Youth Jury Program

Do you love watching movies? 

Applications are now CLOSED for R2R 2024’s Youth Jury!


The Youth Jury is a FREE program bringing young enthusiasts together with peers to deepen their enjoyment and appreciation of film, and to reward the best work of our festival’s programming. This means coming together for in-person meetings where students will learn the standards and process of being a juror, watch movies of all kinds from around the world, and have lively discussions about what they’ve seen.

This innovative program begins in January with a workshop in film criticism. Beginning in February, two youth juries of up to 10 young people are formed to evaluate short films in competition and choose the award winners. Jurors will also be expected to attend feature films during the festival at specified times, and to convene one last time to finalize the award-winning films and ready a presentation that they’ll give at the festival’s award ceremony.

The schedule for the Youth Jury of the 202 R2R Festival is as follows:

Film Criticism workshop: January 28, 2024, 2:30-3:45pm

Youth Jury meetings for the short films: February 4, 11, 25 & March 3, 2024
Junior Jury (Grades 5-7): 12:00-2:15 pm
Senior Jury (Grades 8-12): 2:45-5:00 pm

During the Festival: Jurors will also be expected to attend feature films at specified times during the weekends (April 7-13-14), and to convene one last time to prepare a presentation that they’ll give at the festival’s award ceremony (April 16).

Location: We will host in-person sessions on Sundays for the Film Criticism Workshop and the 4 youth jury meetings in Vancouver (225 West 8th Ave. Vancouver, BC V5Y 1N3). During the festival, the venue is the VIFF Centre, Yaletown.

REGISTRATION: Closed for R2R 2024 – please check again in September 2024 to register for R2R 2025.

As a jury member, you will need to:

• Come ready to take notes, share their opinions, respect each other, and watch movies
• Attend all jurying sessions to make sure the movies are judged fairly
• Bring a positive and productive attitude to all sessions
• Approach the awards preparation and ceremony with notes on-hand and ready to present
• Expect to be photographed for R2R promotional purposes
• Represent Reel 2 Real and spread the word about the festival!
• Have fun!

What jurors have to say:

We had a great time and the experience was unique and fun. I learned how to analyze films in a thorough, in-depth manner that now makes watching films even more enjoyable. The jurors and organizers were unbelievably devoted and creative and I hope to be part of their jury next year!

– Sophia Negrabee

Thank you so much for this amazing experience! I will definitely want to be on the senior jury next year. I had so much fun learning about film critique and giving out the awards.

– Will Honcharuk


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