Youth Filmmakers Showcase

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Thursday, April 16, 4:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE

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.

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. 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 (submissions for 2016 will open in July).

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 awards screening!  Download the 2015 flyer

The jury opted to give an award to every filmmaker in the showcase. However, the top adjudicated awards are as follows:

Best Use of Music and/or Sound Award
Prize: VideoMic GO, a Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from RØDE Microphones ($100)
Winner: ESCAPE SONATA
Finalé Best Use of Camera and/or Lighting Award
Prize: Up to 4 hours of online finishing & color correction at Finalé ​Editworks ($1,800)
Winner: TAG
Editing Award
Prize: One-Year Free Access to DOC BC Professional Development Workshops ($960)
Winner: RELOCATION
Acting Award
Prize: One complimentary set of 25x Headshot Repros at Rocket Reprographics ($60)
Winner: Stephanie Chow for OTHERSIDE (as the drug addicted girl)
Screenwriting Award
Prize: A writer’s mentor session with wrting mentor George Johnson ($200)
Winner: CATFISHING OR CATFISHED?
Best Direction Award
Prize: A one week rental of the Black Magic Camera from Annex Pro ($1,000)
Winner: DETECTIVE SHOLMES: THE CASE OF THE STOLEN COOKIES
Animation Award
Prize: One year full subscritpion to Toon Boom Storyboard Software ($1,000)
Winner: DAYDREAM
Best Documentary Award
Prize: One-Day Documentary Workshop at Pull Focus Film School ($119)
Winner: RAYMOND ROBERTS: A FRANK ROGUE
Audience Award
Prize: Festival Pass to the 2015 Vancouver Latin American Film Festival ($125)
Winner: YOUNG AND OLD
Best Picture Award
Prize: Non-exclusive international Video Out distribution and inclusion in the new media art collection/archive ​​+ a screening at VIVO Media Arts Centre with a transcribed interview with the artist/producer, to be featured on the VIVO website ($1,000) 
Winner: THREE.  
​Runner Up: TAG

 

THE 2015 YFS FINALISTS

TERRY: A SPACE EXPLORATION
Raine LeMay, Grace Shields | 4:10
A space explorer returns to earth on a mission to find a valuable artifact. 

KUNG FU FART: BAD NINJA
Daniel Elston | 1:53
Bad ninja packs a potent kick! 

UNCAGED
Mark McGovern | 2:51
Something meant to be locked up has escaped.

FINDING MACKENZIE
Penny Cornwall, Leah Kenney, Henya Rosen | 4:00
An unexpected event leaves Mackenzie with some unexplained happenings.  

PHONE ADDICTION
Jack Chen, Ken Dal, Max Cowan, Hsieng Chang | 1:34
Are you controlling your phone? Or is you phone controlling you? 

CATFISH OR CATFISHED?
Colette Griffiths, Lauren Balagno, Hannah Salcudean, Elyse Tsang | 5:07
Beware: Not everyone is who they present themseleves as online. 

DAYDREAM
Rachel Lum, Cathy Liu, Grace Hua, Sarah Jane Hyslop | 2:30
A high school crush plays out through a series of vingettes and animation set to original music.

TAG
Kat Skulsky, Jensen Pohl, Anna Gavin, Gina Gavin |5:30
An idyllic friendship between two little girls abruptly ends one summer day. 

IT'S UP TO YOU 
Roberta Williams | 4:43
A young dancer interviews her grandmother to learn more about the history of her culture and get advice.

CORPORATE HOSTAGE
Mark McGovern | 5:15
A man must find a way to escape a mysterious room he has been trapped in.

WATER PLAY
Stephanie Daniels, Nicola McDonnell, Kyla McDonnell | 2:07
W
ater fights can have dramatic outcomes. 

YOUNG OLD
Delaney Lathigee, Alina Bains, Jules Miller | 4:55
Elders and children often have more in common than they think.

