Summer Workshops



Previous workshops

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

August 25-27, 2018
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre,  8115 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB.

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!

About the mentors:

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker, founder of Vancouver-based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. His latest documentary feature, Mixed Match, won the Audience Award at five international film festivals, including the 2016 Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Arun Fryer is an award filmmaker & media creator from Vancouver whose most recent productions include Cadence (Producer), winner of the 2016 VIFF MustSeeBC Award, and  ‘Before She’s Gone…’, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Vancouver Short Film Festival. 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) – Prince George, BC

August 18-20, 2017
Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC

During this three-day weekend 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!

About the mentors:

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. 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.


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

July 20-24, 2017 & September 8-10
The Amp, 425 Carrall Street, Vancouver
National Film Board, 250 – 351 Abbott Street, Vancouver

During this hands-on, intensive workshop, participants worked with professional filmmakers to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture.


About the mentors:

Lisa g. Nielsen is a community artist and filmmaker whose media work is characterized by having historical reference, social relevance, and humour. Her diverse work includes 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). Lisa is also the Supervising Mentor for Our World.

Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver based visual artist, video editor, and videographer. 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. Currently, she is working on “Art Talking Women,” a short documentary series with Margaret Dragu and Cinevolution Media Society.

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 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.

Eileen Francis’ traditional name is Ta’gum (Sun and Moon), given to her by the Tla’Amin elders. Eileen holds a diploma in Indigenous Filmmaking and is currently living in Vancouver, BC, where she is developing upcoming films and projects.


2015 Summer Animation Camp

AnimationStop-motion animation

August 31 – September 4, 2015

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.

About the mentors:

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.