Films for young people

Short film content organized by grade level - scroll down for more!


Pre-K through 3rd grade - short environmental films!

127 Marine Conservation Zones

Producer: by Chris Smyth

127 is an important number for marine life in the English Seas.

Tiger Talk

Producer: Ravi Prakash, Ashutosh Joshi
A tiger tells us his story.

Hummingbird [excerpt from dirt! THE MOVIE]

Produced by:Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, & Eleonore Dailly
Wangari Maathai shares a simple story to illustrate a powerful point.

My trip to Catalina Island

Producer: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Slater journeys to Catalina Island to interview her Environmental Hero Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Losing Nemo

Producer: Produced by: TÃnde Vollenbroek / Directed by: Douwe van der Werf
Most people are aware that the oceans aren't doing so well, but what is going on exactly?

Heartbeat of the Earth

Producer: The Dreamteam
The Earth needs us and we need the Earth.

Mouk - The Cloud Catcher

Producer: François Narboux and Millimages
Mouk and Chavapa are in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Part of a series produced by Millimages.

Save Kipper

Producer: Marcos Davalos / Directed by Rufus Lusk
William Shatner asks you to save Kipper and protect the Bering Sea.

The Plastic Perils of The Pacific

Producer: Brandon and Carlene Strathmann
Pollution is not a species-specific problem.

More Pre-K - 3rd grade appropriate films

Mr. Blue Sky

Producer: Michael Patterson & Candace Reckinger - Song by ELO
An imaginative interpretation of the ELO song Mr. Blue Sky.

Wonderful World

Producer: Charlotte Dolman
A year in a day.

The Chameleon's True Colors

Producer: Carolyn Downie
A colorful chameleon learns to be himself in a fun song that celebrates diversity, individuality and friendship.

Mig Said Series: Lets be Friends

Producer: Mig Jou
Sometimes we all find friends in unlikely places.

Red Bird Saves Corn

Producer: Larissa Luther, Taylor Long, Makyla Allison
Traditional Navajo Spider Woman story retold through Lightbox Animation.

A Girl Named Elastika

Producer: Guillaume Blanchet

Elastika is not like any other little girl.

The Lion At Home

Producer: Year 4 Pupils at Bricknell School, Hull
A little lion cub falls out of a painting in a museum.

Picture the World

Producer: The Dreamteam
Picture A World of Peace

Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: Laguna Beach Tidepools

Producer: The MY HERO Project
The Laguna Ocean Foundation has been instrumental in informing the public about the precious natural resource of tidepool ecosystems.

Films for 4 - 6 Graders

Composition For Sustained Rain

Producer: Groupo Humus from ARGENTINA
The leaks of a house become the perfect excuse for an aquatic symphony.


Producer: Ryan Coogler
A touching story that reminds us not to be limited by preconceived notions.

Our Oceans Narrated by Sylvia Earle

Producer: Jo Priest
A film about the importance of protecting the blue heart of our planet; our oceans.

The Last Straw

Lynne Cherry
Nine-year-old Milo Cress is concerned about the millions of straws that pollute waterways, waste fossil-fuel resource and harm ocean creatures. With the help of some friends, he convinces restaurants to “go straw-free”. Milo then takes the fight all the way to Capitol Hill.

Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill

Producer: Lynne Cherry
Young Olivia loves birds, and creates over 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue.

Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: Nancy Caruso

Producer: The MY HERO Project
Nancy Caruso aka "The Kelp Lady" has worked hard to restore the kelp off of the shores of Orange County.


Producer: Logan Cascia - Music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Tommy Carroll Dreams, Believes, and Achieves in this heartwarming, documentary-adapted music video. Music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Sports Illustrated Kids of the Year

Producer: Ian Orefice
Highlighting the amazing brothers Conner and Cayden Long.

Jenny Brown - Producer/Editor
Ian Orefice - Executive Producer
Jack Schurman - Director of Photography
Luke Schurman - Audio Engineer

Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Producer: Pacific Marine Mammal Center
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center helps rehabilitate injured sealions found off of the Pacific Coast sends them back into the wild healthy and free.

Select winning films from the MY HERO International Film Festival

Still I Rise

Gabriel Diamond, Patrick Barnes, Phil Collis
A visual and musical interpretation of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem "Still I Rise."

Gwala Rising in the Bwanabwana Islands

Produced by:Whitney Yadao-Evans, Niquole Esters, and Jennifer Shoemaker
Gwala Rising in the Bwanabwana Islands depicts the revitalization of traditional conservation practices in the islands of Papua New Guinea.

Vulnerable Rally | Rise

Gabriel Diamond & Candice Holdorf
Vulnerable Rally is the backdrop of Mikey Pauker’s, RISE, which too is rallying cry for its listeners to rise up both in strength and in vulnerability.

Gray Areas

Produced by:Cheri Gaulke, Jackson Kroopf, and Alethea Paradis
Two U.S. teens travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to explore the gray areas of governmental policies and human experience in this contested region.

Hoodies Up

Tosha Kwngano, Johan Amani, Lisa Amani, Kristen Mico
Students throw their hoods up, create art and make a statement.

Laguna Beach Police Anti-Bullying Campaign Featuring Tony Hawk

Produced by:LBPD Social Media Team
Laguna Beach PD's Anti-Bullying Campaign featuring Tony Hawk and Captain Jeff Calvert.

Kayla Briet - SIZZLE

Produced by:Kayla Briët
Kayla is a multi-talented young artist who creates and shares inspirational soul-quenching media.

Playas de Tijuana

Sophie Kim
An inspiring poem about the border fence that meets the sea, where names become prayers and where “the worst place to be is here and not there.”

Amai & Sadako's Prayer

Produced by:ANT Hiroshima
Amai the bird of light takes her friends on an exciting adventure where they learn about Hope, forgiveness and peace.

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Organizer created on 8/20/2015 4:12:08 PM by Wendy Milette

Last edited 8/24/2021 3:19:01 PM by Laura Nietzer