Reel 2 Real International Film Festival For Youth 2018

Can you still remember the first time you saw a movie? Whether it was an animated motion picture, or a home video played on your old-school television, witnessing a story come alive visually on screen for the first time was likely an awe-inspiring moment.

Since the late 1800s, movies have been a go-to form of entertainment. But film isn’t just entertaining, it’s a powerful art form that can empower, educate, and engage in a meaningful and impactful way – especially for today’s youth.

WestCoast Families magazine is proud to be a media sponsor for this year’s Reel 2 Real International Film Festival For Youth – a week-long event designed to inspire and equip youth to analyze, appreciate, explore, create, share, and celebrate screen media.

Cloudboy directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor

Cloudboy directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor

Here are some of the activities and programs to check out during this year’s event:

Digital Literacy: Power of Speech Presentation

Media educator Tash King will examine how digital technologies have reshaped concepts of credibility, authority, and truth. Students will discuss the rise of media designed to influence public opinion, including sponsored content, propaganda, and disinformation in both mainstream forums and social media. This presentation is part of a day-long Youth Media Conference, designed to engage high school students on relevant issues that matter to them, and take a Behind the Scenes look at their career options in the film and tech industry.

Virtual Reality: theBlu: Whale Experience

The first of a three-part series of immersive room-scale virtual reality that invites audiences to witness the wonder and majesty of the ocean, and come face-to-face with some of the most incredible species on the planet. It features an incredible close encounter with an 80 ft. blue whale! theBlu is already recognized as one the most iconic VR experiences to date (it was a Sundance Film Festival 2016 selection).  Before submerging themselves into theBlu, audiences will have travelled around the world at the Opening Gala Presentation with BBC’s Earth: One Amazing Day, narrated by Robert Redford. After the film, learn how to make a hologram with your smartphone, or step into R2R’s first ever VR-Domain to see more world-class VR, including the recently-added: MasterpieceVR, an interactive virtual painting, modelling, and sculpting experience that expands the boundaries of new technology.

High Fantasy directed by Jenna Bass

High Fantasy directed by Jenna Bass

Film Awards: The Jury Programs

Two youth juries, the Senior Jury for ages 13-18, and the Junior Jury for ages 9-12, will choose the awards for: Best Feature Film, Most Innovative Short Film, and Most Inspirational Short Film. R2R’s Youth Jury Program fosters a deeper appreciation for independent film from Canada and around the globe and begins months before the festival with a free workshop in film criticism. A challenging and interactive experience, the program engages participants to sharpen their critical eye, gain appreciation for different genres, and learn what makes a film great. Kids and Adults often see things differently, which is why R2R also invites an Adult Jury perspective. Members include: Anne-Mary Mullen (VLAFF, Senior Programmer), Shana Myara (OutTV, Movie Programmer), and Norman Armour (PuSh, Artistic and Executive Director). The Adult Jury will award their pick for Best Film, as well as the Edith Lando Peace Prize, a $500 award to the film that “best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goals of peace and justice”.

Treasures (Tesoros Film) directed by María Novaro

Treasures (Tesoros Film) directed by María Novaro

New Shorts Program: Fresh Frames 

This program supports early development of social and critical thinking skills for children in grades 1-4. The inaugural selection of Fresh Frames films is entitled Communicating and Relating, and features the world premiere of the local short, Dan, byChloe Xi.

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival For Youth 2018
April 8-14, 2018
Roundhouse Community Centre & Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, BC
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