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Reel Youth Film Festival

ALT | International Shorts | High School Outreach

The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together a collection of short films from across the globe - all made by youth. Chosen by a youth selection panel, this collection shows you the world through the eyes of a gifted group of emerging filmmakers.


Most of the films we see are made by adults – so what happens when young people sit in the director’s chair? The world looks very different to young people from Iran, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, China, France and the Ukraine, and their perspectives give rare insight into the next generation of leaders, change-makers, and visual artists. This compelling collection is packed with humour, courage, and inspiration for viewers of all ages.


Director: Maxence Pupillo / France, 2018, 3 min.
After failing his first breath-holding competition, Etienne tries again - but surprising things happen underwater. more...


Director: Hana Huang / China, 2019, 2 min.
A girl named Amo, born in a small town in China, tries to stop the loss of local culture. more...

Body Love

Director: Grace Larey / USA, 2019, 5 min.
A love story between a group of young dancers and the bodies they were born in. more...


Director: Yoo Jung Hong / South Korea, 2018, 2 min.
When other people’s judgments completely take over your identity, everything restarts. An animation. more...

Falling Deeper

Director: Ryan Chow / Hong Kong/Singapore, 2019, 5 min.
A solitary drone travels great distances, through magnificent mirages and imaginary scenes, as it seeks the meaning of its existence. more...

Freedom of Breath

Director: Yasin Farrokhi / Iran, 2019, 5 min.
"I wish life were like a movie. I would tell the editor to reverse it, rewind it, fade it to black." A young woman’s reflection on life in Iran. more...

Frozen in Place

Director: Sasha Argirov / Canada, 2019, 3 min.
A toaster-oven and a block of ice spell impending doom. more...

G.P.S. Girl Positioning System

Director: Alana Francis-Crow / USA, 2018, 9 min.
A bubbly, eccentric young woman tries to overcome her awkwardness to win over the girl of her dreams. In the process, she learns to embrace herself - awkwardness and all. more...

Home Sweet Home

Director: Sarah Andrews / UK, 2019, 2 min.
A group of discarded candies tries to make its way home. more...


Director: Sarah Andrews / UK, 2018, 2 min.
A lonely robot decides to try and build a mechanical friend. more...


Director: Kadence Kikoak, Bibiane Kamookak / The Inuit peoples of Gjoa Haven, NU, 2019, 4 min.
Jimmy Qirqqut, Elder at Gjoa Haven, NU, never went to Residential School and never adopted the "white man’s language." Instead, he grew up on the land - hunting, fishing, building Iglus, and speaking Inuktitut, the language of his people. more...

Marlene Heavyshields (Glowing in the Dark Woman)

Director: Jubei Quesnelle, Jayna Creighton-Fox / The Kainai First Nation, 2019, 6 min.
Marlene Heavyshields is a Blackfoot Elder and a survivor of the Residential School system. She shares her story of overcoming loss and trauma with a courageous heart and deep strength. more...


Director: Yegor Bondarenko / Ukraine, 2017, 4 min.
The life story of a bottle with dreams and aspirations. more...

Seventeen Percent

Director: Jacoby MacDonald / The Ojibwe, Sekani and Dakelh First Nations, 20018, 5 min.
Sekani reflects on moving to Vancouver from a small Indigenous community and navigating social services as a trans youth. more...

Super Grandma

Director: Isabella Spadone / USA, 2019, 3 min.
A grandma shows her granddaughter that nothing can stop you from having an adventure! more...

To You

Director: Amanda Blake, Maira Gimenes, Jin Lee, Emma Watson / Canada, 2017, 3 min.
Stories weave together as two teenagers reminisce about their past relationship. more...


Director: Alicia Holownia, Caitlin Mungall, Jessica Lau, Joud Shawwa, Paige Ingram, Sophie McLean / Canada, 2019, 8 min.
Two Muslim women recount their experiences of racism on public transportation. more...

u really hurt me

Director: Callahan Bracken / Canada, 2019, 1 min.
A boy fails to communicate with the world around him, and there are consequences… An exploration of misguided healing. more...

Wamin (The Apple)

Director: Katherine Nequado / The Atikamekw First Nation, 2017, 3 min.
"Wamin" means "apple" in Atikamekw: red on the outside, white on the inside. But to be yourself is the greatest revolution. more...

Better Off

Director: Jules Brown / USA, 2019, 4 min.
When their mother ends up in the hospital, two brothers explore the uncertainty of their future. more...

Human Box

Director: Tsai Chia-Jen / Taiwan, 2019, 4 min.
There is something creepy about the food supply, and public pressure puts a natural, healthy product on the shelves instead. But can companies ever be trusted to do the right thing? more...
Director Various
Country of Origin: Various
Year: 2019
Running Time: 83 mins
Classification: PG - coarse & sexual language; violence
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