Films for All Ages

Past Screenings


Sunday, January 28, 1:00 PM
Dir: Stephanie Clattenburg | Canada | 2016 | 70 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.

Women account for less than 5% of producers and engineers, even though many of the most bankable stars in the industry are female. While celebrating women’s achievements, director Stephanie Clattenburg and musician Kinnie Starr take us on a quest to understand how it came to be that the gendered authorship gap exists. These candid and insightful discussions, with some of Canada’s best-known artists, will have you drumming along in your seat and leave you inspired to follow your art.

Check out the trailer!

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Kids Culture Film Series

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

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


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

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.


DIR Jean Beaudry | Canada | 2014 | 91 min
In French with English subtitles

Twelve-year-old Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives alone with his mother and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier. Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.

Summer vacation is the opportunity for Nicholas to resume his greatest pleasure: playing baseball with his friends. A major obstacle greets the children who assemble at the village baseball field: the town council has decided to convert the field into a municipal dump.

With Nicolas as their leader, the village children resist the mayor’s manipulation with ferocity and, to their surprise, they receive the support of Jérémie and his old buddies.

Themes: baseball, sports, friendship, grief, working together, creatively approaching challenge

PG – Coarse Language. Recommended for ages 10+

Note: This uplifting film includes a few coarse words and a frank depiction of an alcoholic but loving grandfather.

La gang des hors-la-loi 

Nicolas, fils et petit-fils de pêcheurs, a douze ans et il habite avec sa mère et sa sœur dans un village qui surplombe l’océan. Après l’orage dévastateur qui a enlevé son père il y a quelques années, Nicolas doit faire face à sa perte et à la détérioration graduelle de son grand-père, Jeremie, qui boit trop pour alléger le chagrin d’avoir perdu son fils.

Les vacances d’été donnent à Nicolas l’occasion de s’adonner à nouveau à son plus grand plaisir: jouer au baseball avec ses amis. Mais quand ils se rejoignent pour jouer, les enfants se retrouvent avec un gros problème: le conseil municipal a décidé d’utiliser le terrain en tant que dépotoir.

Sous la direction de Nicolas, les enfants du village résistent férocement aux projets du la mairesse et reçoivent une belle surprise quand Jeremie et ses vieux potes se rassemblent pour les aider.

Recommandé pour 10 ans et plus

Note: Ce film édifiant contient quelques mots frustes et une représentation franche d’un grand-père alcoolique mais amoureux.

Sunday, March 6, 12:45 pm

The Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
Tickets: Adults $8 Kids $5 online; $9/$6 at the door

Presented with the support of

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All proceeds go to Queen Victoria Annex, Laura Secord, Nootka and Queen Alexandra Elementary Schools.



Reel 2 Real is pleased to partner with the Kids Culture Film Series  and the Rio Theatre for a very special presentation: the first theatrical release of the Animation Show of Shows.


Sunday, November 1, 12:30pm
The Rio Theatre
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under ($20/$15 at the door)
Purchase tickets here.

Now in its 17th year, this is one of the world’s top animated short film compilations, prized by industry professionals, students, and fans. Event producer, curator and animation expert Ron Diamond will be in attendance. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Rated PG – sexual language.

Watch the trailer here.

Here’s a full list of the program this program:

This whimsical story is about living an impractical life based on a childhood promise.
(2015, Janette Goodey and John Lewis, Australia, 8 min.)

Based on a poem by Jacques Prévert, this film reflects on the fact that newspapers warn us about deforestation although they are made of paper themselves. (2014, Geoffrey Godet and Burcu Sankur, France, 4 min.)

An anxious young man has a moving experience at a friend’s house party.
(2015, Conor Whelan, Ireland, 5 min.)

Animated clay paintings tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. (2015, Lynn Tomlinson, USA, 5 min.)

In the early years of the 20th century, two climbers make the traditional ascent, carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary to the top of the mountain. Their trip does not go according to plan.
(2013, Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, and Florian Vecchione, France, 8 min.)

This imaginative animated short created from a found voice memo, “Behind the Trees” features Amanda Palmer’s reflections on the curious things her husband Neil Gaiman mutters while he sleeps.
(2015, Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer, USA, 3 min.)

Two cosmonauts do their best to make their common dream a reality. (2014, Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 min.)

A young woman has a secret: she is in love with her neighbour, a boxer. Thanks to her cat’s adventures, she will have closer contact with her love. (2015, Isabel Favez, Switzerland, 7 min.)

Melissa Johnson hit 6′ 4″ in 8th grade. This made her an instant basketball star, but…
(2014, Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, USA/Australia, 10 min.)

At a massive factory, the workers have all been given one simple instruction: paint stripes on the boxes. The work is getting done in the usual, monotonous way… until one of the workers decides to paint his boxes a little differently. (2015, Babek Nekooei and Behnoud Nekooei, Iran, 4 min.)

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future. (2015, Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 min.)

Click here for a review of the films.

