No Bullies Allowed
$12 General Admission
These kids use their smarts and their compassion to defeat bullying in creative ways. From buzzing robot drones to daisy chains to introspection and friendship, the heroes in this program find opportunities to stand up for themselves and others, and in so doing teach us about how to make the world a kinder and more just place.
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(Peter Stanley-Ward, UK, live action, 2016, 15 min, in English) West coast premiere! Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship. Watch the trailer>
(Galvin Scott Davis, Australia, animated, 2015, 5 min, in English) A girl falls victim to nasty posts until her love of daisy chains helps bring kindness to the playground. Narrated by Kate Winslet.
Confessions of a Former Bully
(Lisa Cohen, US, live action, 2016, 15 min, in English) World premiere! Filmmaker in attendance! In this documentary, Natasha bravely reflects on how she used her popularity to punish a talented classmate as a distraction from her own insecurity.
Through the Trees
(Tamara Janke, The Netherlands, animated, 2016, 3 min, no dialogue) World premiere! Faced with the expectations of her domineering teacher, an aspiring artist finds her own way through the forest.
(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2016, 15 min, in Farsi with English subtitles) World premiere! Director in attendance! After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.
(Rochelle Rose, USA, live action, 2015, 11 min, in English) Seattle premiere! A boy with allergies and a passion for organic food finds an ally at a flavorless summer camp. Watch the trailer>
(Helen Flanagan, Ireland, live action, 2016, 12 min, in English) North American premiere! Ten-year-old Daithi is afflicted with a serious crush, but will his feelings get in the way of his loyalty to his best friend?
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Notes to parents: Several of the films contain mean and hurtful behavior that is addressed in a thoughtful, constructive way. “Litterbugs” contains some mild bad language. In “Super Chef,” a boy has an allergic reaction that includes throwing up. “The Debt”includes a kid who threatens to pull people’s teeth (but he doesn’t follow through!)