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 twenty-five 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.

2016 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!


Short film screenings (prior to the Festival):

Sunday, February 7, 13, 21, & 28 at 23 West Pender Street
Junior Jury: 12:00-2:15 pm
Senior Jury: 2:45-5:00 pm

NOTE: Due to the Chinese New Year Parade we have changed the meeting on Sunday, February 14, to SATURDAY February 13.  Screening times and location remain the same, but jury should plan to attend on Saturday not Sunday.  Our office is on the parade route and we expect it’ll be difficult to come into the area on that day. Be aware that it will also be busy on Saturday, but hopefully more manageable.

Jury screenings prior to the festival will take place at 23 West Pender Street – R2R’s office. Please enter through the parking lot at the rear of the building. Buzz in to open the door to the parking lot, then buzz in again to enter the building through the service entrance. The screening room is in Unit 90 on the Mezzanine level. Someone will greet you outside the parking lot gate. 

Feature film screenings (during the Festival):

Friday, April 8, 6:30 pm – Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Screening (TBA)

Saturday April 9  – Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Screening(s) (TBA)
Jury deliberation (TBA)

Sunday April 10 (possible screening) – Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Screening (TBA –unconfirmed)
Jury deliberation (TBA –unconfirmed)

Thursday, April 14, 6:30 pm –  Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.
Awards Presentation – Junior and Senior Juries in attendance. We ask that all Jury members arrive early to rehearse.




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

2015 Youth Jury Awards

Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 9+): The Outlaw League (La Gang Hors-La-Loi)
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13+): All the Time in the World
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 9+): Nuts, Nothing and Nobody
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): Strings
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+): Alex
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): Sissy
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): Teenage Dance
National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short: Rabbit and Deer

2014 Youth Jury Awards

Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages nine and up): Felix
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13 and up): Approved for Adoption
Special Youth Jury Award:
 We Don’t Wanna Make You Dance
Special Youth Jury Award
: Shana: The Wolf’s Music
National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animation: The Missing Scarf
Youth Jury Award for Most Innovative Short Film (ages 9+): A Girl Named Elastika
Youth Jury Award for Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): 
Silent Voices
Youth Jury Award for Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): 
Youth Jury Award for Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+)
: Snowflake

Adult Jury Award for Best Picture: Approved for Adoption
Edith Lando Peace Prize for the film that best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace: Regret!

2013 Youth Jury Awards

Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages nine and up) – tied
Ernest & Célestine, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner
Alfie, The Little Werewolf, directed by Joram Lürsen

Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13 and up): Wunderkinder, directed by Marcus O. Rosenmüller
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 9+): Alimation, directed by Alexandre Dubosc
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): The Letter, directed by Angel Manuel Soto
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): Una Furtiva Lagrima, directed by Carlo Vogele
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+): Grandmothers, directed by Afarin Eghbal
National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short: My Strange Grandfather, directed by Dina Velikovskaya

Adult Jury Award for Best Picture: Ernest & Célestine, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner
Edith Lando Peace Prize: Ernest & Célestine, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner

2012 Youth Jury Awards

Most Innovative Short Film (ages 9+): A Tax on Bunny Rabbits, directed by Nathaniel Akin
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 9+): The Basketball Game, directed by Hart Snider
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): Luminaris, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramelia
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+): Parkdale, directed by Lisa Jackson
NFB Award for Best Animated Short: Wild Life, directed by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 9+): The Magicians, directed by Joram Lürsen
Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages 13+): Lost in Africa, directed by Vibeke Muasya

Adult Jury Award for Best Picture: Colorful, directed by Keiichi Hara
The Edith Lando Peace Prize: Colors of the Mountain, by Carlos César Arbeláez.
The Edith Lando Peace Prize offers a $500 cash award for the film that utilizes the power of the motion picture to further the goal of social justice and peace.

2011 Youth Jury Awards

Youth Jury Award for Best Picture (ages nine and up): Eep!, by Lemming Films (Netherlands)
Youth Jury Award for Best Documentary (ages 13 and up): The First Movie, directed by Mark Cousins (Canada/ United Kingdom/ Iraq)
National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Film (all ages): I Was the Child of Holocaust Survivors, directed by Ann Marie Fleming (Canada)
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 8+): Missile Crisis, directed by Jaye Davidson (United States)
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 8+): The Gidji, directed by Pat Herford (Australia)
Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+): Cry Rock, directed by Banchi Hanuse (Canada)
Most Innovative Short Film (ages 13+): The Formation of Clouds, directed by Marie-Hélène Turcotte (Canada)
Honorary Mention: Flawed, directed by Andrea Dorfman (Canada)

Adult Jury Award for Best Picture: 7, or Why I Exist, directed by Antje Starost, Hans Helmut Grotjahn (Germany)
Edith Lando Peace Prize: One Big Hapa Family, directed by Jeff Chiba Stearns (Canada)

The adult jury consisted of filmmaker Ileana Pietrobruno, elementary school teacher Jen Hong, and filmmaker and Emily Carr University of Art and Design student Ken Tsui.