BC Stories

BC Stories

Empowers youth to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short animated films that speak about their lives and their community. Films are listed alphabetically by location. [read more]


“Global Problems” – Blueridge Elementary (February 7, 2017)

This short was done by students at Blueridge Elementary and at the Museum of Vancouver. The students created their own story on the subject of Global Warming. A short animation demonstration followed that taught them how to do cut out animation. The sound was recorded separately after groups had completed their second scene.

Documenting Youth Activism – Lord Roberts Elementary

This video was created by Grade 7 students at Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC as part of the Documenting Youth Activism Project. Working with two professional filmmakers, students had the opportunity to write, direct and produce short documentary films about youth activism. Students interviewed youth activists at their local high school and were involved in all aspects of production: storyboarding, camera-work, sound, and editing. Documenting Youth Activism was made possible with the generous support of the Telus Community Board in Vancouver.

Alert Bay

Alert Bay is 350 km and a forty-minute ferry ride north of Nanaimo. The town’s main street has some of the best whale watching in the world. Its long ocean-side walkway passes old pastel houses, totem poles set in the grassy Namgis burial grounds, and the renowned U’Mista Cultural Centre with its display of Kwakwaka’wakw masks. The T’lisalagi’lakw School is a short walk up hill from the U’Mista Cultural Centre.

“The Unexpected Hero” was animated by Mrs. Dawson’s Grade 4 class. “Bajoolahoop” was animated by Mr. Kalnay’s Grade 7 class.


Duncan is a city on southern Vancouver Island. Students at a summer camp created “Cowichan Pride,” which provides a birds-eye view of the community and its activities, including a memorial service, a pow wow, and a soccer game.

Gold River

Gold River is located in central Vancouver Island 90 kilometers west of Campbell River. This area is the traditional territory of the Mowachaht and Muchalaht people of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. Students from the Ray Watkins Elementary School and Gold River Secondary School created these videos about Luna, inspired by the film “Luna: Spirit of the Whale.”


Masset is a village in the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), located on the northern coast of Graham Island. Students in Grades 5, 6 and 7 at Tahayghen Elementary School and the George M. Dawson Secondary School created these videos with the help of their Haida Language teacher and elders.


Penticton is a city in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Artists in residence at the En’owkin Centre created these videos.

Seabird Island

Seabird Island is 120 kilometers  east of Vancouver, near Agassiz, in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. Sq’éweqel is a village at the northern tip of Seabird Island. The name is Halq’emeylem for “turn of the river.”


Sechelt is located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The town takes its name from the Coast Salish people, who first settled the area thousands of years ago, and means “land between two waters.”  The animation is created by children in Kindergarten through Grade 4 in the SPIDER Homeschool group (Students Participating In Distance Education Resources).


Skidegate is located on Skidegate Inlet on the southern point of Graham Island. Students in Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 at Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School created these videos.


Squamish, which means “Birthplace of the Winds” in the Coast Salish language, is located at the head of Howe Sound, 60 km north of Vancouver. Grade 3 and Grade 7 students at Squamish Elementary School created these videos.


Maple Grove Elementary


Winter Wonderfest

Over two days, students conceived, planned, shot, and edited shorts animated films that focused on the language, activities, and enjoyment of winter in Vancouver.


Zeballos is a village on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Grade 7 students at Zeballos Elementary School created “The Nootka and Captain Cook” about the first cultural exchange between Europeans and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht people. Grade 8-12 students created “Anytown, BC.”