2017 Youth Juries

Junior Youth Jury

Sasha Charity, James Hughes, Liam Hughes, Eliot Jakoy, Jasmine Morris, Morgan Pugh, Stella Simon, Fiona Sutherland, Iris Taylor.

Senior Youth Jury

Aaron Chan, Elijah Hayter, Sebastien Hugron, Chloë Glave, Max Korinth, Emi Lavoie, Malka Martz-Oberlander, Jasper Tarling McGrenera, Ruby Strong.


Youth Filmmakers Showcase Jury

Tania Alekson has spent almost half a century watching, loving and thinking about movies, She previously worked as the Operations Manager at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and Vancity Theatre, and as a film writer for CiTR Radio and Discorder Magazine. She's currently the Librarian for Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano University where she works with aspiring filmmakers, animators and documentarians in the School of Motion Picture Arts. Tania is a long-standing member of the VIFF International Screening Committee.
Since graduating from the animation program at Emily Carr in 2003, Elisa Chee has directed animated music video ‘scenes’, animated the short film Crow’s Nests (R2R 2016), and created animated sequences for numerous documentaries.  Elisa is in relentless pursuit of authenticity in the retelling and animating of personal stories. You can catch her short film "Lucy" screening as part of two short film programs at R2R.
Brandon Yan is the Education Director for Out on Screen, an organization who's mission is to illuminate, celebrate, and advance queer lives through film, education, and dialogue. He is passionate about social justice and learning about the diversity of experiences in our queer communities across BC. As an energetic community advocate, he has led the Out in Schools program since 2015.


Adult Jury

Jane Henry has a film and theatre background in Costume. As a teenager working at the Capitol 6, and later volunteering at The Cinematheque, Jane’s passion for cinema flourished. After a successful career in Costume, a break from the film world, and becoming a mother, Jane’s interests drifted toward youth oriented films. In 2012 she founded Kids Culture Film Series, a unique monthly program of international family film screenings that serves as a fundraiser for East Side Schools in Vancouver. Furthering her enthusiasm for cinema, she's now set her sights on screenwriting with a personal story in the works.
Shaun Inouye is a Programming Associate at The Cinematheque, a non-profit film institute in Vancouver. He holds a Masters in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. He has published articles on Jean-Luc Godard and Harmony Korine, and has programmed select retrospectives on Kelly Reichardt, Maren Ade, Bruno Dumont, and the theme of cruelty in cinema. In 2015, he curated the screening series and art exhibition Traces That Resemble Us, at The Cinematheque and Monte Clark Gallery.
Originally from Beijing, Ying Wang is a self-taught filmmaker and media artist. Her major interests are stories that explore taboos and controversies related to global migration and intercultural communication. Her first feature film Sister was shown at many international film festivals and is part of the collection at the Vancouver Public Library and other institutions. Ying was also co-founder and former president of Cinevolution Media Arts Society, which has established a reputation for cutting-edge programs and fresh perspectives. She is currently completing her first feature documentary Home Soon, a project sponsored by BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.