Youth Filmmakers Showcase

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Thursday, April 6, 4:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE

The 9th annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase (YFS) is a curated program which brings together the best film and video made by youth in grades five to twelve from across British Columbia. YFS is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to screen their films in front of a live audience, and have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other filmmakers and professionals.

Based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content, prizewinners will be selected by a jury of film industry professionals. The audience will also have an opportunity to weigh in and vote by secret ballot for the most popular film award. Only those in the audience can vote, so come out and support Vancouver's up and coming filmmakers!

This program screens as part of the Youth Media Conference for high school students and is open to the public. You are welcome to arrive early for our Behind the Scenes Expo at 3:00pm -- a career fair focused on the entertainment industry. Have your questions ready; this is your chance to get your foot in the door to the career of your dreams! If you are interested in participating in next year’s edition of the showcase, send us your work. Submission guidelines can be found on the main YFS page.

Build your community with R2R and VPL! As an addition to the Showcase, the Vancouver Public Library will be offering programs for teens in their digital creation space, the Inspiration Lab. Join library staff for a whirlwind tour of the Lab, sign up to try out their Green Screen and filming equipment or learn the basics of audio recording in their sound booths. That's right, a special opportunities to connect with likeminded individuals and learn new skills! The Inspiration Lab is FREE to anyone with a library card.

 

THE AWARD WINNERS:

Music and/or Sound Award - A RØDE VideoMic GO, a Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from ADI
Winner:
SAFE AND SOUND
Editing Award - 2.5 TB Hard Drive from London Drugs
Winner:
 EMPOWER AFRICA
Acting Award - One complimentary set of 25x Headshot Repros at Rocket Reprographics
Winner: 
LIMBO
Screenwriting Award - A copy of "Screenwriting for Teens", courtesy of the Directors Guild of Canada + 10 tickets to the Vancouver International Film Festival 
Winner:
 THE GIRL HE WANTS
Directing Award - Bursary to The Indie Filmmakers Lab summer program at The Cinémathèque 
Winner: THE OTHER SIDE
Visual FX Award - Wacom Intuos Small Draw Tablet, provided by funding from the Directors Guild of Canada 
Winner: 
ALTERNATE
Animation Award One year full subscritpion to Toon Boom Harmony Essentials and Story Board Pro 
Winner: 
CMND-Z
Documentary Award - One-Day Documentary Workshop at In Focus Film School 
Winner: 
KIMBERLY NIXON: JOURNEY TO ACCEPTANCE
Camera and/or Lighting Award - A $250 Gift Certificate toward any equipment purchase at Annex Pro 
Winner: 
NACHT
Best Picture Award - One-Year FREE Access to DOC BC Professional Development Workshops  
Winner: 
HERO
Audience Award - A workshop at Arts Umbrella 
Winner: 
LIMBO
Runner Up
Documentary - 2 essencial paperback notebooks, 1 comic blanks, 12 pencils, 1 Pigma Micron set from OPUS Art Supplies - THE NEXT GENERATION
Screenplay - $100 rental credit at Gear Base Camera - QUOTIDIAN

 

THE FILMS:

DEADBEAT
Jay Ruckzia, Zed Morrison, Jeremi Rossignol, Roman Mann Hunter Dillon, Lorence Xu | 3:46 | After watching Frankenstein, Victor sets out to build a brother to keep him company. Inspired aesthetic choices bring this black and white short to life.

LIMBO
Jack Morin, Luke Seybold, David Sui, Aiden Carere, Isabella Manderson, Isaac Hole, Jae Seung | 6:55 | A young man who has grown up in a small room with just the company of a robotic radio must decide between safety and freedom.

ALTERNATE
James Qiu, Greer Ross-McLennan, Sean Sherst, Eddy Yang | 4:37 | A game of chess is gradually enveloped in darkness as the stakes increase with every move. Costume and set design anchor this work.

CONSEQUENCES OF A THIEF
Rachel Hageman, Mackenzie Jones, Hannah MacKay, Niccola Marsden, Heather Martin | 6:03 | An irreverent employee of the Haida Heritage Centre learns a lesson in cultural respect.

HOW TO LIVE IN THE KOOTENAYS
Kaelan Coull, Trey Phillips, Nova Schiewe, Griffin Phillips,  Mani Overton | 2:25 | A satirical guide to life in the Kootenays.

