Welcome to the 2020 Youth Media Conference

What you can look forward to

Students will start the day with a screening of the documentary, Youth Unstoppable, setting the stage for a pivotal shift in the global climate movement, one which centers the rise of youth activism. Immediately following the film, we will have an interactive panel discussion to talk about the creative industry. We’ll also discuss what it takes to get a project off the ground and make an impact. This is an opportunity for students to ask anything they’ve always wanted to know about the process of filmmaking. When are you allowed to film people in public? How do you get the rights to music? What’s the best way to organize and run a film crew? Our professionals have a combined 60 years of producing and filmmaking experience, a rare resource available to students for this one day only.

After the panel students will take a short break for lunch and return for the Behind the Scenes Expo. Students will have direct access to representatives from post-secondary schools and potential employers. Event details are listed below.

Recommended for Grades 9-12

When: Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 9:00AM- 3:00PM
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre

To Register: Please fill in the form below or email education[at]r2rfestival.org with registration details

Cost: Tickets are $10 per student. Pre-registration is required.
Cancellation Policy: Your booking must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance for a full refund Please send your cancellation in writing to the Festival Coordinator.

If you would like to register for the film program only (grades 8-12), please see our Talent Lab Program.

Youth Unstoppable

9:00AM – 10:30PM

Youth Unstoppable sets the stage for a pivotal shift in the global climate movement, one which centers the rise of youth activism. Ultimately uplifting, this documentary digs to the root of our climate crisis and presents a way to move forward. As a youth delegate representing Canada on the global stage, Slater Jewell-Kemker grew up concerned about the environment. Hoping her lens might offer a path to a better world, Slater, at the age of 15, began witnessing the struggle of young people fighting for a cleaner, fairer planet.

Digital Literacy: Making What Matters


The panelists, filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker (Youth Unstoppable), NFB producer Selwyn Jacob; and media educator, Alysha Seriani will talk about the creative industry and what students can expect in navigating the steps between high school and becoming a professional. We’ll also discuss what it takes to get a project off the ground, make an impact, and touch on how students can balance their busy lives with work they are passionate about.

Behind the Scenes Career Expo

12:30PM – 3:00PM

Break through the fourth wall and discover the multitude of career opportunities that await. Students will speak one-on-one with industry reps from Animation (Atomic Cartoons, Animal Logic) and VFX studios (Method Studio, Image Engine), post-secondary recruiters from UBC, Emily Carr, SFU, etc., as well as unions and guilds, about career planning in Vancouver’s flourishing film, television, and media industries. The full list of representatives attending will be updated here until the day of the event.


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