Youth Filmmakers Showcase

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Thursday, April 14, 4:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE

The 8th annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase (YFS) is a curated program which brings together the best film and video made by youth in grades five to twelve from across British Columbia. YFS is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to screen their films in front of a live audience, and have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other filmmakers and professionals.

Based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content, prizewinners will be selected by a jury of film industry professionals. The audience will also have an opportunity to weigh in and vote by secret ballot for the most popular film award. Only those in the audience can vote, so come out and support Vancouver's up and coming filmmakers!

This program screens as part of the Youth Media Conference for high school students and is open to the public. You are welcome to arrive early for our Behind the Scenes Expo at 3:00pm -- a career fair for the entertianment industry. have your questions ready, this your foot in the door to the career of your dreams! If you are interested in participating in next year’s edition of the showcase, send us your work. Submission guidelines can be found on the main YFS page.

Build your community with R2R and VPL. As a new addition to the Showcase, the Vancouver Public Library will be offering an introduction to their filmmaking resources on April 23, 2016, plus an opportunity to try out their Green Screen on April 27, 2016.  That's right, a special opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals and learn new skills!  This new Inspiration Lab has a Green Screen, sound booths, filmmaking equipment and editing software which are FREE to anyone with a library card.

THE AWARD WINNERS

Music and/or Sound Award - VideoMic GO, a Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from Trew Audio 
Winner: 
SNOWFLAKES
Editing Award - Seagate 2 TB Back Up Plus Slim stroage device and case from Best Buy 
WInner:
 IN TIME
Acting Award - One complimentary set of 25x Headshot Repros at Rocket Reprographics
Winner: 
CARCINOS
Screenwriting Award OPUS Art Supplies has provided storyboards, 12 pencils, a lined book
Winner:
aPENCIL
2 x 2016 Festival Pass to the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival  
Winner:
PIRATES and THE SENTINEL
Directing Award - Bursary to The Indie Filmmakers Lab summer program at The Cinémathèque
Winner: NIRVANA
Visual FX AwardWacom Intuos Small Draw Tablet, provided by funding from the Directors Guild of Canada 
Winner: 
MULTIPLE PERSONALITY (FOUR TOO MANY)
Animation Award - One year full subscritpion to Toon Boom Harmony Essentials and Story Board Pro 
Winner: 
MANGO
Documentary Award - One-Day Documentary Workshop at In Focus Film School 
Winner: 
THE ELLINGSEN BROTHERS
Camera and/or Lighting Award - A one week rental of the Black Magic Camera from Annex Pro 
WInner: 
EIDOLON 
Best Picture Award - One-Year FREE Access to DOC BC Professional Development Workshops  
Winner: 
LOSING LINKS
Audience Award - A filmmaking workshop at Arts Umbrella 
Winner:
aPENCIL
Runner Up
Tickets to the Vancouver International FIlm Festival - PROUD DAUGHTER
Tickets to Rio Theatre - EYES SHUT and DUCT TAPE

 

THE FILMS 

WE NEED TO TALK
Jacob Kaiser, Cooper Eskuri, Jerod Spence
| 2:14 | Confessing your true feelings can be difficult. Sometimes all it takes is a sincere conversation. 

MANGO
Raine LeMay 
2:43 | This slyly rendered, animated, comedy riffs on the Tarantino western Django Unchained. 

PIRATES
Peter Bundic, Kaiden Downie, Druv Kumar, Janette Bundic, Ava Frye, Erica Forest, Isabella Piombini, Maia Costea | 6:47 | Aye aye, matey! This stolen treasure will take teamwork to protect. 

DRIP 
Ethan Eigenfeldt, Bo Smith, Sasha Argirov, Cole Peterson, Ben Cockell | 4:14 On a sunny afternoon, driven to the edge of insanity, a man does battle… with his faucet. 

WHEN IT HITS IT HURTS
Kiley MacGowen, Tierney Schutz, Ivee Zhou | 1:00 
| Wear your helmet when you ride your bike, because when it it hits it hurts.

THE TIME WE BROKE UP
Maria Barr, Maya Huber, Kenza Zobaidi, Sophie Mitchell, Terran Camaclang | 4:38 After stumbling upon a watch with time-travelling powers, a heartbroken teen attempts to change his fate. 

IN TIME
Katharine Lee, Nikola Fok, Carly Wan | 4:39 
| Coming of age under the pressure of perfection can set a pace that is impossible to keep up with. 

NIRVANA
Kama Sood | 1:40 | The dark and emotional story of a man who finds peace at his favourite lake -- final peace.

CARCINOS
Max Berkowitz, Daria Safranova | 7:00 | A young man comes to grips wih the loss of a friend and his shortcomings in their friendship.

