On Saturday, March 2nd, the Reel Youth Film Festival, in partnership with the Cumberland Community School Society (CCSS) will provide a stage for young filmmakers to showcase their work. The event takes place at Cumberland Community School, Beaufort Multi Purpose Room, and is a fundraiser for the CCSS Youth Centre. The doors open at 6:30pm with the films starting at 7pm. Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $5 for youth.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, cash only. To reserve a ticket, please email Kate at ccss.youthcoordinator@gmail.com

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. Chosen by a youth selection panel from over 1300 submissions and almost 100 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 will be nine films from Comox Valley youth:

Tao Werner is back for his 4 th year. His movie ‘A Piece of Clap’ is a comedic skit about the downside of having clapper lights. Tao likes to film as “maybe I suck at storytelling and this is another way of getting it out.”

Jaylene Kuo takes us with her on a school trip to Ottawa with her film ‘Encounters’.

Cole Stinson, from Black Creek, showcases life on islands from Haida Gwaii, Hornby and Vancouver Island with his film ‘Island Life.’ “Though there is not much heat, we get along just fine on our islands.”

Ainhoa Sanz and Victor Martinez’s film ‘Normal’ portrays how society has created stereotypes that damage how we see ourselves. “We want everyone to know that they are valid just the way they are.”

‘Fight over Fifty’ created by Brandon Myrbo is inspired by fights that used to happen in the lower field of his school. “Out of every art form that I have tried in the past, filmmaking is by far the one that I truly fell in love with. I want to make films for the rest of my life.”

Chelsea Agnew, 11, has created a stop motion world with special force stikbots that are on a mission to stop an evil ape, Dr. Banana, before he explodes the moon. She likes stop motion as “they are easy to create without the need for actors.”

‘Caged’ explores the ethics of keeping wild birds as pets. Islay Mckechnie is passionate about devoting her life to connecting and collaborating with others through art and storytelling. She would like you to know that the ‘s’ and ‘y’ in her name are indeed silent.

Lea Sapphires film ‘Bad Child’ asks us the question ‘”What causes us to push aside our creative nature in order to replace it with societies picture perfect version?”

‘Needles’ questions our personal stereotypes and assumptions, created by Zaylon Provencher.

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. Come and support these amazing new filmmakers and watch their films! There is an Audience Choice award so make sure you vote for your favourite film. This is a great night out for parents to bring their preteens and teens, or for anyone wanting to see some amazing film work. The films are rated PG but have some adult themes.

We have been very lucky to have First Credit Union and The Update Company be ongoing sponsors for the Reel Youth Film Festival. This event would not be the success it is without their generous support. Major sponsors of the festival include Tides Canada Initiatives and Vancouver International Film Festival.

For more information please check out our event on Facebook www.facebook.com/cumbycss or contact Kate Ashton, CCSS Program Coordinator at ccss.youthcoordinator@gmail.com


Kate Ashton

Program Coordinator , Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS)