Upcoming Activities

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    Ongoing Activities

    Animating History

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    A day-long workshop in film animation!

    Animating History is an innovative hands-on workshop that connects media literacy and storytelling through the creative exploration of BC history. During the workshop, youth create a 1-2 minute animated film retelling a piece of local history. Students work cooperatively with a professional animator and museum interpreter to experience BC history and the stop-motion animation process.

    This project-based learning experience integrates all areas of the curriculum, helping students to develop skills in such areas as teamwork, communication, and cooperation. Find out more!

    Where & When:

    Museum of Vancouver
    Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

    Port Moody Station Museum
    Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

    Richmond Museum
    Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

    Previous activities

    MAKE A FILM IN A WEEKEND! — PENTICTON, BC

    September 26-28, 2018

    During this four-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns, Patrick Shannon and Thomas-Isaac Came.  Check out the film here!

    With the support of

    MAKE A FILM IN FOUR DAYS! — VERNON, BC

    September 21-23, 2018

    During this four-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns, Patrick Shannon and Thomas-Isaac Came.  Check out the films here!

    With the support of

    MAKE A FILM IN A WEEKEND! — KAMLOOPS, BC

    October 19-24, 2018

    During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns, Patrick Shannon and Thomas Isaac-Came. Check out the films here!

    With the support of

    MAKE A FILM IN A WEEKEND! — FORT MCMURRAY, AB

    September 21-23, 2018

    During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns, Arun Fryer and Kellen Jackson.  Check out the film here!

    With the support of

    MAKE A FILM IN A THREE DAYS! — MEDICINE HAT, AB

    September 17-20, 2018

    During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Arun Fryer, and assisted by emerging filmmaker Kellen Jackson.  Check out the film here!

    With the support of

    MAKE A FILM IN A WEEKEND! — LETHBRIDGE, AB

    September 14-17, 2018

    During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Arun Fryer, and assisted by emerging filmmaker Kellen Jackson. Check out the film here!

    With the support of

    OUTDOOR SUMMER FILM SERIES!

    July 13, 2018

    The free screening of the inspiring film, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet was preceded by animation workshops and VR demos.

    MAKE A FILM IN A WEEKEND! — PRINCE GEORGE, BC

    August 18-20, 2017

    During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Patrick Shannon, and assisted by emerging filmmaker Kellen Jackson. Check out the films!

    With the support of

    MAKE A FILM IN A WEEKEND! — FORT MCMURRAY, AB


    August 25-27, 2017

    During this three-day workshop, participants learned to conceive, plan, shoot, and edit their own film, mentored by award-winning filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Arun Fryer, and assisted by emerging filmmaker Kellen Jackson. Check out the films!

    With the support of

    Filmmaking Workshop for Aboriginal Youth – Vancouver

    July 20-28, 2017

    Over 7 days, youth worked with professional filmmakers to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture. Participants learned to edit on the newest software Final Cut X and at the end of the workshop there was a screening of the work.

    Animation Camp @ Museum of Surrey

    From July 18-21, tweens ages 12-14 were part of a special Animating History camp led by renowned animator Weronika Stepien at the Museum of Surrey. Check out the video!

    “Everyone did such a wonderful job in making animated shorts during the Surrey’s Museum Animation Camp. I saw a lot of talent in everyone and I know that if this talent is continued only great things can come of it. Animation can be a great way to pass the time with a rewarding outcome, it can be used to tell personal stories and it can be a good social activity that develops problem-solving skills. Have a great summer everyone!”
    – Weronika Stepien, Lead Instructor

     

    R2R @ Surrey International Children’s Festival

    Reel 2 Real was thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Surrey International Children’s Festival. From Thursday May 25 to Saturday May 27, kids ages 8+ enjoyed the Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity, where they learned the principles of stop-motion animation while creating fun-tastic short movies. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this activity, and to the City of Surrey for making this possible. We had a blast!

    Check out the videos made by these young animators and visit our Facebook page to find pictures of the event!

     

    Kids Culture Film Series

    ANINA
    Sunday, March 5, 2017
    Dir: Alfredo Soderguit |Uruguay, Colombia | 2013 | 80 min
    In Spanish with English subtitles*
    Presented by the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Kids Culture Film Series with the support of The Georgia Straight.

    Anina Yatay Salas is a ten-year-old whose name spells trouble: those three palindromes in a row are an ongoing source of teasing at school. When a playground fight results in mysterious punishment, Anina will learn to put her problems in perspective and empathize with others in this sweet little daydream of a tale.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    *A limited number of headsets through Vocal Eye are available for those who would prefer to have subtitles read aloud by an experienced reader.

     

     Kids Culture Film Series

    MY FRIEND RAFFI
    Sunday, January 29, 2017
    Dir: Arend Agthe |Germany | 2015 | 97 min
    In German w/English subtitles
    RIO Theatre

    Presented by the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Kids Culture Film Series with the support of The Georgia Straight.

    Sammy’s multi-talented hamster Raffi gets kidnapped after coming home from surgery. Raffi was a gift from Sammy’s father, who is “away” for a while, and is very dear to Sammy. He is devastated when his hamster is stolen and takes on finding his treasured friend by himself, ending up in an epic journey through Hamburg, with both Sammy and Raffi taking on a multitude of foes along the way, including the nasty criminal Rocky who needs a long lesson on how to treat others.
    Based on the popular book of the same name by Arend Agthe and Bettina Kupfer, also the Director and Writers of the film.

