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.

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Programs Available:

Strange Encounters of the Friendly Kind

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

World language films are screened with English subtitles read aloud.
75-minute program includes media education 

Themes: Recognizing feelings of others; empathy; sharing;  tolerance, respect; recognize differences; identifying boundaries, communication; playing well with others, including others in play. 

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

Empathy can be easy peasy! 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 and share in the fun.Mops and Ollie are fast friends - until Mops stops playing with his pal and turns instead to his electronic device. Will this new diversion come between them? In another short, Tip the Mouse has a cool new telescope to show Chipmunk Jody. But when Jody's playtime is focused with others, Tip announces "you're not my friend any more!"  Remembering to respect each other’s feelings and allow others in on the fun is the best game of all. Learn to share, as well as to understand and respect differences with the characters in these animated films!          

Sesame Workshop: "New Friends" (Canada)
Sharing (USA)
Tip the Mouse: "You're Not My Friend Any More" (Italy/Germany)
Strange Encounters of the Friendly Kind: "Spiky Ones" (Germany)
Don't Give Up (USA)
Zebra (Germany)
Black Sheep (Croatia)
Lambs (Germany)
Fitting In (Canada)
Diversity (USA)
Mops & Ollie (USA)
Mouse for Sale (Belgium)
Molly Monster: "New Toy" (Germany)
Meatballs and the Sorry Bullies (Sweden)



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

World language films are 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, customs); empathy; what is a bully bystander; social bullying (being excluded); 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)

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. 

Left Out (USA)
Mouse for Sale (Belgium)
Macropolis (Northern Ireland)
No, No, No! - The Hat (Finland)
Each Kindness (USA)
Play Lunch (Australia)
Gorilla (Finland)
Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners) (USA)
Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks (USA)

Anatole's Little Saucepan

Actions Speak Louder  Mature Themes

Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-11) 

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)

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, a kind lady reassures artist Anatole that his "disability" is anything but, with one quiet act of kindness. In the last film, African detective Sule teaches a girl to include the village's new boy, leading by example with one small act. The characters in these live-action and animated short films “step it up” and have a positive influence on others with their actions. 

Left Out (USA)
Eyes on the Stars (USA)
Zebra (Germany)
Pineapple Head (England)
In a Heartbeat (Iceland)
Anatole's Little Saucepan (France)
Strings (Mexico)
The Boy with Chocolate Fingers (England)
Be Good to Eddie Lee (USA)
Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks (USA)

Hear This!

Good Sports Profanity Mature Themes
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 responsiblity, stereotyping; conflict resolution; empathy; diversity; bully bystander; bully targets. Tolerance; Winning/Losing behaviors.

"Good Sports" - Program Description (PDF)

 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. 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.          

Soccer Scientists: "Fouls" (Germany)
The Basketball Game (Canada)
Number One (Germany)
Hear This! (Netherlands)
The Fight (Norway)
A Friendly Match (Germany)

Munya in Me

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

All world language films are 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 and Texts" - Program Description (PDF)   

Words can hurt as badly as blows. 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 another film, not only is Munya isolated as coming from another ethnic group, she is relentlessly teased for her size. Seeking inspiration from another adult outside the home provides her inspiration to stand up to bulllies, both in the neighborhood - and at home. 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. 

Tricks and Cllcks: "How to Handle Internet Bullying" (Germany)
Weekend Practice (Finland)
Munya in Me (Netherlands)
How to Surive Myself (Netherlands)

Weight of the World

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

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 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! 

Cairn (Norway)
The Weight of the World (USA)
The Turtle and the Nightingale (England)
A  Friendly Match (Germany) 

Beach Flags

No Labels, Please! Mature Themes

Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 6-9 (Ages 11-15) 

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. Importance for adult mentors for inspiration. 

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

What makes each character in these films different also makes them special. But appearances, body size, cultural backgrounds, and religions can be targets for being judged and bullied. In one film, the characters in a race reject a newcomer from the country, despite demonstrated ability. Will someone come forward and not remain a bully bystander?  In another film, not only is Munya teased for her immigrant ways, but her size. She seeks inspiration to break out of their preconceptions, finds it through her favorite hobby, and demonstrates to the gang once and for all that she owns her differences! In another film, (2015's "Best of the Fest") Anatole is rejected for his appearance and artistic ability, but the kindness of a new friend makes all the difference.

Scarves, Crosses, and Incense (Finland)
Anatole's Little Saucepan (France)
The Basketball Game (Canada)
Specky Four Eyes (France)
I am Round (Sweden)
Beach Flags (France)
Munya in Me (Netherlands)


Boldness Against Bullies Profanity Mature Themes
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 6-9 (Ages 11-15) 

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

Themes: Appearances can be deceiving, good choices, trust, strong identity vs group dynamics, role of individual,  don't be a bully bystander 

"Boldness Against Bullies" - Program Description  (PDF)

Bullies are often skilled at skirting authority to misbehave without consequences, but their power only lasts as long as no one is willing to stand up to them.Appearances and reality are not easy to sort out with classmates and neighbors - who's the real bully? However,  the characters in these short films make self-discoveries that lead them to good choices. In one film,  Emily has long thought of Rebecca as her pal, until pressured into participating in a classroom prank. Then, in the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated short, "The Dam Keeper", a new classmate seems to be a good friend to a little outsider in the community. In the last film, Munya is bullied not only by for her mother,but ceaselessly teased by the neighborhood toughs, as well. She learns that to receive respect from others she must stand up for herself. 

Appearance and Reality (Hungary)
Eleven (New Zealand)
No Fish Where to Go (Canada)
The Dam Keeper (USA)
Munya in Me (Netherlands)

Children of the Holocaust - Heinz
Paper State: Power and Prejudice Mature Themes 
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 9-12 (Ages 14-18) 

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

Themes: Political allegory: negative outcomes of dictatorship or bureaucracy; group identity and differences of gender, religion, culture, immigrant status; conflict resolution; problem solving

"Paper State: Power and Prejudice" - Program Description  (PDF)

Identity and the sense of place - where is home, in the heart or in the mind? In one film, just as Jewish teen Heinz has escaped Nazi Germany, he is interrred at a detention center in England - for being an "enemy alien"! In another film, four teens from Latin America tell their stories of their journeys to the US - and why immigration reform is a pressing issue. The characters and real-life teens in these short films face the challenges of life on their own, sometimes without the help of a parent.  Already on their own they show the meaning of true courage. 

Alpha Beta Complex (Canada)
Children of the Holocaust: Heinz' Story (England)
Bear Story (Chile)
No Fish Where to Go (Canada)
Beach Flags (France)
Paper State: Undocumented, Unafraid, Undeterred (USA)