CMND-Z
Crystal Lin | 2:26 | This is a warning: Never ignore the pop-up warnings on your computer

EMPOWER AFRICA
Poppy Shaw | 5:58 | Slick editing and camera work help immerse us in this documentary about energy access for Africans, which has brought many benefits to Rwanda by increasing educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for girls and women.

PHILOPHOBIA
Bryce MacGregor | 5:13 | Philophobia is the fear of emotional attachment and the persistent fear of falling in love. This work is shot with stylized aerial photography and dynamic camera work.

CONNECTED
Chloe Chang, Aishu Goyal, Amy Li, Mia Kindrachuk | 1:00 | In a technology-driven world, you have to disconnect to reconnect.

HOME
Sidney Lin | 2:02 | After falling through a black hole, a little girl must find her way back home.

HERO
Emi Lavoie,  Alexis Ortiz | 3:59 | Two friends talk about their favourite superheroes, and through subtly written dialogue, they reveal a deeper connection.

BREATH
Aria Seraji, Shayan Takhoyori | 2:00 | This is an experimental film based on the viewpoint of someone suffering from an anxiety attack.

SAFE AND SOUND
Kenza Zobaidi, Garnet Tyler, Vince Salvaloza, Tina Nowarre | 6:02 | Finding out that he is able to capture sounds, a young man begins his own private collection.

RUNNER
Elyjah Del Bianco, Jackson Adrian | 6:27 | Mystery and mood are captured with each thought-provoking frame as a secret delivery boy navigates the city. What is he carrying?

AMBITION
Syndy Shi, Brandon Benson | 3:07 | An experimental short that examines the consequences of our often overly critical and ambitious selves.

QUOTIDIAN
Delaney Lathigee, Emma Leard, Taylor Palmer | 3:48 | Steeped in angst, a teen reflects on the banality and, at times, isolated feelings that usually go unnoticed in her day to day life.

THE GIRL HE WANTS
Maya Rodrigo-Abdi, Shianne St. Goddard | 3:49 | This is a feminist manifesto from the perspective of teens trying to escape the male gaze. 

EVERYTHING
Arlo Henderson, Hanah, Skye Laporte, Jip Overton, Noah, Yashuah Martin-Reid | 2:26 | Animation, inventive lighting, layered camera work and original music underscore the importance of finding value in everything. 

THE NEXT GENERATION
Alexa Gladstone-Brown, Astrid Wilson | 4:13 | This inspirational documentary celebrates Heiltsuk culture and its future.

PRAYER OF THE WOODS
Josh Levy, David Sui | 1:10 | This poetic and visually stimulating PSA illuminates the beauty of Canada’s forests, while advocating for wilderness protection.

SUNSET TRAIL
Ben Macphail, Connor J. Sabourin, Michael M-Rothlin | 4:29 | Two young men meet on an earthquake-stricken trail. An unlikely friendship is foraged, and to their surprise, it could mean the beginning of something more.

KIMBERLY NIXON: JOURNEY TO ACCEPTANCE
Tru Wilson | 4:39 | Kimberly Nixon, a Trans Activist pioneer, shares intimacies of her life journey, and her work to engage the Human Rights Tribunal and enshrine the rights of transgender people in Canada.

THE OTHER SIDE
Shireen Dalbey | 2:57 | The relationship of two brothers is tested when a door appears in their path.

NACHT
Camille Point, Katie McDonald,  Tierney Schutz | 2:45 | A sense of poetry and provoking imagery are employed to examine human evolution and urban landscapes within a nocturnal experience. 

 

THE 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, and is a member of the VIFF International Screening Committee.
Since graduating from the animation program at Emily Carr in 2003, Elisa Cheehas directed animated music video “Scenes”, animated short “Crow’s Nests”, and created animated sequences for numerous documentaries.  Elisa is in the relentless pursuit of authenticity in the retelling of personal stories in her animation. 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 whose 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.

Based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content, the jury will award the prizes above. The Audience Award winner will be determined by you, the audience! Your secret ballot will be collected at the end of the screening--you must be in the audience to vote. See you at the movies!  

Take a look at all the amazing sponsors who make YFS possible 

View the Video Gallery of previous YFS winners here