Summer Camps and Workshops

2017 Filmmaking Workshop for Aboriginal Youth (ages 18-24)

Facilitated by Eileen Francis and Lisa g Nielsen

July 20-28, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Amp, 425 Carrall Street and
National Film Board, 250 – 351 Abbott Street

Odessa Shuquaya, Sebnem Ozpeta, Lisa g Nielsen, and others (TBC)

Over 7 days, youth will work with professional filmmakers to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture. Youth will tell their stories using animation, video, and digital photography. Participants will learn to edit on the newest software Final Cut X. At the end of the camp there will be a celebration screening of the work, followed by Q&As and a feast.

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Previous years’ workshops

2015 Summer Animation Camp

AnimationStop-motion animation

There are countless ways to animate a story. The Summer Animation Camp provided participants with the opportunity to experiment with different forms of animation, including: cutout, clay, object, whiteboard and drawn animation, as well as pixilation.

Participants were able to choose which medium best enhanced their particular story, and worked together in pairs, or as a team, to create short films. At the end of the camp, there was a film screening, to which parents and friends were invited.

Who: Youth ages 12 and up
When: 9:00 AM-4:00 for 5 days: August 31 – September 4, 2015
Where:  VAFCS,  1607 East Hastings St, Room 004 (in the basement)
Instructors: Weronika Stepien and Ewan Green

Weronika Stepien is a Polish-American interdisciplinary artist who graduated from Emily Carr University’s Film and Video + Integrated Media program in 2009. Her artwork incorporates different forms of visual story telling and experiments in shape and movement. Her work has been shown in Chicago, Amsterdam, Germany, Singapore, and Vancouver. She has been teaching animation to children and young adults since 2008.

Ewan Green is an animator and artist currently based in Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art where he received a first in Animation in the School of Design. As of July 2013 he has been working on an online series going under the working title, ‘Runaways,’ while teaching workshops for children and youth. Feel free to ask him about cartoons, as he is a massive nerd.

See some of the films kids made at one of our workshops.

This summer camp was presented with the generous support or the British Columbia Arts Council, with assistance from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.



2014 Summer Filmmaking Workshop


R2R was pleased to partner with Cineworks in offering this Summer Workshop.

JULY 7-10 2014

A playful and engaging four-day workshop that invites local youth to explore analog filmmaking techniques and technologies. Using traditional 8mm cameras, students created short collaborative films that focused on neighborhood and family stories. The results were processed using eco-friendly ingredients and shared with the community at a free public screening. All supplies were provided. It was limited to 12 participants, ages 11 to 19. FREE.

WHEN: Monday, July 7 – Thursday, July 10
TIME: M/Tu/W/Th – 10AM – Noon
WHERE: Cineworks Annex 235 Alexander St.

Instructors Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo live and work in Los Angeles where they run the Echo Park Film Center. They travel the world, bringing handmade movies and music to the masses.


2011 Summer Film Course

During a two-week intensive summer course, filmmakers Elisa Chee, Doreen Manuel, Jackson Crick, Kamala Todd, Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, Rupinder Sidhu, and Ying Wang mentored three immigrant-Canadian and two Aboriginal-Canadian youth. These five students took part in an intensive digital filmmaking course from August 8-19, 2011 at the Pull Focus Film School in Vancouver. Students were taken through the steps of making a digital film from story idea and shooting to post-production.

The goal was to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities. This initiative brought the lives and concerns of new immigrant and Aboriginal youth into focus, a groundbreaking collaboration that enabled both groups to learn from each other’s cultures. This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Special thanks to our community partner Cinevolution, and to the Vancouver Dialogues Project for providing craft services.