On Saturday, March 4 th , the Reel Youth Film Festival, in partnership with the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) will provide a stage for young filmmakers to showcase their work. The event takes place at 7pm, at Cumberland Community School, Beaufort Gym and is a fundraiser for the CCSS Youth Centre.

The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth under 20. Chosen by a youth jury from over 1,300 submissions and 20 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a zombie musical, an ode to ageing from Taiwan, a Russian animation on how-to-fit-in, or an over-zealous house painter drama from Denmark, laughing and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival.

Included in this year’s festival are three films submitted by local Comox Valley Youth.

Sienna Orbell is an 18 year old from Courtenay, BC. What she loves most about filmmaking is the ability to tell a visual story in a short amount of time. Her film documents the lack of education on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in elementary schools.

Kat Craats is a 19-year-old photographer and filmmaker from the Comox Valley. Kat is currently in her second year of a commerce degree at the University of Victoria where she is avidly involved as the Director of Photography and Media with the Commerce Students’ Society. Her passions lie in the outdoors, and she is never too shy to express that passion. Kat hopes to pursue a career in marketing and/or graphic design that incorporates her love for arts and nature. To view more of her creative work, visit katcraats.com .

Tao Werner has entered a film each year to the Reel Youth Film Festival. He has consistently won the Audience Choice award and his first year running, his film entry was selected by the youth council to be included in the travelling festival. Come out and see what he has selected for us this year.

The Reel Youth Film Festival empowers young artists to express their creativity, entertain audiences, and share their visions for a more just and sustainable world. The festival is a model for community engagement, a celebration of youth culture, and a sho wcase for the richness and diversity of a new generation of filmmakers.

Tickets for the Festival are $7 for adults and $5 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com
This event would not be possible without the generous support from our local sponsors, First Credit Union and Shoreline Orthodontics. Major sponsors of the festival include the Vancouver Foundation and Tides Canada Initiatives.