Our Team

Reel 2 Real Festival Staff 2015

Executive Director: Venay Felton, Ed D
Festival Producer & Programmer:
Tammy Bannister
Program Associate:
Jessica Bradford
Director of Programming:
 Lisa g Nielsen
Programming Assistant:
Jenna Brown
Youth Media Expo Coordinator: Maria Cecilia Saba
Print & Web Design: Laurel Terlesky
Publicity and Marketing Manager: Helen Yagi
Box Office: Kaen Séguin
Print Traffic Coordinator: Kathy Evans
Study Guide Writers: Dan Blake, Henrik Meyer, Cynde Harmon
Workshop Mentors: Elisa Chee, Jeff Chiba Stearns Gordon CobbDebra Dawson, Chris Gilpin, Flick Harrison, Josh Hite, Lisa Jackson, Scott Kiborn, Jody Kramer Alex MacKenzie, Michael Mann, Cindy Mochizuki, Catrina Longmuir, Lisa g Nielsen, Bryan Nykon, Kryshan Randel, Moira Simpson, Chad Sorensen, Kamala Todd, Ying Wang
Guest Mentor: Mike Maryunik
Photographer: Tammy Bannister


Board of Directors, (left to right): Hadas Levy, Ingrid Putkonen, Marie-France Leroi, Venay Felton, Sophie Dempsey, Erin A. Brown-John, Thomas A. Falcone, Bonnie Spence, Eric Sanderson,  and Lucy Shen.

Board of Directors 2014-2015

Erin A. Brown-John
Sophie Dempsey
Marie-France Leroi
Hadas Levy
Robyn E. Ludwig
Zoe R. Quinn
Eric Sanderson

Program Advisors

Barb Cranmer, Filmmaker, Alert Bay, BC
Harry Killas, Associate Professor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Renate Zylla, Festival Agent, Berlin


Social Media coordinator:  Erin Brown-John
Jury coordinator: Marie-France Leroi
Screening committee: Erin Brown-John, Zoe Quinn,
Sponsorship committee: Robyn Ludwig, Ingrid Putkonen
Marketing & Outreach committee: Erin Brown-John, Marie-France Leroi, Hadas Levy

Adult Jury 2014

Colin Browne
Natty Boonmasiri
Laure Larpent

Adult Jury – Youth Filmmakers Showcase 2014

Brian Casilio
Kathleen Hepburn
Haydn Wazelle 

Reel Attitude Youth Jury 2013/2014

We wish to thank these talented young people who spent hours viewing film from around the world. Based on their careful consideration and thoughtful analysis, we have awarded the best films.

Junior Jury
Emmet Preto
Jamen Kaye
Janie Zhang
Liliana Levy-Gay
Lola Rabinovich
Madeleine Laidlaw
Rosemary Taylor
Ryden Kaye
Simon Rasmussen
Siri Morey

Senior Jury
Alison Wick
Conner Dwelly
emiliano urquiza
Evin Tomsu
Jessica Yang
Lauren McAuley
Sam Tuck
Will Honcharuk

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.