THREE FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES AT REEL 2 REAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR YOUTH APRIL 9 – 15
A Vancouver produced documentary by Screen Siren Pictures about children in Northern Iraq, The First Movie will open the 13th Annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, on April 9. The film won the prestigious Prix Italia award, and is directed by Mark Cousins of the UK. This year’s festival dates are April 9 – 15.
Other highlights include 7, or Why I Exist, a documentary in which children talk about their world, aspirations, dreams, and beliefs; Vancouver filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns’ One Big Hapa Family; and Cry Rock, set in Bella Coola, a film about the director’s desire to capture her 80-year-old grandmother telling stories in the Nuxalk language
Films in competition will be eligible for 8 awards at the Closing Night Award Celebration on April 14, chosen by two Youth Juries and an adult jury of film industry professionals. These awards are part of Reel 2 Real’s continued commitment to the belief that critical assessment of films for young audiences should be made by youth themselves. Reel 2 Real’s top award for $500, the Edith Lando Peace Prize, will be announced on Opening Night for “the film that best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace on earth”.
Reel 2 Real also offers filmmaking workshops and Master Classes on animation, documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, sound design,digital filmmaking, and more.