No Bullies, Please!

Get the conversation started about bullying with these engaging film programs for Pre-K & K and grades 1-8, featuring relatable situations and familiar stories that will spark lively and constructive dialogue.

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 the Common Core 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. To book your group please contact or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.

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Programs Available:

Mouse for Sale

New Friends on the Block
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades PreK & Kindergarten (Ages 2-5)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles read aloud.
70-minute program includes media education 

Themes: Recognizing feelings of others, Empathy, Sharing, Tolerance, Respect, Recognize Differences, Identifying boundaries, Communication, Playing well with others, and Including others in play. 

"New Friends on the Block" - Program Description (PDF) 

Sesame Workshop: “New Friends”
The Pencil That Didn’t Know How to Write
The Show with the Elephant: “Siblings”
Don’t Give Up
Mofy: “The Little Market”
Black Sheep Fitting In
Nulli & Priesemut: “The Visitor”
The Big Brother
Mouse for Sale
Molly Monster: “New Toy”
Meatballs and the Sorry Bullies              

Films from Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US.

Empathy is as easy as 1-2-3. The first step is learning to share and include others in play. The characters in these short films know we are all different, but they find ways to get along. Toad and Bunny have a visitor with an annoying habit. Can they work through their animal differences? Molly the Monster loves her new toy, but doesn’t remember to include her pal when playing with it. Remembering to respect each other’s feelings and allow others in on the fun is the best game of all. Learn to share, understand and respect differences with these fun live-action and animated films!

Acorn Boy

Do Unto Otters
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 1-3 (Ages 5-8)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles read aloud.
90-minute program includes media education 

Themes: Recognizing feelings and perspectives of others; individual and group similarities and differences: ways cultural groups differ from one another (e.g. holidays, foods, music, and customs); empathy; what is a bully bystander?; social bullying (being left out); sense of shared community; sharing with others; identifying unwelcome teasing behaviors; identifying adults to turn to in bullying situations. 

"Do Unto Otters" - Program Description (PDF)

Left Out
Mouse for Sale
The Big Brother
No, No, No! – The Hat Acorn Boy
Play Lunch
Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)
Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks

Films from Australia, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the US!

Feeling left out is tough. That’s why it’s so great when someone remembers to include a new person in playtime. When Alli’s big sister and her bestie exclude her from their play session, the “Little Gorilla” shows them a way they can all join in the fun. In another short, a little boy is bullied and turns to someone for help. In another, a boy stands his ground against the mean girls who make fun of his stocking cap. He turns to his stylish sister, who takes the high road by making his hat the new trend. Lastly, a little detective in Ghana teaches some big girls to include a new member in their clique. When we appreciate each other’s differences and to involve others in activities, it makes our world a better place.

Be Good To Eddie LeeActions Speak Louder M P
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 4-6 (Ages 9-11)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.
90-minute program includes media education.

Themes: Being More than a Bystander; Empathy, Differences; Acceptance, Tolerance; Standing up to peer pressure; Bully targets and stereotyping based on disability, gender preference, gender; Social bullying (exclusion); physical bullying (hitting), verbal bullying (teasing). Set a good example, Reinforce community, Recognize personal qualities and external supports; and Roles of responsibility as victim, bystander, and rescuer.  

"Actions Speak Louder" - Program Description (PDF)

Left Out
Eyes on the Stars
Pineapple Head
In a Heartbeat
The Big Brother
Be Good to Eddie Lee
Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks
Wini + George
The Boy with Chocolate Fingers

Films from England, Iceland, Switzerland and the US!

Sometimes it only takes one action to help in a bully situation. It’s not easy being different or being the new kid in town, and a little empathy can go a long way to help. In one film, Eddie has Down syndrome. His friend Christi includes him in their summer past time, much to the annoyance of her other friend, Jim. In another film, after George gets beat up for preferring stuffed ponies to boys’ games at a party, his neighbor Wini reassures him with a quiet act of kindness. In an African village, Sule teaches a girl to include the new boy, leading by example with one small act. The characters in these films “step it up” and have a positive influence on others with their actions.

Friendly Match

Good Sports M P
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 4-6 (Ages 9-11)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.
90-minute program includes media education.

Themes: Personal responsibility, stereotyping, conflict resolution (deflection), empathy, diversity; “Be More Than a Bystander”, Who is the bully target, who is the bully. Evaluate ways of dealing with upsetting situations: being teased, being left out. Recall a situation where your behavior impacted others positively. Demonstrate strategies for building relationships with others who are different from oneself. Identify unwelcome teasing of bullying behaviors. Explain how a lack of understanding of social/cultural differences can contribute to intolerance. Demonstrate graciousness in winning and losing. 

"Good Sports" - Program Description (PDF)

Soccer Scientists: “Fouls”
The Basketball Game
Number One
The Fight
A Friendly Match

Films from Canada, Germany, Norway, and the US!

