Reel Youth Festival arrives in Cumberland

The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe. Photo submitted.

On Sat., March 3, 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 7 p.m., 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. Chosen by a youth selection panel from more than 1,500 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 an immigrant’s story of building a home in a new country, Iranian children finding love at a busy intersection, or fruits and vegetables enduring the hardships of kitchen-prison, laughter and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival.

Included in these films will be five films from local Comox Valley Youth: Tao Werner has entered a film each year to the Reel Youth Film Festival. He has consistently won the Audience Choice award and in his first year in the festival his film entry was selected by the youth council to be included in the travelling festival.This year he has created a music video for the song Murder of Crows by Corwin Fox.

As a 15-year-old filmmaker from Campbell River, Riley Teramura is the youngest filmmaker in the group.

“I got into filmmaking last year when I took the video production course at my school. I love being a director, actor and editor, but my favorite role is writing because I can come up the stories we film,” he noted. Teramura’s film explores the inner conflict between darkness and the light.

The impacts of sexual assault and the support victims need is told in Justina Scott’s film, It Can Happen to Anyone. Annelies Henckel is a 16-year-old student from Courtenay. Her film illustrates the struggle with depression and how it changes how we view ourselves.

Frank Goudie’s film The Aurum of a Hero showcases a girl’s inner conflict about her superpowers.

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 showcase 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 cumberlandcommunityschools.com This event would not be possible without the generous support from our local sponsors: First Credit Union and The Update Company. Major sponsors of the festival include Tides Canada Initiatives.

For more information, please contact Kate Ashton, CCSS Program Coordinator at ccss.youthcoordinator@gmail.com

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Valley fossil makes it to the top of the provincial list

Courtenay’s elasmosaur will be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia

New exhibition at Comox art gallery opens Feb. 19

Rainforests to prairie grasslands, a visual road trip at Pearl Ellis Gallery

Comox Valley Chamber looks back on recent achievements

Chamber of Commerce Week Feb. 18-22

What to do on Family Day in the Comox Valley

Looking for something to do this Family Day? Here are some suggestions:Courtenay… Continue reading

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read