R2R Youth & Adult Juries and Awards

The Youth Jury Program aims to foster a deeper appreciation for independent film from Canada and around the globe. This innovative program begins in January with a free workshop in film criticism. A challenging and interactive experience, students sharpen their critical eye, gain appreciation for different genres, and learn what makes a film great.

Beginning in February, two youth juries of up to fifteen young people are formed to evaluate short films in their age category and to choose the award winners. During the Festival, these juries attend the feature films in competition and choose the award winners.

The 2017 screening schedule is as follows:

Dates: Sunday, February 5, 12, 19, & 26


Junior Jury (Grades 5-7): 12:00-2:15 pm
Senior Jury (Grades 8-12): 2:45-5:00 pm

Location: 23 West Pender Street.

We will meet you at the entrance to the parking lot and direct you to the building entrance. The screening room is in Unit 90 on the Mezzanine.

Feature film screenings will take place at the Vancity Theatre during the festival (April 2-8), as follows:

Junior Jury

Two Worlds (65 min) Sun, April 2 5:00 PM (followed by the Opening Night Party)
Brothers of the Wind (98 min) Sat, April 8, 11:45 AM
Heidi (111 min) Sat, April 8, 2:00 PM. The Jury deliberation will take place from 4-5:00 PM

Senior Jury

The Sun At Midnight (93 min) Sun, April 2, 4:30 PM (followed by the Opening Night Party)
Play Your Gender (72 min) Thurs, April 6, 6:30 PM
Considering Love & Other Magic (93 min) Fri, April 7, 5:30 PM. The Jury deliberation will take place from 7-8:00 PM.

Both juries will attend the Award Presentation on Saturday, April 8, 6:30-7:00 PM
Please stay for the Closing Night Film, Louise by the Shore at 7:00 PM

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                       2016 Junior Jury                                                  2016 Senior Jury

2017 Youth Jury

Junior Jury: Participants who are in Grades 5-7
Senior Jury: Participants who are in Grades 8-12

• Attend the Reel 2 Real with free admission to the films your jury will judge;
• Watch the films in special jury seats; and
• Choose a winning film and provide reasons for your choice.

• To attend every screening as per the schedule provided;
• To come to a firm and fair decision in full co-operation with other jury members;
• To represent the Festival professionally in any media appearances; and
• To have fun!

What jurors say about the youth jury experience

We had a great time and the experience was unique and fun. I learned how to analyze films in a thorough, in-depth manner that now makes watching films even more enjoyable. The jurors and organizers were unbelievably devoted and creative and I hope to be part of their jury next year! –  Sophia Negrabee

Thank you so much for this amazing experience! I will definitely want to be on the senior jury next year. I had so much fun learning about film critique and giving out the awards. – Will Honcharuk

2016 Youth Jury Awards

Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 9+): How to Steal a Dog
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13+): Hördur – Between Worlds

Most Innovative Short Film (ages 9+): Lila
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): Opossum

Honorable Mention for Most Innovative Short Film (all ages): Junk
Honorable Mention for Most Innovative Short Film (9+): Mr. Violet

Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): I’ve Just Had a Dream
Honorable Mention for Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): Dreaming of Peggy Lee
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+): Kuma Hina: A Place in the Middle

National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short: The Story of Percival Pilts

Adult Jury Award for Best Picture: Phantom Boy
Edith Lando Peace Prize 
for the film that best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace: Hördur – Between Worlds


For a complete list of previous winners, check out our Awards Archive.