Reel Youth Film Festival

International Shorts
Country of Origin: Various
82 min.
Rated PG - Violence, Coarse Language

The Reel Youth Film Festival is a collection of short films made by emerging youth filmmakers from around the world. Chosen by an international selection panel from 400 submissions and 30 countries, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted group of young media-makers. This year we are featuring 25% BC films, 50% Canadian films, and Indigenous stories from across Turtle Island.

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Pitoc e icinakosian THUMBNAIL

Pitoc e icinakosian

Director: Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé, Gerry Ottawa / Canada, 2020, 6 min.

In this portrait of an Atikamekw family, Gerry and their big brother Jos show us that there is more to being different than discrimination and harassment. Learn More...



Director: Elina Villemure, Noah Harrison / USA, 2021, 3 min.

Robots don’t always make the best decisions, and when this one makes the questionable choice to experience human emotions, it is in for one wild ride. Learn More...

A Letter to Hong Kong THUMBNAIL

A Letter to Hong Kong

Director: Wynne Kwok / Canada, 2020, 2 min.

Shot in beautiful Super 8, this film explores the tides of feelings of a young woman who was lucky to leave Hong Kong, but whose heart is still there. Learn More...


All Alone

Director: Mackenzie Dy / Canada, 2021, 3 min.

A young boy faces a future of solitude and isolation as he wanders a bleak new world in this sci-fi social commentary. Learn More...

Sophie and Jacob THUMBNAIL

Sophie and Jacob

Director: Max Shoham / Canada, 2020, 9 min.

Sophie and Jocob is an animated story of immigration and refuge, inspired by a true story of family and finding home, no matter the circumstance. Learn More...

Christopher Hunte THUMBNAIL

Christopher Hunte

Director: Tiffany Siu, Andrea Leung / Canada, 2021, 6 min.

Christopher Hunte, known in drag as Symone Says, knew he was different at an early age. This film profiles his experience as an "advanced queer" performer and Black man in Vancouver. Learn More...

The art of being in a world of not being THUMBNAIL

The art of being in a world of not being

Director: Soheil Soheili, Parsa Shojai, Alireza Ahmadi, Sajad Teymoori / Iran, 2020, 5 min.

Could art and theater be a way of escaping from inequality? In this Iranian film, a group of young actors adapt Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and in doing so run into, and over, gender norms. Learn More...

Witch's Hunt Day THUMBNAIL

Witch's Hunt Day

Director: Odilia Tanujaya / Indonesia, 2020, 3 min.

A quirky and determined young witch-in-training struggles to catch a little monster to fulfill her school assignment. Perhaps she would be better off NOT completing this assignment, anyways… Learn More...



Director: Prodipto Saha / Bangladesh, 2020, 5 min.

Amrita’s boyfriend has COVID-19 symptoms. Will she be able to manage her pandemic panic until she gets the test results? Learn More...

Kwenanetne THUMBNAIL

kʷənáŋət néʔ

Director: Marius Fernandes, Julian Fernandes, Anthony Fernandes, Malinalli Angulo, Weah Fernandes / Canada, 2020, 6 min.

Young Smokehouse is a modern day storyteller, using music to heal and empower Indigenous youth, even in the face of social isolation and the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More...



Director: Minerva Navasca / Canada, 2021, 3 min.

An experimental comedy that will un-school you in American manners. Learn More...

The Secret of Colors THUMBNAIL

The Secret of Colors

Director: Travis Nguyen / Canada, 2021, 8 min.

A college student finds himself in a dark place when he puts too much mustard on his sandwich - and his sweater suffers the consequences. Learn More...

Hahuupacakukqin THUMBNAIL


Director: Tim Masso / Canada, 2021, 4 min.

ḥaḥuupač̓akukqin is Hesquiaht for "our teachings informed by knowledge holders." Tim Masso’s film celebrates his Elders, his language, and Indigenous ways of knowing. Learn More...


The Moments

Director: Piotr Kaźmierczak / Poland, 2020, 2 min.

Empty beaches, the birds, and the sound of waves give time for reflection and silence. An animated poetic etude with dry pastels. Learn More...



Director: Harsh Khurana / India, 2020, 5 min.

A boy dreams of becoming a cricketer, but his life takes a turn. Is he doomed to have to let his dreams die, or can dreams and reality coexist? Learn More...

From the North THUMBNAIL

From the North

Director: Avi Maksagak / Canada, 2021, 5 min.

Emerging filmmaker Avi Maksagak weaves poetry with cinema in this tribute to her home in Nunavut. Learn More...

Music for the end of the world THUMBNAIL

Music for the end of the world

Director: Emmanuel Li / England, 2020, 7 min.

Would the apocalypse really be all that bad? Teenage Freddie certainly doesn’t think so, as he boogies his troubles away on a gorgeous sunny hill. But he can only outrun his troubles for so long. Learn More...


Please note this film can only be viewed in Canada when streaming on VIFF Connect.

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