3 Canadian Premieres and 4 Canadian Feature Films!
 April 7 – 16, 2024, at the Roundhouse and VIFF Centre

This year R2R is all about cultivating cultural appreciation, and includes three remarkable international films that are making their Canadian premieres. We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the brightest and the boldest and invite you back to the cinema: we’re showing 8 feature films and 35 shorts, from over 25 countries and Indigenous nations, including 17 films from Canada!

OPENING FILM
The festival will open with a French film dubbed in English, NINA AND THE HEDGEHOG’S SECRET! This is a French film dubbed in English for the youngest among us. Join us for the reception after the screening, with snacks, drinks, and animation stations, on Sunday April 7 at VIFF Centre.

From the makers of the animated classics, A Cat in Paris and Phantom Boy (R2R ‘16) comes a family friendly, mystery that asserts the workers’ rights of a small French town. The film is a great adventure filled with cats, dogs, criminals and capers — plus a tiny hedgehog friend who Nina must trust to lead the charge.

 

SUNDAY FUN DAY
Our popular Sunday Fun Day is back on April 14 at the Roundhouse Community Centre! Bring the whole family and join us at 9:30 AM for:

 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Join us on Closing Night to learn who our Youth and Adult Juries will announce as the winners. On Tuesday, April 16 at the VIFF Centre, the Awards Ceremony will be followed by the French-Canadian film, COCO FARM!

Max’s family has been relocated to Quebec’s finest farmland – now he’s gonna be an egg farmer! First, he and his new friends will have to stand up to the mega monopolies and complicated regulatory hurdles to get their organic eggs to market. A heart-warming story of community care and the need for responsible small business.

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

 

This year’s festival will be at two venues, the VIFF Centre and the Roundhouse Community Centre: Tickets & Venues

Students in the Lower Mainland are invited to attend our popular school programs: Reel Focus and Feature Focus for Elementary, and Talent Lab for High School. These programs come with study guides and resources to help teachers integrate our programs into the school curriculum, touching on issues of social justice, history, and Indigenous rights and traditions..

We’re showing 8 feature films and 35 shorts, from over 25 countries and Indigenous nations, including 17 films from Canada. 6 feature films will compete for the prestigious Edith Lando Peace Prize, including: List of eligible films: Nina and the Hedgehog’s Secret; Adventures in the Land of Asha; Saleem; BOYZ; Sister & Sister; I Place You Into The Fire.

Decided by R2R’s Adult Jury, the Peace prize comes with a cash award of $500, to the film that “best uses the language of cinema to further the goals of peace and justice.” Both the Senior (ages 13-18) and Junior Youth Jury (ages 9-12) will adjudicate on all short and feature films, eligible for the ‘Most Innovative’ and ‘Most Inspirational’ film awards in their age category. The Senior Jury will also decide the winner of the NFB Award for Best Animation.

We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the brightest and the boldest and invite you back to the cinema.  More announcements in the coming weeks, including R2R’s famous all-you-can-eat Sunday morning pancakes and animation for the family, a showcase of films made by young filmmakers who are eligible to win great prizes, and school programs such as the Youth Media Conference and Behind the Scenes Career Expo for highschoolers.  There’s something for everyone!

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