6th Grade Film Resources

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 sixth 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


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 …

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.

A Whale’s Tale

Under the sea a whale tries to help the smaller creatures who are struggling with plastic waste. On land a …

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 …


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

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 …

Hair Love

An animation that tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the …

In a Heartbeat

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


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 …

Let’s Eat

Let’s Eat follows the story of an immigrant mother and her daughter as they navigate through the beauty and challenges …

Lost & Found

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

My Moon

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

One Small Step

TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. …


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 …

self-paced learning

Become A Movie Critic

Learning Objective: Students will be able to analyze a film, and accurately give feedback on how they felt about the film …

Behind the Animation

This workshop goes behind the scenes of how characters are created for animated films.

Create Sound FX

Learning Objective: Students will learn how movie sound effects are made and the impact they have on the audience’s experience. …

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.

Origins of Animation

Learning Objective: Students will be able to define and understand the process of animating a scene by creating 2-3 of …

Production Design

Learning Objectives: Students will learn to evaluate and critically think about each element of a production set.  This Learn and …

Classroom Workshops for Students

For grades 3-6
Create a stop motion animation through demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage, and hands-on activities.
This workshop is ONLY offered in-person.
Open to Salt Lake, Murray, Granite, Jordan, and Canyons School Districts, in addition to Lehi and American Fork for Spring 2023.
For grades 3-6
Examine films with a critical lens through the basics of storytelling, genre, style, cinematography, production design, sound, and editing.
This workshop is available both virtually and in-person.
The in-person option is available to the Canyons, Jordan, Murray, and Salt Lake School Districts for Spring 2023, depending on school location.
For grades 4-12
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 Canyons, Jordan, Murray, and Salt Lake School Districts for Spring 2023, depending on school location.
For grades 3-6
Discover the process, creativity, and collaboration that goes into an animated film from the idea for the movie to the final film.
This workshop is ONLY offered virtually.
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