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R2R Film Festival Filmmaking Workshops

Discipline: Film / Video
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English
Contact Me: (778) 828-2619 , Email , Web

Established in 1998, the Reel to Real Society is a non-profit registered charity which presents the annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (R2R), and media arts programming year-round. 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. Reel to Real works in partnership with classroom teachers to design an interactive, immersive workshop that meets your needs.


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
The mentors were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging. Calvin Pitt, Participant
Thank you so much for organizing the opportunity for our students to be involved with the Reel 2 Real video production crew. The instructors were amazing! Skilled, professional, knowledgeable, we couldn't have asked for more! We are hooked! The video produced was really well done and even inspired the instructors! Donna Armstrong, Teacher, Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat

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.

Documenting Youth Activism

Working with two professional filmmakers, students receive an opportunity to write, direct, and produce short documentary films about youth activism. They are involved in all aspects of production: storyboarding, camera-work, sound, and editing. Using low cost, accessible technology (ipads) provided by the school, students explore, document, and share their stories.

Our World

An interactive and intergenerational program, Our World fosters artistic expression among Indigenous youth across British Columbia. Through the medium of film, participants learn to create short films that speak to their local history, language, culture, and their place in it. Mentored by professional artists, youth develop film production skills, and a deepened connection with their local community, oral histories, and traditions.

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