Reel Youth Film Festival 2020

International Shorts | ALT
Country of Origin: Various Countries
88 min.

The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth. Chosen by an international youth selection panel from over 1300 submissions and almost 100 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a Black woman’s story of attending a predominantly white college, a young man with autism enduring a bus ride, or stories of youth around the world adapting to COVID, laughter and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival.

Monochrome THUMBNAIL


Director: Trinity Hearns / USA, 2019, 9 min.

This is the story of Essence, a 17-year-old black girl who’s recently transferred to a primarily white boarding school. more...



Director: João Filipe Santiago / Brazil, 2019, 7 min.

A bored monkey finds a hungry baby alien - but what do aliens eat? more...


Home Work

Director: Bimal Poddar / India, 2020, 4 min.

While the country shuts down to contain the pandemic, one woman responds creatively to the concept of working from home. more...

Tundra Buster THUMBNAIL

Tundra Buster

Director: Alonak (Bradley) Maghagak, Kapolak (Josh) Angohiatok, Hogalok (Carter) Lear / Canada, 2020, 6 min.

Elder George Angohiatok (Pamiok) is known for the land he loves, the Tundra. Fluent in the language of the land, Tundra spends much of his time in nature observing, travelling, hunting and helping out others. Created by new filmmakers in Cambridge Bay, NU, with Reel Youth. more...


Next Stop

Director: Jaume Subirós / Spain, 2019, 3 min.

When two girls look at each other on the subway, the world seems to stop as they dream of breaking with routine. more...



Director: Rob Plaza / Australia, 2019, 4 min.

We are a constantly evolving culture. A culture eternally cycling, dying, and being reborn. The cities we live in, the jobs we have shape our direction, but are we heading in the right direction? There is a constant noise of machines and growing infrastructure that we sometimes forget what silence sounds like. more...

I'll Call You Later THUMBNAIL

I'll Call You Later

Director: Maria Scutaru / Romania, 2020, 1 min.

What does "later" mean to you or your grandparent? Sometimes, the gap between intentions and reality is wide. more...

Little Swallow Coming Home THUMBNAIL

Little Swallow Coming Home

Director: Yushang Ni, Sinian Gu, Ruihan Zhang, Xiaomang Fang, Yanbing Lu, Zhaoying Lv / China, 2019, 10 min.

Many years ago, she left home in anger because of her grandmother; now, she sets foot on the way home, also for her grandmother. more...

Indecisive THUMBNAIL


Director: Fedawak Gemechu / Ethiopia, 2019, 3 min.

A man finds a briefcase on a quiet street. The decision whether or not to pick it up will change his life. more...


Dirty Water

Director: Raphaël Probst / Switzerland, 2020, 5 min.

One year after the collapse of society, he uses art to forget about loneliness and the new world around him. A futuristic and dystopian short film… or maybe just a realistic one? more...



Director: Ralitsa Hristova Aleksieva / Bulgaria/Canada, 2019, 3 min.

A lonely man is saved by his love for his work. more...

A Piece of Land THUMBNAIL

A Piece of Land

Director: Ranja Ali / Iraq, 2019, 3 min.

Ahmed flees his war-torn homeland of Syria and faces discrimination in Iraq. The people of the new society he joins make it impossible for him to move on and begin a new life. more...

No Cash, No Lash THUMBNAIL

No Cash, No Lash

Director: Christopher Riaz / Canada, 2019, 6 min.

For Christopher Hunte, drag is a business, not a lifestyle. Christopher lets us watch as he transitions into Symone Says, and lets us in on stage life. Created in an intergenerational LGBTQ+ film program with Reel Youth, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and Love Intersections. more...

Not Quite Here, Not Quite There THUMBNAIL

Not Quite Here, Not Quite There

Director: Diana Piña, Emily Ponce, Kianna Teachout / USA, 2019, 5 min.

Media representations of immigrants dehumanize the people they portray. Not Quite Here, Not Quite There is a visual companion to a poem written by Diana Peña, focusing on the undocumented experience. more...



Director: Joe Blandamer / UK, 2019, 5 min.

A simple bus ride can be a highly stressful experience. more...



Director: Liv McNeil / Canada, 2020, 4 min.

This film follows a character in isolation, coping with the daily monotony of COVID social distancing, until she reaches a breaking point. more...


My Culture

Director: Youth in Kugluktuk / Canada, 2019, 3 min.

Inuit youth speak to what their culture means to them, in this portrait of life in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Created with Reel Youth. more...

The First Snow THUMBNAIL

The First Snow

Director: Emily Kim / USA, 2019, 7 min.

Sometimes it takes a couple awkward moments, a difficult self-confession, and a touch of magic in the air for love to finally feel right. more...


Please note that VIFF 2020 online films can be viewed in British Columbia only.