Youth Filmmakers Showcase 2019
I Can’t Imagine Life Without the Ocean | Amanda Blake | 3 min
The marvellous beauty of Maui’s waters takes us on a deep dive to witness all the delights that swim free and help us focus on what is at stake.
What Celebrity? | Michelle Kim | 4 mins
A thoughtful documentary exploring the lack of diversity and representation in the media, and consequently, its impact on Asian youth. Made in response to a youtube video that asked ‘what celebrity do you look like?” A simple question…if you fit within Hollywood’s narrow idea of celebrity.
Chinatown | DJ Arbas, Andreas Fire, Justine Harris-Owen, Arkhan Lewis, Myra Wei, Tiffany Xei | 6 mins
Exploring the changing enclave of Chinatown and its importance to the Vancouver community, this doc links the past to the present moment in one of Vancouver’s most diverse neighbourhoods.
Lily Shinde | Lia Peralta | 5 mins
Lily never outgrew her insolence as a child growing up in a Japanese-Canadian internment camp. Charming but tough, now as an activist, advocate, and mentor Lily is an inspiration for queer youth.
Breaking Stereotypes | Bella Brown, Astrid Wilson-Lewis | 4 mins
A personal film about Indigenous resilience which combines beauty, truth and solutions for ways to move forward in the face of racist stereotypes in Canada.
Why Do We Love? | Jobina Sitoh | 5 mins
Asking a simple, yet difficult question, filmmaker Jobina Sitoh manages to find deep emotional resonance among those interviewed.
Changing Gears | Amanda Blake | 5 mins
A couple comes to a crossroad in their life which may split them apart.
Rain | Maggie Jiu | 2 mins
Thoughtful and rich with a nuanced understanding of forgiveness and love, Rain shows us what it means to care for each other.
Resemblance | Evan Turner, Rose Farkhondeh | 2 mins
With dazzling drone sequences and considerate close-ups, highlighting the rich textures of the natural world, life’s little moments are revealed as the true beauty of a life well lived.
Pianoforte | Annie Zheng, Maya Cardey, Ella Li | 2 mins
The lacklustre days in the life of a bored student become a repetitive slog. Luckily destiny intervenes and changes things up when this student decides to take a blind leap and audition for the school play.
In the Eyes of the Page | Caitlin Adams, Daniella Baillie, Niki Abolghassem-Tehrani | 3 mins
From a stressful yet supportive point of view, this is a day in the life of your homework.
Transition | Nadia Faye Humchitt | 4 mins
A poetic experiment of past, present and future, explores the life of a young girl as she grows up to embrace both ‘sides’ – the modern and traditional aspects of Heiltsuk life.
Cookie Cutter | Jadyn Flint, Aranza Swedberg | 3 mins
Life is too short to fit the mould and breaking free can be difficult.
Influenza | Manny Li, Natalie Chang | 3 mins
The internet and how we connect to it intersect and are dissected in this experimental collage of images, and recordings.
The Glorious Rebuttal | Jacqueline Murphy, Victoria Wong, Natalie Arli | 1 min
When there are no words to express yourself, as unexpected as those feelings might be, sometimes images can come in handy.
Croak’d | Clare Stephens, Frances MacInnes, Olivia Dunstan | 3 mins
When a frog has a fall, not everything is as it seems. This unsettling and original thriller will leave you… well, unsettled.
Syrian Boys | Bashar Abourasheed, Ahmad Abourasheed, Mohammad Hammoud, Laeth Alrefai, Ammarbkri Basha | 3 mins
Breaking down perceived stereotypes, five young boys share their experiences of violence, immigration, and their hope for a home.
Tracks | Alicia Holownia, Caitlin Mungall, Jessica Lau, Joud Shawwa, Paige Ingram, Sophie McLean | 7 mins
Two Muslim women recount their respective experiences of racism on public transportation in Vancouver. This provoking and daring documentary asks us to consider the corrosiveness of micro-aggression, and how it could rapidly escalate to violence.
Millennial Pink | Annie Zheng, Jaid Burke, Jasmin Moreton | 5 mins
In the age of social media, this generation struggles to find their individuality through the process of growing up. Composer Annie Zhang set the stage for music video exploring the emotional longing for connection.
Thermidor | Janelle Feng | 4 mins
During the French Revolution, the last few days of Maximilien Robespierre were filled with drama and political intrigue. Animated with passion, Thermidor demonstrates an elevated approach to depicting history.
Aerlyn | Erin Russell | 6 mins
Aerlyn Wiessman is a queer filmmaker, and now a mentor to a new generation of queer filmmakers. This is her story.
