During Reel Focus, students in grades 4-7 attend a film program and a workshop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Instruction is tailored for your age group. The day starts at 9:45 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. Classes attending a 10:00 AM screening will participate in an 11:45 AM workshop; classes participating in a 10:00 AM workshop will attend an 11:45 AM screening. There is a short break for a half an hour between activities, and the day ends at 1:00 PM. 

Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities and resources. 



MONDAY, APRIL 3 - FRIDAY, APRIL 710:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Roundhouse Community Centre

*Registration details below.

Indigenous Spotlight










Monday, April 3

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

From the Andes to Canada, some of the most interesting filmmaking around the world is coming from the resilient Indigenous communities that are making themselves heard. This year’s program is no exception.

Themes: critical thinking, family, nature, identity, cultural preservation, music

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Animation Without Hesitation

Tuesday, April 4

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

Overcoming fears and obstacles with creativity, critical thinking and perseverance, the characters in these short films may hesitate, but their creators do not. This group of exceptional animators takes us on trip to their bold, poetic, and extremely diverse worlds.

Themes: mystery and wonder, change, fear, music, animals


Young & Elder

Wednesday, April 5 

Age does not determine the extent of our contribution to our community and family, though it may be a factor in the way we face our fears. Using animation and live-action to tell their stories, these filmmakers tackle the important business of relating to our elders, with compassion, humour, and sincerity.

Themes: coming of age, memory, identity, elders, family, love


Doc Day



Thursday, April 6  

Weaving factual elements into a cinematic experience, these documentarians invite us into the real lives of their subjects. Using stylistically composed camerawork, animation, or classic hand-held documentary styles, we are drawn deeper into the experiences that are close to home and transported to those perhaps as unfamiliar to us as an island of monkeys.

Themes: nature, puberty, heritage, fashion, music, dance


A Voice/An Impact


Friday, April 7

Activism and reclamation can take many forms. Sometimes it means speaking up; other times it means being silent. One’s impact can be made in a stop-motion animation, in the communion of sacred dance, or a lifetime spent on another continent. It might even be found in a trip to your nana’s house.

Themes: justice, morality, finding your voice, activism, identity




digital filmmaking
In this interactive workshop, the class will learn the functions of a digital video camera, and a few insider tricks. Then students will break into small groups and film short scenes on their own throughout the Roundhouse.

cut-out animation
A variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials will be used to create characters and sets. In small groups, using video capture techniques, students will be taken through the steps of creating a short story. 

Students get animated! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide, disappear and fly through the air. This is a great introduction to special effects and stop-motion animation.

objects in motion
Using everyday office and school supplies, students will animate objects in new, interesting and imaginative ways.

Students will create traditional storyboards with stick figures and shapes using paper and pencils, and learn how to organize their ideas for a film. The ability to draw is not required.

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

Students shape and mold characters with plasticine, and using stop-motion animation, will create short films in small groups. The plasticine is messy, and all kinds of fun!



Step 1 - Select the day or short film program you wish to attend
Step 2 - Select the workshop of your choice (be sure to select back-ups just in case)
Step 3 - Tell us how many students, teachers and parent chaperones will attend

Send the requested information to education [@]

To ensure fairness, we will respond to reservations in the order in which we receive them. In case Reel Focus is fully booked, you will be placed on a waitlist. When possible, workshops will be added to accommodate the waitlist.

The cost is $175.00 for up to 30 students. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card (additional fees apply), and must be made within two weeks of receiving your invoice. We require a minimum of one adult per 8 students, to a maximum of 8 adults at no charge. An invoice, itinerary, and study guide will be provided. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance of the festival or the full fee will be charged. There is a 30 minute snack break between the film and workshop. A courtyard is available for classes to eat outdoors, or you are welcome to stay in your workshop area during the break.


Please note: program subject to change. 

We encourage you to check your calendar for conflicts prior to registration. R2R requires a minimum of two weeks notice in order to cancel or modify your registration and offer a full refund. This applies to all school groups.