R2R Film Festival | April 4-11, 2014

The 16th edition of the festival wrapped up at the Vancity Theatre on April 10.

Congratulations to the 2014 award winners:
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages nine and up): Felix
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13 and up): Approved for Adoption
Adult Jury Award for Best Picture: Approved for Adoption
Edith Lando Peace Prize for the film that best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace: Regret!
Special Youth Jury Award:
 We Don’t Wanna Make You Dance
Special Youth Jury Award
: Shana: The Wolf’s Music

Short film prizes
Youth Jury Award for Most Innovative Short Film
(ages 9+): A Girl Named Elastika
Youth Jury Award for Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): 
Silent Voices
Youth Jury Award for Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): 
Youth Jury Award for Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+)
: Snowflake

Youth Filmmakers Showcase
View winning films here

Congratulations to all of our participating filmmakers, and a big thank you to our fantastic sponsors, partners, volunteers, guests and enthusiastic audience members for making the 2014 Festival such a success!

View the full festival line-up here.

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Talent Lab
This is an excellent fieldtrip opportunity for youth to learn about films and cultures from around the world. These weekday matinee screenings of award-winning feature films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, discussant or Festival Director.  All films are accompanied by a study guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. There are grade recommendations for each film. The Talent Lab program includes the option of attending the How to Make an Animated GIF workshop. The workshop is available to school groups and home-learners by pre-registration.
Download Talent Lab flyer here.

Youth Media Conference & Showcase
A day-long conference of screenings, interactive presentations, and activities for high school students, the Youth Media Conference inspires and equips students to explore, appreciate, analyze, create and share screen media. The conference will promote youth participation and representation in the media as a way to build community strength, encourage dialogue, and empower youth to be creative and innovative.
Download the Youth Media Conference flyer here.

Reel Focus
During Reel Focus, Grade 4-7 classes attend a short film program and a workshop.  The day starts at 9:45 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. Experience the best in new short cinema from around the world. Films include animation, short drama, comedy and documentary, and deal with themes ranging from creativity to friendship and social justice. Screenings are followed by a Q&A session with some of the directors in attendance.
Download the Reel Focus flyer here.

Upcoming Screenings

Reel 2 Real is also pleased to partner with the Kids Culture Film Series for the Canadian Premiere of

My Avatar Horse

DIRS: Hou Keming, Liu Shen
China / 2012 / 95 min
In Mandarin w/English subtitles
*subtitles will be read aloud by a professional reader*
A Mongolian boy named Husile and his white horse Chagan are inseparable. In the prairie where they live, there is a legend about a shrine, protected by the avatar horse. One day, Husile meets three wise men who come from afar in search of the avatar horse. They are convinced that Changan is the one they are looking for, and they make the promise that a year later they will return to perform a reincarnation ceremony. Husile’s father dismisses the story as just a child’s tale, and decides to move his family to the city and sell Chagan. In order to keep him, Husile and his friends must launch an ingenious and adventurous rescue operation. Rated: G – recommended for ages 7+

Sunday, March 9, 2:00 pm
The Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
Tickets: $9 adults, $6 children 12 and under

Net proceeds support Queen Victoria Annex and Laura Secord Elementary School.

Presented with the support of The Georgia Straight.