Short Film Programs

Family Shorts + Pajama Party!

Saturday, April 11 | 11:00 AM | VCT
Recommended for age 4+
This program of short films has animals, trains, wind and robots take us on eventful journeys that will make both young and old laugh, learn, and ponder life's lessons. Come early for the  Pajama Party preceding this program. Anyone who is wearing pajamas will be offered free breakfast snacks with the purchase of Family Shorts program ticket. Otherwise the breakfast snacks are $5 (adults) and $2 (children).

Made in BC

Saturday, April 11 | 8:30 PM | VCT
Recommended for age 13+
With a distinctly west coast voice, this collection of films offers a diverse perspective on youth issues, identity, and community engagement. What’s important to local filmmakers? What inspires them? What moves them to point of creating a film? Join us for a robust Q&A -- you may even walk away with an idea or two of your own.


Sunday, April 12 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | RHCC
Special Price $5

This is an opportunity for the whole family to see an amazing selection of films from around the world. Add workshops that show you how to make your own animation using some wacky props, and paper cut-outs, and you’ve got a truly irresistible afternoon filled with activities.

Indigenous Spotlight

Sunday, April 12 | 1:00 PM | RHCC
Recommended for ages 6+ 
Screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY
This short film program invites young audiences to explore the joys and challenges of native experience in our world today. Join us on a poetic and spiritual journey that will spotlight the relationship between land and water, small miracles, dogs, and a polar bear.

Animation Investigation

Sunday, April 12 | 3:30 PM | RHCC
Monday, April 13 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | RHCC

Recommended for grades 4-6
​Screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools, and SUNDAY FUN DAY
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

Sunday, April 12 | 1:30 PM | RHCC
Tuesday, April 14 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | RHCC

Recommended for grade 4-7
​Screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools, and SUNDAY FUN DAY
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

Sunday, April 12 | 2:30 PM | RHCC
Wednesday, April 15 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | RHCC
Recommended for grade 4-7
Screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools, and SUNDAY FUN DAY
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 | RHCC
Recommended for grade 5-7
Screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.
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 protagonists follow their own heart, and find acceptance, and maybe even love, isn't far behind.

New Perspectives: Standing Up

Wednesday, April 15 | 10:00 AM |  VCT

Recommended for grade 8-12

​Screens as part of the YOUTH MEDIA CONFERENCE, EXPO & SHOWCASE for secondary schools.
Through narrative fiction, poetry and documentary, these short films reveal the courage and strength of young people who take pride in who they are, and stand up for themselves.

Conflict and Resolution*

Thursday, April 16 | 12:20 & 1:40 PM |  VCT  

Recommended for grade 8-12

​Screens as part of TALENT LAB for secondary schools.
Life is full of conflict, but it is how we deal with it that makes us who we are. These films celebrate the capacity of people to connect with each other across religious, racial, class and generational differences. Using humour and imagination, the protagonists find strength and common ground in the face of adversity and intolerance


Youth Filmmakers Showcase

Thursday, April 16 | 4:00 PM |  VCT

The 7th 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.


On Foreign Land

Friday, April 17 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | VCT

Recommended for grade 4-7

​Screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.
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.