Submissions for the Youth Filmmakers Showcase are OPEN!

Are you a filmmaker or aspiring filmmaker? This is your chance to show us what you can do with a camera, your imagination and maybe a little help from your friends. Submissions are open until January 29, 2018. Find out more!

The Youth Filmmakers Showcase (YFS) is a curated program which brings together the best film and video made by youth in grades five to twelve from across British Columbia. YFS is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to screen their films in front of a live audience, and have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other filmmakers and professionals.

Past Activities

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!


R2R 2017: Award Winners

Youth Jury Awards

Best Picture (ages 9+): Heidi
Best Picture (ages 13+): The Sun At Midnight

Most Innovative Short Film
(ages 9+): Stems
Most Innovative Short Film
(ages 13+): Totems

Most Inspirational Short Film
(ages 9+): Fulfilament
Most Inspirational Short Film
(ages 13+): Fears

National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short:
I Am Here

Adult Jury Awards

Best Picture: Heidi
Edith Lando Peace Prize 
for the film that best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace: Play Your Gender

Upcoming Activities

Play Your Gender

Sunday, January 28, 1:00 PM
Rio Theatre
Tickets available here!
In advance: Kids $8 / Adults $10
At the door: Kids $8 / Adults $12

Women account for less than 5% of producers and engineers, even though many of the most bankable stars in the industry are female. While celebrating women’s achievements, director Stephanie Clattenburg and musician Kinnie Starr take us on a quest to understand how it came to be that the gendered authorship gap exists. These candid and insightful discussions, with some of Canada’s best-known artists, will have you drumming along in your seat and leave you inspired to follow your art. Check out the trailer!

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


2018 Youth Jury Program

If you love watching movies, then we need you!

The Youth Jury program begins with a FREE Film Criticism workshop on Sunday, January 28, followed by the screening of the award-winning film Brothers of the Wind. During this 60 minute workshop, participants will sharpen their critical eye, gain an appreciation for film, and learn what makes a film great!

Film Criticism Workshop
Sunday, January 28, 11:30 AM
“Community Stage” at the Vancity Community Branch, 1675 Commercial Drive (at 1st Ave)

In February, 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!


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