Started in 2004, Reel Youth is a Vancouver-based media empowerment program supporting youth to create and distribute films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world.
Reel Youth works in partnership with other youth-serving organizations to facilitate mobile stop-motion animation, video production, photography and music video programs that empower young people with economic, social, or geographic barriers to create their own media, engage communities, and play a meaningful role in inspiring positive change. These messages are shared through community screenings, online distribution platforms, and as part of the youth-juried touring Reel Youth Film Festival (hereafter RYFF), a collection of youth-made shorts that celebrates and promotes youth film making.
With the Vancouver Foundation's support over the next 3 years, the project will engage 1600 youth to produce 300+ issue based films, reaching an audience of 360,000 people through online, DVD and film fest distribution. The touring Reel Youth Film Fest will be screened over 120 times in communities across Canada.