Summer Camps and Workshops

Make a Film in a Weekend! (ages 16-24) – Prince George, BC

Friday, August 186-9pm
Saturday, August 19, 11am-5pm
Sunday, August 20, 11am-5pm and 7-8:30pm

Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC

Jeff Chiba Stearns and Patrick Shannon

During this free workshop, award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Patrick Shannon will work with you to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit your own film in a weekend. You will also learn the basics of lighting, sound, and editing with Final Cut X. No previous experience is necessary. Lunches and snacks are included! There will be a screening of the finished films on Sunday evening – bring your friends and family!

To register:
Fill out this quick online registration and we will contact you shortly.

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker whose work has screened in hundreds of international film festivals. Patrick Shannon has a decade of experience working within the Vancouver film, television and design industries, and currently operates a multimedia production studio based out of Haida Gwaii, BC. Assisting them is Kellen Jackson, a recent Simon Fraser University BFA Film graduate whose work is currently focused on myth and power. She has a deep love for odd sounds, deep listening, and home movies.


Make a Film in a Weekend! (ages 16-24) – Fort McMurray, AB

Friday, August 25, 6-9pm
Saturday, August 26, 11am-5pm
Sunday, August 27, 11am-5pm and 7-8:30pm

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre,  8115 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB.

Jeff Chiba Stearns (Lead mentor), Arun Fryer (Lead mentor) and Kellen Jackson.

During this free workshop, award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Arun Fryer will work with you to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit your own film in a weekend. You will also learn the basics of lighting, sound, and editing with Final Cut X. No previous experience is necessary. Lunches and snacks are included! There will be a screening of the finished films on Sunday evening – bring your friends and family!

To register:
Fill out this quick online registration and we will contact you shortly.

Jeff Chiba Stearns
Jeff is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. He is also an accomplished illustrator, educator and artist. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered 33 awards — a few of which were awarded by the R2R Youth Jury! He’s also taught college and high school animation as well as animation workshops around the world. A number of Jeff’s films have screened at R2R including: One Big Hapa Family (2010), Yellow Sticky Notes – Canadian Anijam (2013) and Cats (2014).

Arun Fryer
Arun is an award filmmaker & media creator from Vancouver, whose films and videos have played in festivals around the world. Arun was the recipient of the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Film & Media, and a member of the Board of Directors for DOC BC from 2013-2015. His two most recent productions include Cadence (Producer), a feature psychological thriller and winner of the VIFF MustSeeBC Award, and ‘Before She’s Gone…’, a documentary short he produced and directed with support from the National Film Board of Canada. It recently premiered at the 2017 Vancouver Short Film Festival, winning the Audience Choice Award.

Kellen Jackson
Kellen is a recent Simon Fraser University BFA Film graduate whose work is currently focused on myth and power. She has a deep love for odd sounds, deep listening, and home movies.


Previous workshops

Filmmaking Workshop for Aboriginal Youth (ages 18-30) – Vancouver

July 20-28, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Amp, 425 Carrall Street, Vancouver
National Film Board, 250 – 351 Abbott Street, Vancouver
The Post at 750, 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Odessa Shuquaya, Sebnem Ozpeta, Lisa g Nielsen, and Eileen Francis.

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 new to filmmaking will learn to edit on the newest software Final Cut X. Participants with filmmaking experience can use this opportunity as a one-week mentorship where they’ll be able to develop a project, learn new skills, and build their portfolio with the assistance of renowned filmmakers Odessa Shuquaya, Sebnem Ozpeta, and Lisa g Nielsen. Lunch and snacks will be provided daily. At the end of the camp there will be a celebration screening of the work, followed by Q&As and a feast at The Post at 750.

To register:

Eileen Francis (Programming Assistant)
Ta’gum (Sun and Moon) is her traditional name, given to her by the Tla’Amin elders. Her English name is Eileen Francis. Eileen holds a diploma in Indigenous Filmmaking and is currently living in Vancouver, BC, where she is furthering upgrading her skills (writing, directing, and producing) and knowledge in film and developing upcoming films and projects.

Lisa g. Nielsen
A community artist and filmmaker, Lisa g creates media that has historical reference, social relevance, and humour. She has been working in film and digital technology since 1999 and leading filmmaking workshops since 2007. Examples of her diverse work include: an award winning stop motion animation about heartbreak (Blue Tuesday), an award winning live action video that challenges gender stereotypes (Girl on Girl), a trilogy of films about Riverview Mental Hospital  (Asylum, Bedlam, Consciousness), and a performance incorporating film and live sound to discuss racism (Not Just Black and White). She is currently working with the Musqueam people creating a experimental film exploring the meaning of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word: nə́c̓aʔmat ct (we are one) for the new Strathcona Library. She is the Supervising Mentor for Our World.

Sebnem Ozpeta
Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver based visual artist, video editor, and videographer. She has also been involved in VIVO’s digital archiving projects. She worked as a graphic artist in Turkey from 1996-2001 and earned her Digital Film Program Certificate at The Art Institute of Vancouver in 2002. She has been producing short experimental films and video installations that have been exhibited internationally including screenings and installations featured in festivals and galleries in Canada, England, Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary and Turkey. She has been collaborating and working with artists, performances, storytellers, dancers and filmmakers for more than 10 years. Currently, she is working on “Art Talking Women,” a short documentary series with Margaret Dragu and Cinevolution Media Society.

Odessa Shuquaya, Mentor
Odessa Shuquaya is a professional actor for the stage (Unnatural and Accidental Women, The Rez Sisters, Egni’s Eye) and screen (Dr. Barlow, Grace Point, Morning Together), and is a digital filmmaker and mentor. Odessa’s short films have been screened across Canada: in Haida Gwaii, Dawson City and Halifax, and broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She is committed to creating opportunities for Indigenous artists in theatre and film. Odessa holds a BFA in Acting from UBC and is certified in both Indigenous filmmaking and cinematography at Capilano University. She is the recent recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Development Award from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to be mentored with Marie Clements’ company, MC Media, on documentary and dramatic filmmaking. Odessa is a member of the Kluane First Nation from Yukon Territory. Although raised in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia and making Vancouver her home for many years, she still retains familial and cultural ties to her traditional territory in Yukon.


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.