Siblings in Transition | Pen Zachariahs, Alex Zacharias | 6 mins
Siblings reveal their shared experiences by discussing their transitions with one another and some of the challenges that came with being one of two teens in the same family to transition their gender. NOTE: Due to the age of the filmmakers this film is not eligible to win awards.
Let’s Go to the Beach | Myles Hemy-Bain | 5 mins
Two friends navigate the awkwardness of expressing affection for each other, and revealing their feelings might put their friendship at stake.
Camera and/or Lighting Award
Prize: One production membership with equipment credit of $350 at Cineworks
Prize: A copy of “The Writer’s Journey” & “Save the Cats”, courtesy of the Massy Books
Winner: CHANGING GEARS
2019 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Tawny Darbyshire – Prop Designer
Joella Cabalu – Documentary filmmaker and producer
Jason Pope – Independent filmmaker and instructor
Music and/or Sound Award
Prize: A RØDE VideoMic GO, a Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from ADI
Prize: Two-Day Documentary Workshop at In Focus Film School
Winner: GROWING UP WITHOUT A FATHER
2018 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Kryshan Randel – Independent filmmaker and educator
Milena Salazar – Independent filmmaker and documentarian
Anaisa Visser – Award winning independent filmmaker
Prize: Bursary to The Indie Filmmakers Lab summer program at The Cinémathèque
Winner: THE OTHER SIDE
2017 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Best Acting Award
Prize: One complimentary set of 25x Headshot Repros at Rocket Reprographics ($60)
Best Screenwriting Award
Prize: Blank Movie Storyboards, Comic Blanks, 12x HB Pencils and an Essential Paperback Lined Book from OPUS Art Supplies ($70) + Two Festival Passes to the 2016 Vancouver Latin American Film Festival ($250)
Winners: aPENCIL, PIRATES and THE SENTINEL
2016 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Cari Green – award winning documentary producer
Carlito Ghioni – multifaceted media artist
Jay White – artist and short film animator
Prize: One complimentary set of 25x Headshot Repros at Rocket Reprographics ($60)
Winner: Stephanie Chow for OTHERSIDE (as the drug addicted girl)
Prize: A writer’s mentor session with writing mentor George Johnson ($200)
Winner: CATFISHING OR CATFISHED?
Best Picture Award
Prize: Non-exclusive international Video Out distribution and inclusion in the new media art collection/archive + a screening at VIVO Media Arts Centre with a transcribed interview with the artist/producer, to be featured on the VIVO website ($1,000)
Runner Up: TAG
2015 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Shauna Jean Doherty, MFA
Ann Marie Fleming
Tony Westman, DGA, DGC, CSC
Finalé Best Picture Award: Mirrors (password: kodiak)
Jury Recognition for Picture Award: Breaker
Director Award: Folds (password: kodiak)
Jury Recognition for Director Award: Facebook Terror
Editing Award: Creative Derby
Screenwriting Award: Lord of the Guys
Acting Award: Lukas Vanderlip & Marina Lee in Last Fall
Acting Award: Bailee Trytko in 1 and 5
Best use of Lighting or Camera: Mirrors (password: kodiak)
Best Use of Music or Sound: Sampled (password: kodiak)
Artistic Vision Award: Community (password: kodiak)
Special Jury Award: Roadsides and Pillowcases
Audience Award: Lord of the Guys
2014 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Best Picture Award: Autumn Wings
Best Direction: Where We Sleep
Best Original Screenplay: Beautiful Bravery
Best Original Screenplay: While the Grown Ups Talk
Best Editing: Fresh Tracks
Best Sound: Despondancy
Best Acting: David Lees in My Name is Jeff
Jury Recognition Award: The Bucket List
Jury Recognition Award: O Sinking Ship
Audience Award: Derrick
2013 Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury:
Best Acting: Sam Massooleh in BlueBerry Haiku
Best Editing: Pace
Best Directing: Air Pressure
Best Original Screenplay: Blueberry Haiku
Best Picture: Time to Remember
Best Sound: Reclaim
Audience Award: Just Sayin’
Special Mention – Original use of Mixed Media: Compromise
Special Mention – Best Documentary: Britney
The films were judged by Emily Carr University Instructor and Award Winning Director Jonathan Tammuz, Stephanie Damgaard the Associate Programmer of the Canadian Images Program at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and Filmmaker/Producer Jennifer Somerstein.
Best Acting: A Teenage Romance
Best Direction: Pictures of the Past Tense
Best Sound: I Don’t Wanna Go to High School!
Best Original Screenplay: A Teenage Romance
Best Picture: Pictures of the Past Tense
Audience Award: Pictures of the Past Tense
Audience Award (runner up): In the Mind’s Eye
The films were judged by film producer Jennifer Somerstein, George Johnston, instructor at the Centre for Digital Media, and filmmaker Bruce Sweeney.
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