On Saturday, March 7th, 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.

Most of the films we see are made by adults – so what happens when young people sit in the director’s
chair? The world looks very different to young people from Iran, Lithuania, the Comox Valley, South
Korea, and Vancouver, and their perspectives give rare insight into the next generation of leaders,
change-makers, and visual artists. The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, 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 group of discarded candies trying to make their way home, a lonely robot building a friend or
wondering what would happen if computers had feelings, laughing and learning are guaranteed at the
Reel Youth Film Festival.

This year we have 7 films from the Comox Valley as part of the festival. The films come from youth
throughout the Valley and showcase a variety of ideas: should we start smoking, how safe is the Comox
Valley, the importance of kindness, what would happen if the internet had feelings, an animation of the
pied pipers story, the adventures of a courtesy umbrella, and the effects of mental illness on day to day
life.

“The Reel Youth Film Festival is not only a way to support youth filmmakers, but it is also an awesome
date night for you and your teen,” says program coordinator Kate Ashton. “What I like best about it is
the amazing conversations that spark afterwards about a variety of topics that can be hard to talk about.
Mix these in with some very funny movies and you have a great night out.” The films are rated PG and
have mature subject matter. The movies are best suited for 12 and above.

The Cumberland Community Schools Society would like to thank First Credit Union for being an ongoing
and generous supporter of this event. Major sponsors of the festival include Tides Canada Initiatives and
Vancouver International Film Festival.

The event takes place at Cumberland Community School, 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. For more information please check out our
event on Facebook www.facebook.com/cumbycss

Kate Ashton

Program Coordinator, Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS)