YFS Jury 2023

Paige Smith is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist who works primarily with video, film, photography and mix-media to investigate viewer perceptions of body and place. She currently lives and creates in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. Her artwork has recently been exhibited and screened at Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (2022), Massy Arts Society (2022), Audain Gallery (2022 & 2021), Dawson City Film Festival (2020), Vines Art Festival (2020), and VIVO Media Arts Centre (2019). Once a youth filmmaker herself, Paige is excited to have the opportunity to jury R2R’s Youth Filmmaker Showcase this year.​

Luis Alvarez grew up in his twenties between the Northwest and Northeast of Mexico before coming to Canada in 2012. A firm believer of the transformative power of stories, he expresses this belief through his writing and photography. Luis holds a degree in communications from Mexico and a degree in film production from Canada. He successfully completed the 2021 edition of the Writer’s Studio creative writing program, has collaborated as a photographer for organisations such as IM4 Media Lab, Out on Screen, Performing Circle, among others. He currently works as the Program Coordinator at Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society in Vancouver.​


Hân Phạm is an emerging artist and experimental filmmaker from Saigon, Vietnam. Experimenting with video and film, photography, and soundscape compositions, Hân’s works think through the ephemerality of memory, language, and history in relation to the constantly changing and dislocated landscapes, rooted in the in-betweenness of distance as space for reflection. Hân holds a BFA from SFU, is an alumni of the VIFF Catalyst program, and currently works with Lantern Films as an assistant editor and archival researcher. Their works have been featured in DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Pleasure Dome, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Vines Arts Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen, Media Arts Committee, and Massy Arts Society.

Awards Presented

The Youth Filmmakers Showcase is celebrating 15 years of presenting BC’s talented youth with the recognition they deserve. The Showcase starts with a screening of all selected shorts and is followed by an award ceremony, presented by a jury panel of industry professionals.




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