     

    Kids Culture Film Series

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    THE 18TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS
    Sunday, November 13, 2016
    RIO Theatre

    Presented by the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Kids Culture Film Series with the support of The Georgia Straight.

    R2R and Kids Culture Film Series are thrilled to partner with the RIO Theatre to present the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS, which returns with 12 charming family-friendly films. Highlights include ‘About a Mother,’ a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s ‘The Giving Tree,’ Disney/Pixar’s sweet ‘Piper,’ and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey ‘Pearl’ by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne. The show also features a second-part “bonus” of four provocative shorts exclusively for more mature (PG) audiences.

     

    Kids Culture Film Series

    KOOKIE
    Sunday, September 11, 2016
    Dir: Jan Sverák | Czech Republic | 2010 | 95 min

    RIO Theatre

    Presented by the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Kids Culture Film Series with the support of The Georgia Straight.

    Six-year-old asthmatic Ondra (Ondrej Sverák, Jan’s son) converses with his stuffed toys as if they were alive. After he reluctantly agrees to let his mother discard his favourite, Kooky, he begins to obsess over Kooky’s fate. The puppet action begins as Ondra imagines Kooky escaping from a massive garbage dump, dotted with the broken remains of abandoned toys. Trying to make his way home, Kooky is pursued by two twisted plastic bottles, and loses his way in a magical–as opposed to special effects-fake–forest full of mysterious creatures. Will Kooky make it home? With marvelously humorous dialogue and production design to take your breath away, Kooky truly is a cinematic fable for all ages.

     

    Family Fuse Weekend

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    INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE
    July 9 and 10, 2016
    Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

    Artists are influenced by many things from people and places to dreams and stories of the past. Many families joined us over the Family Fuse Weekend and explored how we can all find Inspiration Everywhere.

    *FREE for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply.

     

    Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity

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    May 26 – 28, 2016
    Surrey International Children’s Festival
    Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park

    The R2R Team was thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Surrey International Children’s Festival! From Thursday May 26 to Saturday May 28, kids ages 8+ enjoyed the Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity, where they learned the principles of stop-motion animation while creating funtastic short movies. Check out the work of these creative young animators!

    Thursday May 26th 2016

    Friday May 27th 2016

    Saturday May 28th 2016

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for this activity, and to the City of Surrey for making this possible. We had a blast!

     

    CUT+COPY+PASTE

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    March 5 and 6, 2016
    10am – 5pm
    Vancouver Art Gallery

    Explore the groundbreaking exhibition MashUp through a diverse range of performances and hands-on activities. Then chill out in the Family Film Lounge to see a wonderful selection of short films programmedby R2Raround the theme of cut+copy+paste. Details here.

    *FREE for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply.

     

    Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity

    May 21 – 23, 2015
    Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park

    During theCut/Move/Snap Animation Activityat the 2015 Surrey Children’s Festival children got to make their own animated short film sequence using cut-out materials.

     

    Pajama Party + Breakfast

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    April 11, 2015
    10:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Vancity Theatre

    Families enjoyed yummy breakfast snacks during the 2015 R2R Festival. After breakfast everyone got to watch the Family Shorts program and experiment at our Animation Stations.

     

    Animate it!

    September 27, 2014
    Vancouver Public Library – Mount Pleasant Branch

    Participants brought their stories to life by storyboarding their ideas, creating characters, building sets, and experimenting with animation tools.

     

    Your Kontinent Festival

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    July 20, 2014
    7:00-9:00 pm
    Richmond

    A free animation workshop was offered during Theatre Under the Sky.

     

    Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity

    May 22 – 24, 2014
    Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park

    During the Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity at the 2014 Surrey Children’s Festival children got to make their own animated short film sequence using cut-out materials.

     

    iPad Animation Workshop

    Richmond Media Lab, Richmond Community Centre

    During this workshop, participants explored iPad photography and video editing techniques, as well as a few essential skills that form the basic craft of animated films. Participants created unique animated shorts inspired by the theme of “Book.” Developed in partnership with Cinevolution Media Arts Society, R2R, and the Richmond Public Library.

     

    Cut/move/snap animation activity

    May 23 – 25, 2013
    Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park

    Check out the amazing animation created by kids during the 2013 Surrey Children’s Festival, May 23-25 at the Surrey Arts Centre.

    Here are the films made on Thursday:

    Here are the films made on Friday:

    Here are the films made on Saturday:

    Thanks to Modo Car Sharing for getting us there!

    Animation with Charlotte Blacker

    February 3, 2013
    Richmond Cultural Centre

    Renowned British animator Charlotte Blacker  worked with students to bring creatures and characters to life. View the animations here.

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    Get Animated! 2012 – The NFB’s annual cross-Canada animation celebration

    October 27, 2012

    Get Animated! marks International Animation Day. This year we had an amazing selection of films: from boldly experimental to flat-out funny, plus workshops on how to make your own animated films—all absolutely free. Get Animated! was presented by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with the Vancouver Short Film FestivalThe Reach GalleryCinevolutionNew Westminster Public Library, and the R2R Film Festival.  Thanks to Modo Car Sharing for getting us to all these venues!

    View the films created by young animators here.

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     Animation workshop

    July 2012
    Richmond Arts Centre

    In partnership with Cinevolution and the Richmond Arts Centre, R2R offered an animation workshop. Completed films from the workshops were shown at the 2012 Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival.