New Outdoor Summer Film Series!

We are thrilled to announce that we’re launching an Outdoor Summer Film Series! Join us on Friday, July 13, at Ron Basford Park’s Amphitheatre (Granville Island), for a FREE screening of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

Inspired by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet is a wondrous and richly-animated adaptation of one of the most recognized and best-selling volumes of poetry of all time. A passion project of producer-actor Salma Hayek, the film’s animation team is headed by Roger Allers (The Lion King) and showcases the work of nine internationally acclaimed and independent animators. Find out more!

The film will start right after the sun sets (9:15 pm) and will be preceded by FREE animation workshops and VR demos by the NFB at Performance Works from 5-9 pm. See you at the movies!

Submissions for R2R 2019 are now open!

The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R) is an annual, competitive, international event presented by Reel to Real: A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society, a non-profit media arts and education society dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for children and youth.

R2R seeks films that are imaginative, evocative, innovative, inspiring and entertaining. We will accept feature-length dramas, shorts, documentaries, and animated films and videos. Check our Guidelines & Regulations!

That’s the wrap!

Thanks to everyone who came to our 2018 festival to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us! We had a week of inspiring films, thought-provoking discussions, hands-on workshops, immersive virtual reality and all kinds of FUN! That’s not all though, stay tuned throughout the year to see how else we plan to celebrate our 20th with you!


2018 Awards

Youth Jury Awards
Best Picture (ages 9+): Earth: One Amazing Day 
Best Picture (ages 13+): Speak Up 

Most Innovative Short Film
(ages 9+): How to Make Hamburgers
Most Innovative Short Film
(ages 13+): “The Talk” True Stories About the Birds & the Bees

Most Inspirational Short Film
(ages 9+): In a Heartbeat
Most Inspirational Short Film
(ages 13+): Morit Elena Morit

Honourable Mentions
Most Inspirational & Innovative (ages 9+): Mountain of SGaana
Most Inspirational (13+): In a Heartbeat

National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short: Birdlime

Adult Jury Awards
Best Picture: Treasures

Edith Lando Peace Prize for the film that “best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace” $500 Cash Award: Speak Up 


Make a Film in a Weekend! — Prince George, BC

August 18-20, 2017

During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Patrick Shannon, and assisted by emerging filmmaker Kellen Jackson. Check out the films!


Make a Film in a Weekend! — Fort McMurray, AB

August 25-27, 2017

During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Arun Fryer, and assisted by emerging filmmaker Kellen Jackson. Check out the films!



Internship Opportunity at R2R!

We are looking for a Programming Assistant! This is a 10-month paid internship, from October 2018 to July 2019. This is a great opportunity for an early-career professional to get hands-on experience with festival planning and implementation, as well as exposure to the local arts community. The intern will broaden their knowledge of contemporary international film styles and trends. This can also be a great networking opportunity and valuable experience for aspiring filmmakers. Deadline to apply is June 14. Find out more!


Ongoing Activities

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

Youth Jury Program

If you love watching movies, then we need you!

The Youth Jury Program aims to foster a deeper appreciation for independent film from Canada and around the globe. This innovative program begins in January with a free workshop in film criticism. A challenging and interactive experience, students sharpen their critical eye, gain appreciation for different genres, and learn what makes a film great.

In February 2019, two youth juries of up to twenty-five young people are formed to evaluate short films in their age category and to choose the award winners. During the Festival, these juries attend the feature films in competition and choose the award winners. Click here to find out more!