Summary of organization/program
Reel to Real is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth. Reel to Real presents an annual film festival, the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, and media arts programming year-round.
- Primarily provincial, but runs an international youth-focused film festival annually that also helps to promote Canadian-produced films.
- Aged 9-19
Founded in 1998, the Reel to Real: A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society has grown and expanded its presentation of Canadian, independent media artworks. The annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival began as a four-day event in one venue,and has expanded to an eight-day event in two venues: the
Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. Through community partnerships, the organization has created several outreach programs, bringing independent bringing Canadian, independent media artworks to socially and economically marginalized inner-city and rural youth. Our most successful programs include Animating History and B.C. Stories.
Dominant Media Forms
- The Reel to Real: A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth.
- Our mission is to involve youth in actively viewing and discussing professionally made films; expose youth to new ideas and cultural perspectives; offer high-quality cinematic entertainment outside the mainstream; explore issues that are important to youth; engage youth in discussions with filmmakers about their work; increase understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking; and promote the production and presentation of high quality independent films for youth.
Statement of Principles
- Reel to Real presents an annual film festival, the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, and media arts programming year-round. public screenings, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions, and public forums
The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth seeks films that are imaginative, evocative, innovative, inspiring, entertaining, and suitable for children 6 and up, and youth 13 and up.
- 60 minute workshops – 3 day programs
Samples of work
Animating History is an innovative workshop program for youth that connects media literacy and storytelling with building a sense of community through the creative exploration of local history. Students work with a professional animator, learn “hands on” all parts of the animation process, and create a one-minute historical animated film.
BC Stories empowers youth to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short animated films that speak about their lives and their community.
The School Program film screenings allow educators to introduce students to international cinema and address challenging subjects.To facilitate this learning experience, Reel 2 Real features question-and-answer sessions following select films with special guest speakers from around the world. We also provide pre- and post-screening activities in the classroom. All films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles. Where indicated, subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader.
For other major projects: http://www.r2rfestival.org/year-round-activities/
The Reel to Real Society gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our funders, sponsors, partners and donors.
Charles and Mary Ungerleider
Arts Club Theatre, Body & Soul Health and Fitness, Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre, Hair by Linda, Home Depot, Integrative Spa, Lando Images, Museum of Vancouver, Pacific Cinémathèque, Printing Inc, Sequoia Restaurants, Stong’s Market, Vancity Theatre, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Village VQA Wines Dunbar.