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Venay Felton - Reel to Real Society

Discipline: Film / Video
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Established in 1998, the Reel to Real Society is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse and authentic programming for youth. The Society presents the annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R), and media arts programming year-round. Our primary objective is to ensure that young people are inspired and equipped to analyze, appreciate, explore, create and share independent media from Canada and around the world. We offer a range of workshops that create opportunities for professional artists to mentor aspiring young artists, and cultivate their appreciation and talents for filmmaking.


The students put in a hard day's work and felt a HUGE sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Your workshop is challenging, fun, exciting and rewarding. It promotes true collaboration between the students and they loved it! Deborah Roos, École Jules Quesnel

Project Examples

BC Stories

BC Stories empowers students to conceive, plan, shoot, edit and screen short films that speak about their lives and their community: its art, culture and history. Through the creative medium of digital filmmaking, students will gain powerful leadership skills, a deepened connection with their local community, and an enriched capacity for learning through media creation. This is an interactive, immersive program that fosters artistic expression for students, and a collaborative project that works in partnership with artists, classroom teachers and school administration. Using low cost, accessible technology, students will have the opportunity to explore, document, and share their local histories. The program encourages participation of parents and community members. It will also reinforce English language skills for English Language Learners. We teach animation and documentary, using digital cameras and computers or iPads.

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