Youth Media Conference, Expo & Showcase

Thursday, April 14 | VANCITY THEATRE
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch break from 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM) 
YFS   | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (please RSVP if your group or part of your group is staying)

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This year we have a focus on digital literacy with a panel, interactive presentations, our annual career fair, a program of short films, and the presentation of youth-made films. As responsible digital citizens, students must acquire digital literacy skills that include the ability to create and share messages, using language, graphic design, sound, and moving images. Developing these skills is invaluable for participating in our communities, culture, and the media landscape. The 4th annual R2R Youth Media Conference is designed to inspire young people to become creators, and will equip them with the tools to engage in constructive critique.

We invite students and teachers to attend the entire day of the Youth Media Conference & Expo. The Digital Literacy Panel is an annual event that offers a unique experience to focus in on a topic that is current and relevant to youth culture. With the #OscarSoWhite boycott in full swing, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement gaining traction with youth and lagging in the media we can't help but question how these cultural influencers intersect. Representation in Pop Culture is our focus for 2016. The Behind the Scenes Expo will give students a chance to speak with industry representatives, post secondary schools, and more to learn about future employment opportunities in the film, television, and media industry. We will then dive further into representation with our short film program New Perspectives: Representation in Culture. This exciting day will come to a close with our annual Youth Filmmaker Showcase.

Digital Literacy Panel: Representations in Popular Culture
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Every day we consume popular culture from TV, films, games and music. Media gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in fictional worlds, or experience the emotions of someone often different from ourselves. Pop Culture is supposed to represent the masses but what happens when your story isn’t told? What happens when you are invisible, silenced, or stereotyped in the media? Does it matter who creates the content we consume? Join our presentation to discuss these very issues . The panel will be followed by a Q&A with actors, media journalists, and industry professionals.

New Perspectives: Representation*
12:20 PM & 1:40 PM

What do a mouse, a veterinarian, Romeo and Juliet, a latin student, and a teen with accessibility needs have in common? In this short film program we'll explore how the directors of the films in this program chose to represent each subject and tell their stories. We'll take apart each narrative, and examine how it subverts or disrupts stereotypical portrayals of characters. Sometimes humourous and sometimes serious, representation matters, whether you're a mouse or a famous Capulet. This program is a complement to the Digital Literacy Panel at 9:00AM.

Themes: gender and sexual identity, conflict, overcoming obstacles, neglect, friendship, family, animation

Behind the Scenes Expo*
12:20 PM & 1:40 PM

Representatives from Vancouver’s film industry will talk with students about the range of opportunities, from sound design and make-up to visual effects and location scouting. Participants include: VFX companies, animation and CGI companies, post-secondary schools, unions/guilds, and more. Incentives will be provided to students to encourage a visit to all booths. If you’re interested in art, sound, screenwriting, computer programming, or video games, this event is for you!

*Students attending the 12:20 PM New Perspectives screening will participate in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 1:40 PM. Students participating in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 12:20 PM will attend the New Perspectives screening at 1:40 PM. The program activities end at 3:00 PM. However, students are welcome to attend the Youth Filmmakers Showcase at 4:00 PM. Please confirm when registering.

8th Annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase  
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Films made by youth highlight the quality of emerging talent in BC. Ranging from the political to the personal, these films speak to the technical abilities and storytelling skills of the young directors, editors, actors, and the camera, lighting, VFX and sound designers of tomorrow. This program is sure to inspire students to pick up a camera.

Are you a young filmmaker? This is your chance to show us what you can do with a camera, your imagination and maybe a little help from your friends. A jury of film industry professionals will select and deliberate on the finalists and winners. There will be a networking event after the screening and awards presentation. This is an opportunity to ask questions of professionals working in the industry. Meet and connect with other youth filmmakers, activists, and artists who are as passionate as you are.

All participants are encouraged to attend the Behind the Scenes Expo prior to the showcase and are invited as guests of R2R to the networking event after the YFS awards presentation. The jury will be on hand to provide one-on-one feedback to participating filmmakers. 

Note: YFS is an optional addition to the Youth Media Conference. Please let us know by April 4 if your pre-registered students will stay for this screening. Regular submissions for the Showcase close on January 29. However, for educators submitting on behalf of students, extensions may be granted upon request. Please contact education [@] if your students have completed work aftert this date. 



$10 / student in advance (pre-registration is required)

Recommended for grade 8-12

Contact to register your class. Bookings will be received on a first-come first-served basis. We accept registrations from secondary schools, home learners (with a guardian), and individual students (with school and parental consent). Participants may join us for the entire day or for one portion of the program. Priority is given to groups registering for the entire day’s activities. Spend the entire day with us and explore your community!

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
​Vancouver, B.C.


>> Program subject to change <<