Reel Focus 2022

Short Films + Workshops


Students in grades 4-7 attend a hands-on filmmaking workshop accompanied by a program of short films tailored to your grade level. We provide study guides to prepare your students for the program and encourage follow-up back in the classroom. Each film program will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers or a discussant. The film programs and workshop descriptions are listed below.

When: April 4-8 & April 12-13, 2022
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, Yaletown, Vancouver

Cost$225 per class (groups up to 30 students)

TO REGISTER: Registration are now closed for the R2R Festival 2022

Health Measures: Teachers, students, and chaperones are required to wear masks during our indoor programs. All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after use. See full details on our Covid-19 health measures.


When: All films available online from April 3-13, 2022
Where: Available online across British Columbia

To Register: Registration are now closed for the R2R Festival 2022

Mixed bag Animation

Monday, April 4 / Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Showcasing a plethora of animation techniques and styles, this collection of shorts boasts creative approaches from around the world.

Recommended for grades 5-7

Themes: young hearts, friends, rivals, family, environment, conservation, play, animals, whimsy

Indigenous Spotlight: The North Edition

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 / Wednesday, April 13, 2022

This special edition of films all take place on Turtle Island, and if we listen close we just might learn from Elders, traditional dancers, Shaman’s and the landscape.

Recommended for grades 5-7

Themes: Elder appreciation, the land, spirit, dance, Indigenous joy, ceremony, community, tradition

Generations: Leaps and Bounds

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Grandparents and Elders fill the frame, inviting us to see the world from their often whimsical and wisdom-filled perspectives.

Recommended for grades 4-7

Themes: Elder appreciation, wisdom, hardship, tradition, new beginnings, connection to past, grandparents and grand-kids

There is More to Know

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Is it friendship? Are they foes? Seeking a deeper connection, young people step outside their comfort zones to connect and foes stand off with one another.

Recommended for grades 5-8

Themes: trust, friendship, self-reliance, identity, love and connection, difference in perspective, fitting in, peer pressure

Parents, for Better or Worse

Friday, April 8, 2022

Sometimes parents come on a little too strong, and every now and then emotions flare up, yet love remains and we are often better for it. A collection of complex coming of age stories that center compassion and empathy.

Recommended for grades 6-7

Themes: family, courage, support, homophobia, coming of age, understanding adults, love, exploration and play

Big World Shorts

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Through animation and comedy, short films invite us to expand our perspective and ask us to consider life outside of our immediate bubble.

Recommended for grades 4-5

Themes: coming of age, facing fears, love, family, freedom, community



Students shape and mold characters with plasticine and, using stop motion animation, will create short films in small groups. The plasticine is messy, and all kinds of fun!

Digital Filmmaking

The class learns the functions of a digital video camera, and a few insider tricks. Then students break into small groups and film short scenes on their own inside and outside of the Roundhouse.

Objects in Motion

NEW IPAD EQUIPMENT ON THE ANIMATION STATIONS! Using everyday school and art supplies, students will animate objects in new, silly, and imaginative ways.

Cut Out Animation

A variety of pre-fashioned and cutout materials will be used to create characters and sets. In small groups, using video capture techniques, students will be taken through the steps of creating a short story.

Handmade Film

Explore the art and history of cinema. Students will etch and draw on 16mm celluloid to create a collaborative short film. At the end of the workshop students will be able to see their work projected.


Students get animated! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will appear to be gliding, disappearing, and flying through the air in a stop motion animation short film.

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