LOSING LINKS
Emilliano Urquiza, Mathew Symons, Natalia Urquiz, Coral Tepisic | 3:00 | A quotidian exchange between a mother and daughter highlights a loss of connection for this immigrant family.  

PROUD DAUGHTER
Arrthy Thayaparan | 3:28 | As a daughter of refugees tells her father’s story, we get a glimpse of the Tamil experience. 

DUCT TAPE
Jane Lee, Lollie Nguyen, Daria Azizian | 2:00 | Exceptional camera work tapes together a montage about the impact of bullying words. 

SNOWFLAKES 
Ria Jade, Keisha Gill, Peter Bundic, Janette  Bundic,  and friends | 5:04 | Dedicated to the parents of Amanda Todd, this song and video draws from the filmamker’s personal experiences. 

PAY IT BACKWARDS
Ryan Chow, Adam Genovese | 3:55 | You don’t need superpowers to be a good person. Give what you’ve got, and someday it’ll come back.  

EYES SHUT
Taylor Douglas, Ashley Kalla, Rose Wang | 2:49 | A student's negative self-projection corners her into an isolating experience, but she’s not the only one.

WV TIMBERWORKS 
Laura Solano | 4:11 | How many schools let you build a house? The Ace-It carpentry program at WVSS is home to a spirited group of talented teens who invite us into their world. 

SEEN
Zina Hossein Poor, Sean Sherst, Leo Pelissier, Ciaran Davis-McGregor, Sam Purac | 3:28 | Past and present styles of filmmaking mesh in this abstract experimental film which explores original ways of creating video. 

PERCEPTION
Jules Miller | 1:30 | Our senses help us percieve the world, but who’s to say what perception is? 

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY (FOUR TOO MANY)

Mark McGovern, Madi King | 1:43 | A cloned teenager learns that he can still have a relationship with a girl(s).

EIDOLON
Louise Bindon, Miele McGowan, Hannah Duggan, Shamali Bhalerao | 2:46 | Building to a decisive finale through a mixture of experimental images, rhythm and juxtaposition, Eidolon seeks to expose our relationship to the natural world.

THE SENTINEL
Dustin McCrindle, Daria Azizian, Ethan Woods, Emmett Halsall, Ryan Chow | 5:05 | Michael, a solemn teen, questions the validity of the virtual school he attends -- begging the audience to also question their reality.

¡VIVA LA REVOLUCIóN!
Nicolas Katasenko,  Alex Ballantyne | 1:31 | In a monochrome city under drone surveilence, an unsuspecting citizen receives the ability to add colour and balance the powers that be.

aPENCIL
Dustin McCrindle, Daria Azizian, Ethan Woods, Bryce MacGregor | 3:25 
| Biting satire and pointed commentary on our consumerist culture presents a “revolutionary" and "new” take on the pencil. It's aPencil. 

EXPLORING CREATIVITY
Camille Point, Cathy Liu | 7:00 | What does it mean to be creative? A scientist, a baker, a filmmaker, a beatboxer, and an artist all weigh in.

   

THE JURY

   
Cari Green    
Cari Green is a veteran producer who has worked with many award-winning directors. She is best known for: Songololo: Voices of Change (dir. Marianne Kaplan); The Washing of Tears (dir. Hugh Brody); The Learning Path (dir.Loretta Todd); Strength of the River (dir. Barb Cramner); The Corporation (dir. Mark Achbar); and Scared Sacred (dir. Velcrow Ripper). Most recently, she has produced, It Runs In the Family, directed by Joella Cabalu, and screening at R2R. It Runs in the Family is an intimate exploration of acceptance and the modern queer family in the Filipino diaspora.    
     
Carlito Ghioni    
Originally from Italy, Carlito’s experience is one that is caught caught between worlds. Merging technical and creative backgrounds, he writes and produces film and animation in both English and French. Familiar with the cultures of both North America and Europe, Calito’s artistic perspective occupies the gap between them. He brings a strong cultural heritage, and a keen appreciation for technical enhancement to his craft.    
     
Jay White    
Jay White is an artist and short film animator. His films have won various awards internationally, including Best Animated Short at the Worldwide Animation Festival (2010), and a longlist entry for a "Best Animated Short" Academy Award nomination. Jay teaches story- and animation-related courses at Emily Carr University.    

Based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content, the jury will award the prizes above. The Audience Award winner will be determined by you, the audience! Your secret ballot will be collected at the end of the screening--you must be in the audience to vote. See you at the movies!  

Take a look at all the amazing sponsors who make YFS possible 

View the Video Gallery of previous YFS winners here