"Green Screen" Nature Programs

Explore the natural world with these engaging film programs for Pre-K & K and grades 1-5, featuring nature-themed movies from all around the globe.

All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and all programs include an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with Illinois State Board of Education Learning Standards is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

Flexible scheduling throughout the day - come to us or let us come to you! For details about screenings at Facets Multi-Media, click here. For details about screenings at your location, click here. For more information, contact Doug Newton at or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.

Programs Available:

Ploddy the Police CarPloddy the Police Car Makes a Splash
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Animated Feature (Norway)
100-minute program includes media education
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When a thunderstorm breaks the power lines and cuts off electricity in the town of Bodø, Ploddy the Police Car is ready for action! Against the wind and across the mountain, Ploddy pulls a new electrical cable into town. Through helping his friends, Ploddy goes “green” and is inspired with a new and improved source of energy! Together with his pal Oda Otter, Ploddy exposes the town villains’ plans—which are cruel to the environment—and saves the day in an energy-efficient way!


Spot and SplodgeSnow Cool
Pre-K and Kindergarten
90-minute program includes media education
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Breaking the Ice (USA)
Happiness: “Jump” (Norway)
Snowflakes and Carrots (Canada)
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (USA)
Winter Memories (Canada)
A Fishing Bear (Finland)
Spot and Splodge in Snowstorm (Sweden)
Polish Fairy Tales: “Winter Fairies” (Poland)
The Bear is Coming (Latvia)

Winter has blown in to Chicago—so cozy up with these toasty short films from around the world! Explore the snowy season with a Robert Frost poem narrated by Susan Sarandon. Navigate the forest with two Swedish bunnies as they look out for the best place to burrow for the long days ahead. Get inspired by a young Polish lacemaker who finds the best art in nature. Bundle up and come on down!


A Tree and a FlowerSpring Forward
Pre-K and Kindergarten
80-minute program includes media education
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Land of Zi (USA)
The Plant (USA)
A Little Symphony in the Forest (Japan)
A Tree and a Flower (USA)
Moon Children (Switzerland)
Pittanko! (Japan)
Sand Pixies: “The Moon Explorers” (Germany)
Rupert Bear: “The Giant Sunflower" (England)
Fifi and the Flowertots: Twinkle Twinkle (England)

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for film fun! Watch friendship bloom between a flower and a tree. See forest creatures emerge from the wintry woods in a beautifully animated movie from Japan. Explore a sparkly evening with the magical Moon Children. No more winter coats—let the sun shine in!


Light of the RiverLight of the River
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Animated Feature (Japan)
90-minute program includes media education
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A unique family of rats sets out on a long journey to find a safe place to call home. Forced out of their peaceful riverbank by construction, the country rat family encounters many challenges, but also kindness from new city-animal friends. Told through gorgeous animation, Light of the River celebrates the splendor of untouched nature, the freedom of embracing new challenges, and the joy of discovering new neighbors. Two-time award winner for animation at the 2010 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival!

BrunoBusy with Bugs
Grades 1-3 (Ages 5-8)
90-minute program includes media education
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Bruno (Germany)
Dog and Flea (Croatia)
Amazonia (USA)
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (USA)
The Mantis Parable (USA)
Diary of a Fly (USA)
The New Species (Latvia)
Butterflies (USA)

See what you can learn when you open your eyes to the world’s littlest creatures! Listen to actress Abigail Breslin’s firsthand bug expertise. Enemies Spider and Fly team up and realize they’re not so different after all. And what do you do with butterflies in your stomach — right before Show and Tell? The busy, buggy gang will share their secrets!


Molly in SpringtimeNight and Day
Grades 1-3 (Ages 5-8)
90-minute program includes media education
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Log Jam: “Moonlight” (Hungary)
Brain Zapped – Reason for the Seasons (USA)
Seasons of Love (USA)
Life Vein (Germany)
Where Does the Night Come From? (Brazil)
Knitted Nights (Germany)
Molly in Springtime (Canada)

Celebrate the vernal equinox—on March 20, there will be exactly half day and half night—with these springy short films! Granny knits for the moon, with wacky results. Disney star Selena Gomez looks at the earth’s axis and the reason for the seasons. And when a dastardly villain tries to take over the kingdom, Molly saves the day in a special way. Get into the lunar groove and get ready for warm weather!


Ice MasterFollow the Frost
Grades 1-3 (Ages 5-8)
90-minute program includes media education
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Log Jam: “KFG No. 5” (Hungary)
I’m Hungry (Belgium)
Carrot on the Beach (Estonia)
Ice Master (Latvia)
Leon in Wintertime (Canada)

The adventuresome animals in these splendid shorts find fun in the snow! A snowman does the impossible and makes it to summer. A bear trying to hibernate learns to adjust when his wolf pal howls at the moon. And a brave creature defeats the Winter Ogre to save his best friend Molly. Follow the frost and see where winter takes you!


Water DetectivesGreen Screen: Earth 101
Grades 4-5 (Ages 8-10)
95-minute program includes media education

Papiroplexia (USA)
Water Detectives (Mexico)
Let Them Grow! (France)
Garb Age (Taiwan ROC)
Summer Night Adventures: Snakes (Taiwan ROC)

Check out the wonders of the earth with these fantastic films! An artistic man uses origami to turn a bustling city into a natural haven. In the face of their town’s drought, kids seek creative solutions to conserve water. And after a terrible flood, Taiwanese children learn to live in harmony.