Besides scoring points, being a star on the team means leading by example. In one film set at a Jewish summer camp basketball game, the real points earned are tolerance and understanding.  In another film, Mirko is the new boy in town. He wants so badly to fit in with his classmates that he’ll go to questionable lengths to obtain their approval. Embarrassed to train in his old soccer cleats, and with the soccer tournament drawing near, Mirko makes a tough decision. Next, Jaspal, a Sikh student, arrives in London and looks to fit in with the “cool boys” and share in their hobbies, but he is rejected for the wrong reasons.  In another short, Daniel tries his hardest to keep the new boy down at their all-boys school, but he eventually comes around and sets the pace at their track meet.  Taking the high road is not easy, but that's how you really win.

Tricks & Clicks

Teasing & Texts Mature themesMild profanity
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.
90-minute program includes media education.

Themes: Standing up to peer pressure, empathy, friendship, confidence. Indirect/verbal/psychological bullying: social media abuse, enforced social isolation, spreading rumors, intentional exclusion. Apply decision-making skills to deal responsibly with daily social situations. Describe how classmates who are the subject of rumors or bullying might feel. Distinguish between bullying and nonbullying behaviors/situations. Discuss stereotyping and its negative impact on others. Discuss the roles of responsibility as victim, bystander, perpetrator, rescuer in a situation. How to report & intervene cyberbullying behavior.

"Teasing Texts" - Program Description (PDF) 

Tricks and Clicks: “How to Handle Internet Bullying”
The Social Addicts                                 
Onion Skin                                                             
Weekend Practice
How to Survive Myself 

Films from Canada, England, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the US!               

Words can hurt as badly as blows. In one film, a student chooses to write a letter to his fellow classmate. As a result, the gossips in the lunchroom tease him: “Why doesn’t he just text already” and “he’s such a loser.” In another film, Anni’s father discovers she’s been the victim of a mean name-calling text message. She finds that even though looking to him for the right answers is tough, it’s totally worth it. In the last film, the start of a new year at school means the cliques have changed; it’s a confusing situation to deal with. If you resist that negative pressure, you can 'flip the script' and define your own positive roles, as the characters in these short films do.

No Labels, Please

No Labels, Please Mature themes
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.
90-minute program includes media education

Themes: Tolerance/Respect; Identifying stereotyping based on gender, orientation, religion, disability, appearance; Recognizing feelings/perspectives of others; Recognizing individual differences; Investigate traditions of others; Confidence in Individuality; Hobbies and Identity-building strategies; Use communication skills and social skills to interact effectively with others.

"No Labels, Please" - Program Description  (PDF)

Scarves, Crosses, and Incense                                          
Garage Sale                                          
Specky Four Eyes                
Guri Gursjen & Gursjan Gru
The Vacuum Kid                    
I am Round                                            
Dancing with Style  

Films from Finland, France, Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA. 

What makes each character in these films different also makes them special. But hobbies, appearances, lifestyles, backgrounds, and religions can be targets for being judged and bullied. In a documentary short, two Finnish girls tell their story about how they are no different than any other girls at the mall...except for their hijabs. In one film, young punk hipsters are rejected for their differences – until they find each other and learn to celebrate their uniqueness, together. In another film, Kyle refuses to be bullied for pursuing his quirky collecting hobby.  In a Dutch documentary, talented Eugene is taunted as “gay” in the hallways. When he decides to participate in his school’s Bullying Day events by explaining his hobby, his passion, commitment, and dance moves, he wins the students over. Pursuing one’s interests, recognizing our strengths, and embracing our differences makes it easier to take a stand. No labels, please!

Weight of the World

Don’t Get Middle Schooled Profanity M V 
Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)

All world language films will be screened with English subtitles.
90-minute program includes media education.

Themes: Empathy, Friendship, Communication. Recognizing bullying motivation (who targets). Evaluate ways of dealing with being teased or left out. Distinguish between bullying and nonbullying situations. Ignoring negative peer pressure. Identify strategies for avoiding risky behavior. Direct bullying (teasing/hitting) versus indirect bullying (isolation/noninclusion). Avoiding retaliation and dealing with peer conflict. 

"Don't Get Middle Schooled" - Program Description (PDF)  

The Weight of the World
The Turtle and the Nightingale
A  Friendly Match

Films from Germany, Norway, and the US!

The young men in these films make decisions on their own about fitting in. However, with hard decisions come consequences. In the first film, Johan wants to be part of the cool boys’ group. He joins by taking part in a seemingly harmless prank – one that goes very wrong. In another film, 12-year-olds Harry, Liam, and Ricky are the new kids. They learn to rely on each other’s strengths to get comfortable. In the final film, Mirko really wants to gel with his new soccer team – if only he had some awesome cleats. When tough issues present themselves, don’t get middle schooled!