R2R Youth & Adult Juries and Awards


Join the 2019 Youth Jury
If you love watching movies, then we need you!

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 Film Criticism workshop on Sunday, January 27, 2019, from 1:00- 2:15. During this 75 minute workshop, participants will sharpen their critical eye, gain an appreciation for film, and learn what makes a film great! The workshop is optional, but highly recommended to gain the most from your time as a juror.

The Youth Jury screenings take place beginning in February. A Junior and Senior Jury of fifteen young people each will evaluate short films in their age category and to choose the award winners. The location for the workshop and short film screenings is 23 West Pender Street (opposite the north east entrance to International Village, beside the Chinatown gate).

In the new year jurors will meet February 3, 17, 24, and March 3, as follows:
Junior Jury (Grades 5-7): 12:00-2:15 pm
Senior Jury (Grades 8-12): 2:45-5:00 pm

During the Festival (April 7-13, 2019) members of the Junior Jury and Senior Jury will attend in theatre screenings of the feature films in competition and choose the award winners. Most jury screenings will be held on the weekends at the Vancity Theatre or the Roundhouse Community Centre.

• Attend the Reel 2 Real Film Festival with free admission to the films your jury will judge;
• Watch the films in special jury seats
• 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!


                       2018 Junior Jury                                    2018 Senior Jury

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


2018 Youth Jury Awards

Best Picture (ages 9+): Earth: One Amazing Day 
Best Picture (ages 13+): Speak Up 

Most Innovative Short Film (ages 9+): How to Make Hamburgers
Most Innovative Short Film
 (ages 13+): “The Talk” True Stories About the Birds & the Bees

Most Inspirational Short Film
 (ages 9+): In a Heartbeat
Most Inspirational Short Film
 (ages 13+): Morit Elena Morit

Honorable Mentions
Most Inspirational & Innovative (ages 9+): Mountain of SGaana
Most Inspirational (13+): In a Heartbeat

National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short: Birdlime

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