R2R Film Festival | April 2-8, 2017


Visit our 2017 Program website to find out what we have prepared for you! We have fantastic features, including West Coast and Canadian premieres, fabulous guests in attendance, inspiring short film programs and a thought-provoking Youth Media Conference & Expo!

R2R 2017: Program Highlights

Join us for a fun and inspirational week of films and workshops! Check out our programs!

Sunday Fun Day!

This is an opportunity for the whole family to see an amazing selection of films from around the world. Come early and enjoy our all-you-can-eat breakfast of homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon. We’ll also have juice, and gallons of hot coffee for the grown-ups. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Opening Night Film & Gala

Join us for the Vancouver premier of The Sun At Midnight. Lia, a 16 year-old artsy city kid, is sent to live with her Gwich’in grandmother in the Northwest Territories. Desperate to return to the urban centre, she sets out into the vast wilderness. This is the first film to feature Gwich’in land, people, and values. Filmmakers living in the Northwest Territories developed the film in collaboration with the Gwich’in Tribal Council.

Reel Focus

Students in grades 4-7 attend a short film program and a workshop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. The day starts at 9:45 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. We have five inspiring film programs to choose from: Indigenous Spotlight, Animation Without Hesitation, Young&Elder, Doc Day and A Voice/An Impact.

Feature Focus

These weekday matinee screenings of thought-provoking films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, producers and actors for discussion about content, message and aesthetic. Join us on Tuesday, April 4th for the screening of Two Worlds and on Wednesday, April 5th for the screenings of Heidi and Brothers of the Wind!

Talent Lab

Talent Lab is an excellent opportunity for youth to develop media literacy, cultural awareness, and global understanding. Viewing guides are provided to all participating teachers, offering useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program’s content into the classroom. Join us on Tuesday, April 4th for the screenings of Two Worlds and The Sun At Midnight!

Youth Media Conference & Expo

The 4th annual R2R Youth Media Conference is designed to inspire young people to become creators, and will equip them with the tools to engage in constructive critique. This year we have a focus on ‘Women in Media’. This program includes a digital literacy panel, interactive presentations, our annual career fair, a program of short films, and the presentation of youth-made films.

Youth Filmmakers Showcase

Films made by youth highlight the quality of emerging talent in BC. Ranging from the political to the personal, these films speak to the technical abilities and storytelling skills of the young directors, editors, actors, and the camera, lighting, VFX and sound designers of tomorrow.

Films For All Ages

A hand-picked selection of feature films that are sure to please cinephiles of all ages. Join us for the screenings of Pat & Mat (ages 5+), Brothers of the Wind (ages 10+), Heidi (ages 9+) and Polina (ages 14+).

Closing Night Film

The Festival closes with the West Coast premier of the wonderful French film Louise by the Shore. Jean-François Laguionie’s inspired hand-drawn animations have been painstakingly rendered, frame by frame, to capture the beach-town’s pastel hues and moody blues — a reflection of Louise’s inner experience as she ruminates on her curious teenage escapades and childhood adventures. Louise’s vigor for life, gentleness, and endearing idiosyncrasies make for a captivating, minimal portrait of a woman who is literally and figuratively at one with herself.

Upcoming Screenings

Director: Alfredo Soderguit
Uruguay, Colombia | 2013 | 80 min
In Spanish with English subtitles*

Anina Yatay Salas is a ten-year-old whose name spells trouble: those three palindromes in a row are an ongoing source of teasing at school. When a playground fight results in mysterious punishment, Anina will learn to put her problems in perspective and empathize with others in this sweet little daydream of a tale.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

*A limited number of headsets through Vocal Eye are available for those who would prefer to have subtitles read aloud by an experienced reader.

Sunday, March 5, 2:00PM
The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway
Tickets: $12 adults,  $8 children 

Presented by the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Kids Culture Film Series with the support of The Georgia Straight.


Animating History


A day-long workshop in film animation!

Animating History is an innovative hands-on workshop that connects media literacy and storytelling through the creative exploration of BC history. During the workshop, youth create a 1-2 minute animated film retelling a piece of local history. Students work cooperatively with a professional animator and museum interpreter to experience BC history and the stop-motion animation process.

This project-based learning experience integrates all areas of the curriculum, helping students to develop skills in such areas as teamwork, communication, and cooperation. Find out more!

Where & When:

Museum of Vancouver
Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Port Moody Station Museum
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Richmond Museum
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm