During Reel Focus, classes 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. Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities and resources. When registering, please include your top three short film programs (listed below and on the right sidebar) and select your top three workshops (listed below). This will give us options to include your class, in case your first choices are not availabe. 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 $150.00 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.

Download the Reel Focus flyer here



Animation Investigation

Monday, April 13 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
friendship, First Nations traditions, nature, longing, fantasy, self-preservation, abstraction, family, and personal journeys

Partners and opposites attract to form unlikely connections in wonderous worlds and dazzling journeys. Sometimes experimental, sometimes straightforward, this collection of animation boasts a bevy of fun and adventure.



Doc Day

Tuesday, April 14 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Themes: friendship, compassion, hard work, poverty, companionship, humour, disability, and being true to yourself

Adventure awaits in Africa, Australia, India and North America! Pop ollies on skateboards, learn how to drive, bust gender stereotypes, prepare for the Olympics, and feel the importance of unconditional love. This is real life at its best!




Not on My Own

Wednesday, April 15 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Themes: perseverance, poverty, generosity, loneliness, family, and following your own path

Pushing through a difficult situation or challenge is sometimes made easier through a bit of teamwork. Friends are often the ones who can help achieve a goal, but they can also help change an attitude or outlook on life. The protagonists in these films discover that sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends. 



Just a Little Different

Thursday, April 16 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Themes: disability, ingenuity, illness, loss, loyalty, love, and individuality

Isn't it awful when you don't fit in? Sometimes the problem may be the way you approach it. What if you can turn this perceived negative into a positive? What if the thing that makes you different actually sets you apart in a good way? In these films the characters follow their own heart, and find acceptance, and maybe even love, isn't far behind.



On Foreign Land

Friday, April 17 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Themes: identity, cultural differences, racism, food culture, acceptance and love

Warning: This program may breed empathy and compassion. These stories are wonderful portals to the immigrant experience. They share the challenges, wonder, confusion, joy and laughter that many people experience as they struggle to fit into a new environment.





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.

Using paper and pencils, students will create traditional storyboards with stick figures and shapes, 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 plastacine is messy, and  all kinds of fun!



Step 1 - Select the day and workshop of your choice (be sure to select back-ups just in case)
Step 2 - Tell us how many students, teachers and parent chaperones will attend
Step 3 -
Send the requested information to

Download the Reel Focus flyer here


Please note: program subject to change.