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What is Reel Focus?

Students attend a 75-minute hands-on filmmaking workshop accompanied by a 75-minute program of short films.

The day starts at 9:45am and ends at 1:00pm. Classes attending the 10:00am screening will participate in a workshop at 11:45am, or vice versa. There is a half hour snack break in between the film program and the workshop. For some screenings we expect to have filmmakers in attendance to facilitate a brief Q&A session following the films. Local film professionals teach our workshops. All Reel Focus screenings and workshops take place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (in Yaletown).

Classes are welcome to eat lunch at the Roundhouse during the break or after the day is complete.  There is indoor seating, and an outdoor courtyard.

Please note:  the public is welcome to all Reel Focus film screenings.


[Please note: workshops must be pre-registered, and are for school groups only.]

Instructor: Elisa Chee

The ability to draw is not required for this workshop! Using point-and-shoot digital cameras, students will create storyboards and learn how to organize their ideas for a film.

Instructor: Flick Harrison

Working in small groups, students will learn the functions of a digital video camera and make a short film.

Instructor: Chad Sorensen

Students will use a variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials to create characters and sets. Using video capture techniques and a basic animation station, they will be taken through the steps of creating a short story.

Instructors: Scott Kiborn & Michael Mann

In this workshop, students will animate themselves! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide across the floor, fly through the air, and suddenly disappear. This workshop is a great introduction to special effects.

Instructor: Alex MacKenzie

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

Instructor: Ceile Prowse

Using stop-motion animation, students will shape characters with plasticine, and create a short animated films in small groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Within two weeks, a DVD copy of the work created during your workshop will be mailed to your school. For the Storyboarding workshop, students will be able to take their storyboards home with them.

Registration is easy!

1. Choose a day and film program and one workshop. We recommend you have a second choice, just in case the program or workshop is full.

2. Contact our Festival Coordinator at to register your class. You may also leave a phone message at 604-224-6162.

Due to the popularity of the Reel Focus program all reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure fairness, we will respond to reservations in the order in which we receive them.

3. We accept payment by cheque or credit card (additional fees apply). The cost is $145.00 for 25-30 students, or $135.00 for 24 students or less. Payment must be completed prior to the festival. Please note that refunds will not be issued if the number of students changes. Please let us know if you require alternative payment arrangements.

Reel 2 Real
International Film Festival for Youth
Unit 90, 425 Carrall Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3 Canada

Tel: 604-224-6162
Fax: 604-224-6162 (please call first)


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