Welcome to the 2024 Youth Media Conference

Films + Panel Discussion + Career Fair

To kick off our jam-packed day of exploring all that Vancouver’s film industry has to offer, join us for a morning of documentary films followed by a panel with the filmmakers and their remarkable on screen subjects. After a short break, the students will attend the Behind the Scenes Expo, where they will have direct access to representatives from post-secondary schools and potential employers of B.C.’s creative industries.

Recommended for Grades 9-12

When: Friday, April 12, 2024, from 10:00AM- 2:30PM
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver

COST: Tickets are $10 per student

TO REGISTER: Closed – registration for R2R 2025 will open in February!

I Won’t Stand for It and I Place You Into the Fire


I Won’t Stand for It – Miyawata is a 15-year old Indigenous activist from Winnipeg, Canada, who never hesitates to speak up for what she believes in. To protest the injustices that her people have faced throughout the history of Canada, she refuses to stand for the National Anthem. She’s on a mission to help Indigenous voices be heard and included. Following the path of students around the world, she’s the very first organizer of school strikes for the climate in her hometown.

I Place You Into the Fire – A thought-provoking blend of documentary, animation, and elements of poetry. Through her eloquent and powerful words, Mi’kmaw poet and former poet laureate of Kjipuktuk (Halifax) Rebecca Thomas shines a light on the enduring effects of colonization and the struggles that Indigenous people continue to face in contemporary Canadian society. Three Indigenous illustrators lend their talents to animated segments that visually represent Rebecca’s words.

Post-Film Discussion


We’ll discuss the form of documentary and its importance to not only create a historical record, but its ability to impact the course of history itself. Joining us from Nova Scotia, filmmaker Stephanie Joline (Play Your Gender, R2R ’16) returns to the festival with her latest work featuring the subject of her film, Mi’kmaw poet Rebecca Thomas. Canadian documentarian Caroline Bacle, now located in the UK, will share her insights on what makes the subject of her film, then 15-year old Indigenous activist Miyawata, so compelling. Now in university, Miyawata will join the panel from Toronto to share her activism and her experience being the focus of Bacle’s film.

Behind the Scenes Career Expo

12:30 – 2:30PM

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 and VFX studios, post-secondary recruiters, as well as union and guild reps, about career planning in Vancouver’s flourishing film, television, and media industries. Organizations who participated in previous years include: UBC, Emily Carr, VFS, Image Engine, Atomic Cartoons, Industrial Light & Magic, DoubleNEG, Director’s Guild of Canada, National Film Board, ICG, IATSE, independent artists, video game editors, storyboard artists, and so much more!


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