of famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Mead and Crate’s daughters are
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BLOOD BROTHER

BLOOD BROTHER

A young man from Pennsylvania decides to change his life after he visits an HIV orphanage in India.
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A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY

The story of a young woman who used her experience with being cyberbullied to start a worldwide anti-bullying crusade.
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FED UP

FED UP

Making the case that the obesity epidemic in America’s children isn’t due to lack of exercise, but to excessive sugar intake.
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MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE

Explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student murdered in Laramie, WY.
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A PLACE AT THE TABLE

A PLACE AT THE TABLE

An analysis of the growing problem of food insecurity in America.
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UNBRANDED

UNBRANDED

Follow four young men as they attempt to prove the value of mustang horses by riding them from Mexico to Canada.
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Utah Film Center Media Education programs are supported by POPS

About POPS
POPS (Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools) is an educational outreach program in the fine arts that provides a mechanism for Utah’s professional art organizations to assist in teaching the Utah’s fine art core curriculum in the public schools. Professional organizations match state revenues to support and enhance the delivery of art education through demonstrations, performances, presentations, and educational activities in the schools. The program ensures that each of the 41 school districts have the opportunity to receive services in a balanced and comprehensive manner over three years.

Utah Film Center POPS 2019-20 Final Annual Report

For more information contact Utah Film Center’s Media Education team at edu@utahfilmcenter.org