Who is the audience? Youth between the ages of 6 and 19 can enjoy Reel 2 Real with their families, caregivers, and teachers.

How will you handle subtitles for young viewers? To enhance our very young viewers’ appreciation of foreign-language movies, we provide the unique service of having actors read subtitles to the audience. This is practiced at many other festivals around the world and has proven to be very successful.  Subtitles will be read at select screenings, especially films for a younger audience. Please refer to individual film listings on the website and program guide.

Dates + Venues: The 2019 R2R Festival will take place April 7-13 at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre.

Age recommendations for films are provided as guidelines. Specific information about content is provided when you click on the title of each feature film or short film program. You can use that information to decide whether a film is a good fit your family.

BOX OFFICE – How do I get a ticket? School groups can make reservations beginning in January 2019. For information on the school program, contact our Festival Coordinator at education@r2rfestival.org. Tickets can also be purchased online, at the theatre on the day of the screening, or by mail. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Is seating in the theatres assigned? Seating in the theatres is by general admission. Larger groups may request to reserve rows with advanced notice and we will do our best to accommodate those requests.

Why was Reel 2 Real chosen for the name? The name Reel 2 Real was chosen because we believe film viewing is an active experience. After screenings, youth are engaged in hands-on filmmaking activities and discussions with film directors. These interactive experiences enrich Festival audiences with critical viewing skills and a “behind-the-scenes” understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking. Our Youth Advisory Board chose the name.

Who programs Reel 2 Real? Tammy Bannister is the Director of Programming. She works with a selection committee composed of parents, educators, filmmakers, Program Advisors and a Youth Advisory Board.

What kind of films are selected? We select both Canadian and international films, including live-action dramas, documentaries and animated features and shorts. The films must be of high quality and entertaining to a youth audience.

What ages will the films be appropriate for? Our weekend Films for All Ages Program is aimed at 6-19 year-olds. Age recommendations are in our program guide. The School Program is for students in Grades 2-12.

How will I know which films are appropriate? Beside each film is indicated the age group or grade level for which the film is intended. In addition, all films are classified.

Do you need volunteers?
Yes. For more information about volunteering, please click here.

The Reel to Real Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society is a non-profit registered charity in the province of British Columbia. The Festival is supported by funding from individuals, government, foundations and corporate sponsors. Registered Charitable Number 88041 8702 RR 0001.