YFS Jury 2024

Rheanna Toy is a director, producer and editor. She recently produced and edited the short film “Wok Hei” by award winning director Joel Salaysay, acquiring over $50k in funding for the project and selling distribution rights to CBC. Her directorial work has screened at multiple film festivals Canada and the USA. Her short documentary debut “Serisa 26” won the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema Spectacular Film Festival. Rheanna has extensive experience producing, directing, and editing corporate films and documentaries, having created over 200 films for her clients including Samsung, Cirque Du Soleil,  and UBC, among others. Currently, Rheanna is directing a documentary project about the experiences of queer adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities in the Lower Mainland. 

Al MacKay is a Vancouver-based director and animator. Growing up as a trans kid in small town Alberta, he quickly discovered a love for filmmaking – at age 12, his animated films were broadcast on Kid’s CBC programming block. As a former recipient of R2R’s Best Director award in 2012, he’s excited to give back to the festival that helped him gain confidence as a young filmmaker. After graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s Film & Integrated Media Program, he discovered his passion for film festival curation. In 2022, Al was one of three programmers for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. His animated film Flash Flood is represented by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center.


Kerr Holden is a multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work includes film production, animation, graphic illustration, and video art. Kerr’s practice bounces between live-action and animated forms of image making, playfully experimenting with the connections between the two. ​

Awards Presented

The Youth Filmmakers Showcase is celebrating 16 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, in presence of the selected filmmakers.




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