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 Junior Jury 2016 Senior Jury
2017 Youth Jury
WE HAVE TWO YOUTH JURIES:
Junior Jury: Participants who are in Grades 5-7
Senior Jury: Participants who are in Grades 8-12
AS A JURY MEMBER, YOU WILL:
• 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.
AS A JURY MEMBER, YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE:
• 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
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.