Youth Jury Program

Do you love watching movies? 

We need you! The Youth Jury Program aims to foster a deeper appreciation for independent film from Canada and around the globe. This innovative program begins in January with a free workshop in film criticism. A challenging and interactive experience, students sharpen their critical eye, gain an appreciation for different film genres, and learn what makes a film great.

Beginning in February, two youth juries of up to fifteen young people are formed to evaluate short films in competition their age category and to choose the award winners. The Youth Jury will meet February 3, 17, 24, and March 3, as follows:
Junior Jury (Grades 5-7): 12:00-2:15 pm
Senior Jury (Grades 8-12): 2:45-5:00 pm
Location: 23 West Pender Street (opposite the northeast entrance to International Village)

During the Festival (April 7-13) members of the Junior Jury and Senior Jury attend the feature films in competition and choose the award winners. All screenings are at the Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver. The 2019 schedule is as follows:

JUNIOR JURY SCREENING SCHEDULE

Sunday, April 7 – Vancity Theatre
4:30 – MIA AND THE WHITE LION (98 min)
Followed by Opening Night Film party and food!

Friday, April 12 at Vancity Theatre
5:00 – THE WITCH HUNTERS (86 min)

Saturday April 13 at Vancity Theatre
11:45 – ONE GIRL + short film (84 min)
1:45 – MAKUKO (108 min) + deliberation + pizza
5:00 – Rehearse for Awards Presentation
6:30 – AWARDS PRESENTATION
7:00 – Closing Film – PACHAMAMA

SENIOR JURY SCREENING SCHEDULE

Sunday April 7 – Vancity Theatre
4:30 – MIA AND THE WHITE LION (98 min)
Followed by Opening Night Film party and food. 

Thursday April 11 – Vancity Theatre
6:30 – A COLONY + short film (98 min)

Friday April 12 – Vancity Theatre
3:30 – CHUSKIT (90 min)
5:30 – Discussion + pizza
7:00 – A FIRST FAREWELL (86 min)
8:30 – Jury deliberation

Saturday April 13 – Vancity Theatre
TBA – jury deliberation
5:00 – Rehearse for Awards Presentation
6:30 – AWARDS PRESENTATION
7:00 Closing Film – PACHAMAMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have two youth juries:

Junior Jury: Participants who are in Grades 5-7
Senior Jury: Participants who are in Grades 8-12

As a jury member, you will:

• Attend the Reel 2 Real Film Festival with free admission to the films your jury will judge
• Watch the films in special jury seats
• Choose a winning film and provide reasons for your choice

Your responsibilities will be:

• To attend every screening as per the schedule provided
• To come to a firm and fair decision in full co-operation with other jury members
• To represent the Festival professionally in any media appearances
• To have fun!

What jurors have to say:

We had a great time and the experience was unique and fun. I learned how to analyze films in a thorough, in-depth manner that now makes watching films even more enjoyable. The jurors and organizers were unbelievably devoted and creative and I hope to be part of their jury next year!

– Sophia Negrabee

Thank you so much for this amazing experience! I will definitely want to be on the senior jury next year. I had so much fun learning about film critique and giving out the awards.

– Will Honcharuk

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