The Reel Youth Film Festival ​will​ ​be​ ​shown​ ​at​ ​a ​local film​ ​night in March. Photo supplied

The Reel Youth Film Festival ​will​ ​be​ ​shown​ ​at​ ​a ​local film​ ​night in March. Photo supplied

​Cumberland​ ​Community​ ​Schools Society ​​seeks​ ​local​ youth films for Reel​ ​Youth​ ​Film​ ​Festival​

The​ ​Reel​ ​Youth​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​(RYFF)​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Cumberland​ ​Community​ ​Schools Society​ ​(CCSS)​ ​is​ ​once​ ​again​ ​seeking​ ​film​ ​submissions​ ​from​ ​local​ ​youth.

“Each year that we have hosted this event, we have doubled our local filmmaker content. This event continues to grow and we love being able to provide a venue for filmmakers to feature their work,”​ ​said​ ​Kate​ ​Ashton,​ ​program​ co-ordinator​ ​for​ ​CCSS.​ ​“Please​ ​help​ ​us​ ​spread​ ​the​ ​word to​ ​as​ ​many​ ​youth​ ​filmmakers as ​​possible.​ Films can be anything including music videos, skate videos, funny content and dramatic content. You can even use your phone if the resolution is high enough. This is the perfect activity to do over the winter break!” ​

Each​ ​film​ ​should​ ​be​ ​between​ three and five minutes​ ​long,​ ​and​ ​be​ ​created​ ​by​ ​youth​ ​19​ ​and​ ​under.​ ​Adult help​ ​is​ ​permitted,​ ​but​ ​must​ ​be​ ​disclosed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​submission​ ​form.​ ​

Submission​ ​forms​ ​and​ ​more information​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​by​ ​emailing​ ​Kate​ ​Ashton​ ​at​ ​ccss.youthcoordinator@gmail.com. The​ ​submission​ ​deadline​ ​is​ ​Friday,​ ​Feb.​ ​8,​ ​2020.

The​ ​Reel​ ​Youth​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​is​ ​being​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​Cumberland​ ​youth​ ​as​ ​a​ ​fundraiser​ ​for​ ​the CCSS​ ​Youth​ ​Centre.​ ​The​ ​film​ ​night​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​March​ ​2, 2020 at​ ​the​ ​Cumberland Community​ ​School.

The​ ​Reel​ ​Youth​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​is​ ​a​ ​non-profit​ ​whose​ ​mandate​ ​is​ ​to​ ​empower​ ​young​ ​voices through​ ​media​ ​arts.​ ​The​ ​RYFF​ ​has​ ​a​ ​yearly​ ​call​ ​for​ ​submissions​ ​and​ ​then​ ​their​ ​youth​ ​council decides​ ​which​ ​films​ ​will​ ​become​ ​part​ ​of​ ​that​ ​year’s​ ​festival.​ ​

The​ ​festival​ ​kicks​ ​off​ ​at​ ​the Vancouver​ ​International​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​(VIFF)​ ​and​ ​then​ ​tours​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country​ ​with​ ​a​ ​stop​ ​in Cumberland.​ ​​ ​Local​ ​films​ ​submitted​ ​here​ ​will​ ​be​ ​shown​ ​at​ ​our​ ​film​ ​night​ ​and​ ​then​ ​forwarded​ ​to the​ ​RYFF​ ​Youth​ ​Council​ ​for​ ​application​ ​to​ ​the​ ​2020​ ​touring​ ​festival.​ ​To​ ​view​ ​last​ ​year’s​ ​films please​ ​go​ ​to​ ​​www.reelyouth.ca

Major​ ​sponsors​ ​of​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​include​ ​the​ ​Vancouver​ ​Foundation​ ​and​ ​Tides​ ​Canada​ ​Initiatives. To​ ​become​ ​a​ ​local​ ​sponsor,​ ​please​ ​email​ ​Kate​ ​Ashton​ ​at​ ​​ccss.youthcoordinator@gmail.com