During Reel Focus, students in grades 4-7 attend a film program and a workshop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Instruction is tailored for your age group. The day starts at 9:45 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. Classes attending a 10:00 AM screening will participate in an 11:45 AM workshop; classes participating in a 10:00 AM workshop will attend an 11:45 AM screening. There is a short break for a half an hour between activities, and the day ends at 1:00pm. 

Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities and resources. 



MONDAY APRIL 11 - FRIDAY, APRIL 1510:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Roundhouse Community Centre

Animation Sensation







Monday, April 11

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

Experimental or straightforward, this collection of animation boasts a bevy of fun and fantasy. Join us on a journey to Uruguay, Argentina, Iran, and the U.S. Meet a black crow searching for its identity and a young girl discovering the meaning of home. See what happens when a child decides his feet will never touch the ground.

Themes: friendship, identity, nature, fantasy, abstraction, humour, personal journeys


Doc Day






Tuesday, April 12 

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

Explore the joys and challenges that youth face around the world in this collection of award-winning documentaries from Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. Meet an undocumented child, a twelve-year-old animal rights activist, and imagine what it’s like to see auras. This is real life at its best! 

Themes: hard work, human and animal rights, humour, companionship, being true to oneself


Unexpected Changes





Wednesday, April 13 

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

When something comes up out of the blue, how do you cope? What do you do to move forward? Follow the stories of a refugee who will risk anything to go to school, a man who discovers the possibilities of a blank piece of paper, a girl with a wild imagination, and a ghost.

Themes: identity, change, coping, family relationships, imagination


Window to Another World







Thursday, April 14  

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

Everyone has different life experiences and challenges. One person’s nightmare is another person’s dream. Things that seem everyday for some of us, are a struggle for others. The films in this program provide a glimpse into the worlds of an aspiring jazz singer, a father who learns an important lesson, and children in a remote village that become connected to the internet for the first time.

Themes: aspirations, confrontation, acceptance, new perspectives


Finding Your Place







Friday, April 15

THIS IS A PRO-D DAY FOR VSB (please double check your dates when booking)

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

We all want and need praise, recognition and acceptance, but what happens when you don’t fit in? How do you find your place in the world? The characters in this program include a wannabe basketball player, a boy coming to terms with his unconventional family, and a girl challenged by life on the road. 

Themes: identity, family, belonging, community




digital filmmaking
In this interactive workshop, the class will learn the functions of a digital video camera, and a few insider tricks. Then students will break into small groups and film short scenes on their own throughout the Roundhouse.

cut-out animation
A variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials will be used to create characters and sets. In small groups, using video capture techniques, students will be taken through the steps of creating a short story. 

Students get animated! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide, disappear and fly through the air. This is a great introduction to special effects and stop-motion animation.

objects in motion
Using everyday office and school supplies, students will animate objects in new, interesting and imaginative ways.

Using paper and pencils, students will create traditional storyboards with stick figures and shapes, and learn how to organize their ideas for a film. The ability to draw is not required.

handmade film
Explore the art and history of cinema. Students will etch and draw on 16mm celluliod to create a collaborative short film. At the end of the workshop students will be able to see their work projected.

Students shape and mold characters with plasticine, and using stop-motion animation, will create short films in small groups. The plastacine is messy, and all kinds of fun!



Step 1 - Select the day or short film program you wish to attend
Step 2 - Select the workshop of your choice (be sure to select back-ups just in case)
Step 3 - Tell us how many students, teachers and parent chaperones will attend

Send the requested information to

To ensure fairness, we will respond to reservations in the order in which we receive them. In case Reel Focus is fully booked, you will be placed on a waitlist. When possible, workshops will be added to accommodate the waitlist.

The cost is $160.00 for up to 30 students. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card (additional fees apply), and must be made within two weeks of receiving your invoice. We require a minimum of one adult per 8 students, to a maximum of 8 adults at no charge. An invoice, itinerary, and study guide will be provided. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration must be cancelled at least two weeks in advance of the festival or the full fee will be charged. There is a 30 minute snack break between the film and workshop. A courtyard is available for classes to eat outdoors, or you are welcome to stay in your workshop area during the break.


Please note: program subject to change.