Our Team

Reel 2 Real Festival Staff 2015

Executive Director: Venay Felton, Ed D
Festival Producer & Programmer:
Tammy Bannister
Program Associate:
Jessica Bradford
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
Workshop Mentors: Jessica Bradford, Jenna Brown, Elisa CheeChris Gilpin, Ewan Green, Flick Harrison, Scott Kiborn, Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty, Alex MacKenzie, Cindy Mochizuki, Lisa g Nielsen,  Moira Simpson, Chad Sorensen, Weronika Stepien, Ryder White
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 (alumni and Youth Jury alumi), Bonnie Spence (alumni), Eric Sanderson,  and Lucy Shen.

Board of Directors 2015 – 2016

Elin Anderson
Erin A. Brown-John
Marie-France Leroi
Hadas Levy
Michele Rechtman-Smolkin
Mayanka Sarin
Nicole Koller
Robyn Ludwig
Zoe Quinn

Program Advisors

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


Internal Affairs committee: Marie-France Leroi, Mayanka Sarin, Hadas Levy
External Affairs committee: Marie-France Leroi, Erin Brown-John
Screening committee: Erin Brown-John, Zoe Quinn, Michele Rechtman-Smolkin, Jenna Brown
Sponsorship committee: Robyn Ludwig, Nicole Koller

Adult Jury 2015

Gordon Thrift
Hilary Moses
Lantian Chen

Adult Jury – Youth Filmmakers Showcase 2015

Ann Marie Fleming
Shuana Jean Doherty
Tony Westman

R2R Youth Jury 2015

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 Youth Jury

Andrea Payne
Emma Everson
Emmet Preto
Evelyn Hussey
Iris Taylor
Jacob Everson
James Hughes
Janie Zhang
Madeleine Laidlaw
Natalya Patz Elliot
Nathaniel Letkeman
Noah Shenher
Rosemary Taylor
Ryden Kaye
Siri Morey
Stella Anderson
Terence Hurt
Thea McLaren
Wei-Ling Morris

Senior Youth Jury

Aaron Chan
Alison Wick
Conner Dwelly
Emiliano Urquiza Garcia
Jamen Kaye
Lauren McAuley
Maia Faifman
Natalia Urquiza Garcia
Siri Morey

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.