Submissions for the R2R Film Festival 2018 are now OPEN!

We are looking for films that are imaginative, innovative and entertaining, whether they are features or shorts, fiction or documentary. If you’ve made a film that will inspire youth ages 7+, we want to hear from you! You can submit your work online via FilmFreeway. Please make sure to read our Guidelines and Regulations before submitting!

Early Bird Deadline is August 4, 2017.
Regular Submission Deadline is August 18, 2017.
Late Submission Deadline is September 15, 2017.



Past Activities

R2R @ Surrey International Children’s Festival

Reel 2 Real was thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Surrey International Children’s Festival. From Thursday May 25 to Saturday May 27, kids ages 8+ enjoyed the Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity, where they learned the principles of stop-motion animation while creating fun-tastic short movies. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this activity, and to the City of Surrey for making this possible. We had a blast!

Check out the animations made by these young animators, and visit our Facebook page to see pictures of the event!


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

2017 Filmmaking Workshop for Aboriginal Youth

July 20-28, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Over 7 days, youth will work with professional filmmakers to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture. Youth will tell their stories using animation, video, and digital photography. Participants will learn to edit on the newest software Final Cut X. Lunch and snacks will be provided daily. At the end of the camp there will be a celebration screening of the work, followed by Q&As and a feast. Find out more!

To register:


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