Youth Media Conference, Expo & Showcase



9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch break from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) 
YFS  | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (please RSVP if your group or part of your group is staying)
Play Your Gender | 6:30 PM (tickets sold separately; regular ticket and group rates apply)

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This year we have a focus on 'Women in Media'. This program includes a digital literacy panel, interactive presentations, our annual career fair, a program of short films, and the presentation of youth-made films. As responsible digital citizens, students must acquire digital literacy skills that include the ability to create and share messages, using language, graphic design, sound, and moving images. Developing these skills is invaluable for participating in our communities, culture, and the media landscape. The 4th annual R2R Youth Media Conference is designed to inspire young people to become creators, and will equip them with the tools to engage in constructive critique.

We invite students and teachers to attend the entire day of the Youth Media Conference & Expo. The Digital Literacy Panel: Women in Media is an annual event that offers a unique experience to focus in on a topic that is current and relevant to youth culture. The Behind the Scenes Expo will give students a chance to speak with industry representatives, post secondary schools, and more to learn about future employment opportunities in the film, television, and media industry. We will then dive further into representation with our short film program New Perspectives: Passing the Bechdel-Wallace. This exciting day will come to a close with our annual Youth Filmmaker Showcase.


Digital Literacy Panel: Women in Media
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

What happens when we reduce the experiences of women and girls to cliches or stereotypes, or silence them altogether? Women are seen on the silver-screen, and many of the top grossing films in recent memory star women (The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids, Hidden Figures). Yet women still face unprecedented hurdles to working at the top of their fields. While women generally may not receive recognition for their cultural contributions, they have always been present in every creative field (e.g. film, comics, games, literature, and music). We’ll focus the spotlight on some unlikely platforms (e.g. Youtube, Netflix, Kickstarter, and Patreon), which have allowed women artists and creators to shine. 

Panelists will discuss their role as filmmakers, and share their take on women’s representation in media. Students will walk away from the morning panel and afternoon screening with: concrete examples of gender imbalance in our culture, an understanding of how this gap is normalized, some uplifting data which indicates a cultural shift, and awareness of how they can participate in a positive shift toward equality. Join us to discuss these white hot issues!  The panel will be followed by a Q&A discussion with our guests.

New Perspectives: Passing The Bechdel-Wallace*
12:00 PM & 1:40 PM

A program of short films made mostly by female-identified filmmakers, who mostly happen to be Canadian! The Bechdel-Wallace Test was popularized in the early 90s. This simple test asks of every film: (1) Does it have at least two women in it that have names, who (2) talk to each other, about (3) something other than a man? Only about half of all films ever made meet these base requirements. The test is used as a tool to call attention to superficial and stereotypical female representation in film and other fiction. This short film program takes the test one step further, and asks if the film (4) includes women of diverse abilities, access, race, sexuality and gender presentation, and (5) do these women have complex experiences? With the knowledge gained in the morning panel, students will be able to critique the program’s content and are encouraged to discuss which parts of the Bechdel-Wallace test are applied, or not applied, in each film.

This program is a complement to the Digital Literacy Panel at 9:30 AM.

Themes: coming of age, family, memory, intersectionality, feminism, identity, female experience, diversity, historical trauma, friendship

Advisory: A few characters smoke (cigarettes) and appear to be underage.

Behind the Scenes Expo*
12:00 PM & 1:40 PM

Representatives from Vancouver’s film industry will talk with students about the range of opportunities, from sound design and make-up to visual effects and location scouting. Participants include: VFX companies, animation and CGI companies, post-secondary schools, unions/guilds, and more. Incentives will be provided to students to encourage a visit to all booths. If you’re interested in art, sound, screenwriting, computer programming, or video games, this event is for you!

Build your community with R2R and VPL! As an addition to the Expo, 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

*Students attending the 12:00 PM New Perspectives screening will participate in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 1:40 PM. Students participating in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 12:00 PM will attend the New Perspectives screening at 1:40 PM. The program activities end at 3:00 PM. However, students are welcome to attend the Youth Filmmakers Showcase at 4:00 PM. Please confirm when registering.

9th Annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase  
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Films made by youth highlight the quality of emerging talent in BC. Ranging from the political to the personal, these films speak to the technical abilities and storytelling skills of the young directors, editors, actors, and the camera, lighting, VFX and sound designers of tomorrow. This program is sure to inspire students to pick up a camera.

Are you a young filmmaker? This is your chance to show us what you can do with a camera, your imagination and maybe a little help from your friends. A jury of film industry professionals will select and deliberate on the finalists and winners. There will be a networking event after the screening and awards presentation. This is an opportunity to ask questions of professionals working in the industry. Meet and connect with other youth filmmakers, activists, and artists who are as passionate as you are.

All participants are encouraged to attend the Behind the Scenes Expo prior to the showcase and are invited as guests of R2R to the networking event after the YFS awards presentation. The jury will be on hand to provide one-on-one feedback to participating filmmakers. 

Note: YFS is an optional addition to the Youth Media Conference. Please let us know by April 4 if your pre-registered students will stay for this screening. Regular submissions for the Showcase close on January 29. However, for educators submitting on behalf of students, extensions may be granted upon request. Please contact education [@] if your students have completed work aftert this date. 


Play Your Gender*
6:30 PM

Filmmaker, Stephanie Clattenburg, and host of the documentary, Kinnie Starr, will join us for a Q&A after the screening.

*Tickets can be purchased separately. Regular ticket and group rates apply.

Less than 5% of music producers and engineers are women, even though many of the most bankable stars in the industry are female. Women are often the face of a band, but rarely write the lyrics, whereas men are often hired to do the technical work behind the scenes. The music industry has a massive impact on our economy and culture. The songs we consume and the musicians we revere attest to our value systems, and in turn reinforce our cycle of consumption. This exclusive feedback loop bypasses women’s talents at a structural level. Play Your Gender attempts to break that loop. Director Stephanie Clattenburg and musician Kinnie Starr highlight women’s achievements in the industry, and take us on a quest to understand how it came to be that the gendered authorship gap exists. These candid and insightful discussions, with some of Canada’s best known artists, will have you drumming along in your seat and leave you inspired to follow your art. 

Featuring: Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole), Sara Quinn (Tegan and Sara), Chantal Kreviazuk, Patty Schemel (Hole), Ndidi Onukwulu, Lily Frost, Megan James (Purity Ring), Rosina Kazi (Lal), Cris Derksen, Lowell, Little Scream, and many more!




$10 / student in advance (pre-registration is required)

Recommended for grades 8-12

Contact education [@] to register your class. Bookings will be received on a first-come first-served basis. We accept registrations from secondary schools, home learners (with a guardian), and individual students (with school and parental consent). Participants may join us for the entire day or for one portion of the program. Priority is given to groups registering for the entire day’s activities. Spend the entire day with us and explore your community!

Thursday, April 6, 2017
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
​Vancouver, B.C.

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

>> Program subject to change <<