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Utah Film Center’s Media Education programs promote arts education by introducing teachers and students to the transformational power of film and filmmaking in the classroom. The twelfth grade resources below are free and include film screenings, workshops, professional development, field trips, and lessons while supporting the core curriculum requirements for arts education in the state of Utah.

Feature-length Films With Study Guides


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


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


A social worker works to share their important discovery – that listening to music can unlock the memories of people …


A young man from Pennsylvania decides to change his life after he visits an HIV orphanage in India.


Making the case that the obesity epidemic in America’s children isn’t due to lack of exercise, but to excessive sugar …


Explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student murdered in Laramie, WY.


The Anthropologist tells the parallel stories of famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying …


Follow four young men as they attempt to prove the value of mustang horses by riding them from Mexico to …

Short Films with Study Guides

A Beach of Our Own

A Beachfront Haven for African American Families In the 1930s, bought plots for themselves in Sag Harbor, establishing a close-knit …

A Conversation About Growing Up Black

In this short documentary, young black men explain the particular challenges they face growing up in America.

Amazing Things Happen

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

Beloved Community Project

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

Gold Token

“Gold Token” is an experimental musical poem that explores Black ancestry, culture, and cyclical growing pains.

Good Morning Peyton

This short documentary is the story of Peyton, an 11-year-old boy with an extremely rare and life-threatening disease called Xeroderma …

In a Heartbeat

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

In the Invisible

In The Visible, a short film by Director Natasha Lee and Producer Lucia Tran, dismantles Asian American stereotypes and the …


This film follows the life journey of Ingrid Silva from the slums of Rio to the professional Ballet stage of …

Iron Hands

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


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


Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii and …

My Moon

A relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun.


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

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

The Present

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

The Silent Child

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

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

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air

Nearly half of all Americans still live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, particularly those in poorer communities. …

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Filmmaking for Schools and Families (English)

This recorded workshop teaches families how to get started with the basic concepts to make a great small film.

Filmmaking for Schools and Families (Spanish)

Este taller grabado enseña a las familias cómo iniciarse en los conceptos básicos para hacer una pequeña gran película.

History Through Film

Learning Objective: Students will be able to evaluate films as a primary source with their reflection on the society in …

Stop Motion Applications: History Day Project

Learning Objective: Students will use stop motion animation techniques – such as composition, movement, and editing – to create a …

Stop Motion Applications: Science Project

Learning Objective: Students will use stop motion animation techniques – such as composition, movement, and editing – to create an …

Classroom Workshops for Students

For grades 3-12
Learn the basics of storytelling in the movies, and the tools and techniques to write a story for the screen.
This workshop is available both virtually and in-person.
The in-person option is available to the Alpine, Canyons, Davis, Emery, Grand, Granite, Jordan, Juab, Millard, Murray, Nebo, North Sanpete, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake, Sevier, South Summit, Tintic, Tooele, and Wasatch school districts. For school districts outside of this list, please book by special request via email.
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