RAYMOND ROBERTS: A FRANK ROGUE
Alex Trosok | 3:46
Raymond is a poet, musician, and performer. His pseudonym “Frank Rogue” is a very accurate descriptor for his personality. 

ONE OF GRANNY LIL'S AMAZING STORIES
Alex Heuman | 1:45
An interview with a grandmother reveals a suspenseful true story with a surprising end.

TANJA
Alexander Christine, Darragh Lysaght-Gordon | 3:37
Tanja grew up in Denmark in World War II, and never thought she’d be spending the rest of her life in Vancouver. 

RELOCATION
Kelly Anderson | 4:06
In order to help others understand the whole story, this filmmaker explains what happened to her people in 1964. 

SPRING CLEANING
Erin Hwang, Soyeon Hwangbo, Camille Point | 7:00
Letting go can bring a breath of fresh air and positive change, though it may not be so easy to move on. 

OTHERSIDE
Noelle Ho, Qlaoshan Yu, Stephanie Chow, Kevin Ding, Brianca Chow | 3:17
With express consent from Macklemore’s manager to use his music, Otherside is a dramatic re-rendering of his provoking lyrics seen through the eyes of a ballet dancer.

WRONG WORDS
Aya Cottle, Soyeon Hwangbo, Vanessa Kwan | 1:00
Words often leave marks that we can’t always see.

THREE.
Rachel Lum, Leah Kenney, Elizabeth Stephens, Nora Brownell | 5:39
Living with obsessive compulsive disorder takes its toll. Takes its toll. Takes its toll. 

ESCAPE SONATA
Janette Budic, Erica Forest, Peter Budic | 2:23
A young dancer and her brother face the challenge of an absent loved one. 

DETECTIVE SHOLMES: THE CASE OF THE STOLEN COOKIES
Henya Rosen, Grace Hua, Cathy Liu | 3:38
A throwback to the physical comedy of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton--Detective Sholmes must find out who stole the cookies.

THE 2015 YFS JURY

Shauna Jean Doherty, MFA
Shauna Jean is a freelance curator and art critic that hails from Toronto, and is now based in Vancouver. Her academic and curatorial interests rest within the field of new media art and video out. Her latest exhibition, Curatorial Incubator V.12: In Perpetual Search for The Self, is being showcased at Vtape in Toronto. She received her MFA in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice in 2014 from OCAD University (Canada’s largest and oldest educational institution for art and design). Shauna Jean has written exhibition and book reviews for publications which include: the Journal of Curatorial Studies, C Magazine, and Daily Serving. She has also worked in the Education Department of the Art Gallery of Ontario and as a program assistant at Hamilton Artists Inc.  

Ann Marie Fleming
Ann Marie is an award-winning Canadian independent filmmaker, writer and artist, born in Okinawa, of Chinese and Australian parentage. Her film work incorporates various techniques: animation, documentary, experimental, dramatic, and primarily deals with themes of family, history and memory, and issues of hybridity.  Ann Marie has made lots of very cool films and other work. Reel 2 Real has had the pleasure of showing two of Ann Marie’s animated short films in recent years: in 2014, “Big Trees” and in 2011, “I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors”, which, among honours from other festivals, won best animated film at Reel 2 Real. She’s working on Window Horses, a feature length animated film, which seeks to build bridges across cultures and generations through the magic of poetry.

Tony Westman, DGA, DGC, CSC
After graduating university, Tony worked as a freelance photographer for the Montreal Star and the Vancouver Province, and anyone else that needed photographs. As luck would have it, the National Film Board of Canada hired him as an assistant cameraman, where he went on to photograph and eventually direct numerous documentaries: Salmon People, Beluga Baby and Family Down the Fraser. In the 1980s, Hollywood began using Vancouver as a branch plant, which allowed him to work on numerous TV productions and feature films, as both Director and Cinematographer. Currently Tony is an instructor in Cinematography at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.

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View the Video Gallery of previous YFS winners here