The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth
Know a young cinephile? Consider accompanying him or her to the Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth, which features culturally diverse programming for youth audiences. The week-long festival takes place from April 13 to 20, with screenings happening at four downtown locations: Vancity Theatre (1181 Sweymour Street), Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe Street), and Cineworks (1131 Howe Street).
The festival opens with a special program of silent shorts on Friday (April 13) at 6:30 p.m. at Vancity Theatre. Not Just for Kids features live music by three-piece Alloy Orchestra, and includes Buster Keaton’s One Week, Windsor McCay’s The Pet, Artherne Swallows his Clarinet, and The Red Spectre.
Other highlights include a screening of Franziska Buch’s Here Comes Lola, which screens at Vancity Theatre on Saturday (April 14) at 4:30 p.m. This German film follows nine-year-old Lola, who comes to learn an important lesson on friendship after discovering that the one thing missing in her life is having a true best friend. Lost In Africa screens twice (April 15 at 3 p.m. at Vancouver Theatre and April 17 at 10 a.m. at Pacific Cinémathèque). This Danish film directed by Vibeke Muasya is about an 11-year-old boy, who travels to his birth country, Kenya, and ends up getting lost.
On April 18, young moviegoers can get a taste for documentary film with Doc Day, a program of six short documentary films geared towards young audiences. Meanwhile, those who are interested in the world of animation can experience a program of animated shorts, entitled Animation Fascination, on April 19.
The festival will close with two sceenings of the In It Together program, which features five short films with bizarre and thoughtful stories and characters.
Tickets to individual screenings start at $6 and can be purchased online.