Big Stories from Little Filmmakers: The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth 2011

I love the creativity children bring to any event or process and volunteering with Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth 2011 was a great example of it. The festival, which ran from 9 til 15 April 2011, brought together a variety of film-related activities for young people to enjoy, from watching movies and asking questions at the Q&As to taking part in hands-on animation workshops.

During my first shift I assisted various little filmmakers with transferring their ideas for a short animation story into a stop-motion masterpiece. We used a setup with a camera and a laptop and within minutes the children created beautiful visual stories about ladybugs, snakes and other creatures which tended to get into all sorts of trouble. It’s great when kids get an opportunity to try out those kind of things (especially when it’s free of charge) and get inspired to develop their skills further as they grow up.

Another event which was really inspiring was the Young Filmmakers Showcase, a roundup of some of the best short films made by teenagers and children as young as eight. The quality of the scripts, filming and acting in the selected films from filmmaking workshops all over British Columbia was astonishing. It was a proud moment for the little directors, actors and screenwriters to accept their awards while their parents and the rest of the audience gave them standing ovations. Who knows, in a couple of years it could be some of those kids making it in the big, bold filmmaking world. I really hope so!

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