Partial Proceeds of the matinee screening go to Queen Victoria Annex, Laura Secord, Nootka and Queen Alexandra Elementary.

Presented with the support of


Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Saudi Arabia | 2012 | 98 min
Ten-year-old Wadjda lives in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. She is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. Against her mother’s wishes, Wadjda desperately wants a bicycle. She is so determined to buy it that she enters a Koran recital competition just for the prize money.  In Arabic with English subtitles.

One of the Top 10 Films of 2013 in The Guardian
Winner of the Most Popular International First Feature – Vancouver International Film Festival

Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm
The Rio Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults, $6 children 12 and under

Presented with the support of

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All proceeds go to Queen Victoria Annex and Laura Secord Elementary.

Winner of 19 awards, including:

Most Popular International First Feature – Vancouver International Film Festival
Best International Feature – Los Angeles Film Festival
EDA Film Focus Award- Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Best Foreign Language Film – Boston Society of Film Critics
Best Feature Film & Best Actress – Dubai International Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Durban International Film Festival
Audience Award – Fribourg International Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Gotebourg Film Festival
Norwegian Peace Film Award – Tromso International Film Festival
Best Foreign Film by or about Women – Women Film Critics Circle Awards

Previous films in the series:

R2R partnered with the Francophone Film Festival on the presentation of Les vacances du Petit Nicolas during and Winterruption.


Les vacances du petit Nicolas

DIR Laurent Tirard
France |2013 | 97 min
When the summer holidays begins, Nicolas and his family will find themselves in a hotel near the beach and then a whole new series of adventures will begin.

View details and trailer here.

Director: Roberta Durrant
South Africa / 2013 / 97 min
Fourteen-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophone player like his late father, although it is against the wishes of his mother. Felix manages to obtain a scholarship to attend an elite private school for music, and his father’s former band mates help him practice and prepare to play in the school’s jazz concert. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

** Winner of the Youth Jury Award for Best Film (R2R 2014) **

Sunday, January 25, 1:45 pm

The Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
Tickets: $9 adults, $6 children 12 and under

Presented with the support of

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All proceeds go to Queen Victoria Annex and Laura Secord Elementary.


An Angel for May
DIR: Harley Cokeliss
UK / 2002 / 96 min
Twelve-year-old Tom travels fifty years to the past after discovering a time machine. He becomes friends with May, an orphaned WW2 evacuee. Once he is back in the present, he realizes that he must make one more trip back in time in order to change what happens in the present. Based on the book by Melvin Burgess. Rated: G (mild course language, divorce, violence). Recommended for ages 8+Starring Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, Matthew Beard, Charlotte Wakefield, Angeline Ball, and Hugo Speer.eleanor_thumb3eleanor eleanor_thumb2eleanor_thumb6

Eleanor’s Secret

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Director: Dominique Monféry

Nathanael will soon be seven years old, but he still doesn’t know how to read. When his eccentric old aunt Eleanor dies, she leaves her house to his parents and her huge book collection to the young boy. Nathaniel discovers that the books shelter all the heroes found in children’s literature. Among them are Alice in Wonderland, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Little Red Riding Hood and they are counting on him for protection. If they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever. When his parents start selling off the books, Nathaniel is shrunk by an evil witch, and must brave everything to save his miniature friends.  A charming film for all ages. In English. Recommended for ages 5 and up. ** Winner of special distinction prize at ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL **

Watch the trailer here.


Tony 10

Tony 10

Director: Mischa Kamp
The Netherlands / 2012 / 85 min
In Dutch with English subtitles

A boy tries to reunite his divorced parents before his tenth birthday – even if he has to go to the Queen to do it!

Each year on his birthday, Tony goes out with his crane-driver father to learn a new trick of the trade. But ever since getting appointed Minister of Transportation, Tony’s dad no longer has time for him or his mother. When the strain finally causes his parents to divorce, Tony sets out on a mission to reunite them before his tenth birthday œ even if he has to go to the Queen to do it! Director Mischa Kamp expertly highlights complex family issues in this humorous and entertaining film. Recommended for ages 9-12. Content Advisory: implied sexual behaviour, divorce

Singin’ in the Rain

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
USA / 1952 / 103 min

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.


Magic Silver
Directors: Katarina Launing, Roar Uthaug
Norway/2009/82 minutes   * Rated: G *
This magical Christmas story is about courage, friendship and Gnomes.  One mountain’s secret, and everyone’s life, is in grave danger unless Princess Bluerose can overcome her worst fear.

Lotte and the Moonstone Secret
Directors: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits
Latvia, Estonia/ 2011 / 73 minutes / In English * Rated: G *
When her uncle brings back a mysterious stone from a secret temple in the mountains, Lotte the dog must outrace a pursuing pack of moon rabbits to unlock its magical secret. One night, two small hooded moon rabbits try to steal the magical and mysterious stone that Lotte’s Uncle Klaus brought back from a secret temple in the mountains. Lotte thwarts the theft and vows to uncover the moonstone’s mystery by encouraging Uncle Klaus to track down his old friends, Fred and Ville, who own stones exactly like his. With the moon rabbits in hot pursuit of their stone, Lotte and her uncle must unlock the moonstone secret before it’s too late!

Cinderella Moon
Director: Richard Bowen
China, USA / 2010 / 96 min
Dubbed in English
Based on an ancient text unearthed by director, Richard Bowen, Cinderella Moon has been adapted into a a screenplay and brought to life. Filmed on location throughout China’s Yunnan Province, a place known as ‘Shangri-La’ or paradise on earth, Cinderella Moon seduces with its extraordinary cinematography, sets and costumes, incorporating wonderful symbolism, metaphor and a strong message about the importance of the balance of male and female. In English. Rated: PG – violence (brief scene where a character is restrained with rope around his neck). Presented in partnership with Kid Culture Film Series

Recommended for ages 6+

“A strikingly lensed fairy tale as magical as its picturesque design….(A) richly told girlpower fantasy based on a classical Chinese Cinderella…a rare pic practically guaranteed to enchant tots and parents alike.”–Variety



Fuchsia the Mini Witch
Netherlands, 84 min
In Dutch with English subtitles
For a limited time, you can purchase a DVD copy of Fuchsia the Mini Witch! A small witch creates mayhem at Witch School, but tries to make amends when she discovers a plot that threatens the forest where she and her friends live. This film charmed audiences around the world, and was the winner of the Gryphon Award for Best Film at the Giffoni International Children’s Film Film Festival. Order your copy now – the DVD is only $20, plus $5 for shipping. Fuchsia is dubbed in English Recommended for ages 6+ View the trailer

The Ice Dragon Directed by Martin Högdahl Sweden / 2012 / 77 min In Swedish with English subtitles Eleven-year-old Mik is learning as much as he can about whales, and loves rock music. He lives with his older brother Tony and unemployed alcoholic dad in the suburbs of Stockholm. One day, things take a turn for the worse and Mik is forced by the youth welfare office to go and live with his aunt Lena in a remote village in the north of Sweden. His world collapses, until he befriends brothers Bengt and Bertil, falls in love with the fearless and assertive Pi, helps his friends build a snowmobile, and eventually finds his way home.  Rated PG –  course language. Recommended for ages 10+ View the trailer


On the Sly Directed by Olivier Ringer France / 2011 / 77 min In French with English subtitles

In a not-so-far away land, not so long ago, lived an ordinary little girl, Cathy. She was, however, convinced that she was invisible to her parents. To be certain, she decided to test her theory by choosing not to climb in the car, on the way home from the family country cottage. What could end badly turns into an extraordinary adventure, in turns harrowing and humourous – a journey through the imagination of a child – as she fends for herself, finding an assortment of companions and fears along the way. Rated G – No advisory. Recommended ages 7 +

“This intimate, quietly haunting film with well observed humour, carefully directed by Olivier Ringer, is a delightful and fascinating film.” – Epoch Times, UK

 View the trailer


Wolf Girl

Ôkami shôjo aka “When the Show Tent Came to My Town” Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa Japan / 2005 / 106 min In Japanese with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Akira and his classmates at a rural school in Japan learn valuable lessons about prejudice and standing up to bullies. Accused by the class bully of ruining his kite and told to pay an outrageous sum to replace it, Akira is surprised when a girl comes to his aid. The girl is Rumiko, the smart new student who fascinates both the boys and girls in the class. When a travelling show sets up a tent at the edge of town, the students are eager to visit, but are forbidden to do so by both parents and teachers. There are rumours circulating about a Wolf Girl, and students are convinced that it is Hideko, an impoverished girl who they routinely mistreat. Their teasing, however, is temporarily stopped when Rumiko comes to her defence. Wolf Girl features strong performances from its young cast and a script that balances tension and laughter. While it is set in rural Japan in the seventies, this film has a message about tolerance and friendship that is timeless and universal. Rated G – Note: there is a brief scene of an adult slapping a child.


Recommended for ages 10+


The Secret Letter Director: Simone van Dusseldorp Netherlands / 2010 / 87min In Dutch with English subtitles


Eleven-year-old Eva runs away from her quarrelling parents and hides out with her best friends Jackie and Thomas. However, when Eva discovers a secret letter that reveals her neighbour Mr. Brandsema to be the mastermind of a gang of crooks, she and her friends realize that they’re the only ones who can stop the bad guys.

 Recommended for ages 10+

The Crocodiles: All for One
Director: Wolfgang Groos
Germany / 2011 / 83 minutes
In German with English subtitles

It’s the beginning of summer vacation, and the Crocodiles are celebrating Hannes’ birthday. Even though they have grown older and developed different interests, the gang of adventurous kids stick together through thick and thin. During a go-kart race, Frank is in a terrible accident, and needs a liver donation. In order to save him, his friends will need to get Frank’s brother out of prison. Their plan is risky and the stakes are high. Rated PG – course language. Themes: Friendship, courage, exceptionality.

Recommended for ages 10-13