FEATURE FOCUS

Feature Focus promotes a more in depth development of media literacy and critical thinking skills than Reel Focus - while broadening cultural awareness and global understanding. These weekday matinee screenings of thought-provoking films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, producers and actors for discussion about content, message and aesthetic. Viewing guides are provided to all participating teachers, offering  useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program's content into the classroom. Each school group registered for the film will also be encouraged to book a special edidtoin cut-out animation workshop, which will be offered at your school, post-festival (from April 10 to April 21). Please inform us of three potential dates when your class is available. There are two options for this program: attending the film on its own with a study guide (provided by R2R), or attending the film plus a workshop at your school (study guide also provided). See details below!
 

FEATURE FILM PROGRAMS

Treasures

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 | 10:00 AM | VIFF VANCITY THEATRE 
Country
: Mexico
Length: 95min
Recommended for grades 4-7.
In Spanish with English subtitles*

Trailer

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

Siblings Dylan and Andrea set out with their Mexican friends on a journey to discover missing pirate treasure. Along the way they encounter baby sea turtles, caves, and numerous other fauna and flora indigenous to the Pacific coast town of Barra de Potosí, near Acapulco. Blending documentary techniques and animated historical facts with cinematic realism, Tesoros invites us to explore the wonder of this natural paradise through the eyes of curious children.

Themes: nature, history, teamwork, environmental protection

Advisory: A dreaming child has a vision of a pirate watching him in his sleep which may frighten very sensitive children.

Classification: G

*Are you new to subtitled films? Don't worry! A limited number of VocalEye headsets are available for those who would prefer to have subtitles read aloud by an experienced reader. Please inquire at the time of booking to reserve headsets for those students who require support with English subtitles.

 

Cloudboy

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 | 12:00 PM | VIFF VANCITY THEATRE
Country
: Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands
Length: 77min
Recommended for grades 4-7.
In Dutch, Swedish and Sami with English subtitles* 

Trailer

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

Reluctantly visiting his mother, and her new family, among the reindeer-herding Sami of rural northern Sweden, twelve-year-old Niilas accidentally causes one of the reindeer to escape. He and his siblings set out on an adventure-filled search through Lapland’s scenic and tranquil terrain in an effort to return the missing animal to its mother. Cloudboy is a heartwarming story about the importance of knowing where you come from.

Themes: nature, Indigenous culture, family, cultural appreciation, self-reflection

Advisory: one instance of slapping and shoving; a boy almost drowns

Classification: G

*Are you new to subtitled films? Don't worry! A limited number of VocalEye headsets are available for those who would prefer to have subtitles read aloud by an experienced reader. Please inquire at the time of booking to reserve headsets for those students who require support with English subtitles.

Earth: One Amazing Day

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 | 10:00 AM | VIFF VANCITY THEATRE
Country
: UK, China
Length: 95min
Recommended for grades 4-7.

Trailer

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

The long-awaited sequel to BBC Earth Film’s Earth is narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford.

Over the course of a single day, Earth: One Amazing Day tracks the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, to the most glorious jungles. Astounding breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring the audience up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters: a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically, and a sloth on the hunt for love. Told with humor, intimacy, emotion, and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor, Earth: One Amazing Day spectacularly highlights how every day is filled with more unseen dramas and wonders than you could possibly imagine— until now!

Themes: respecting nature, survival, animals and insects

Classification: TBA

 

REGISTRATION

Contact education@r2rfestival.org to register your class. Bookings will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. We accept registrations from school groups, home learners and individual elementary school students with a guardian, and individual high school students with school and parental consent.

Feature Focus includes a feature film and a study guide for pre-registered school groups. 

PRICES

$5 Film (per student, in a group of 10 or more)
$10 Film + Workshop* (per student) 

*Workshop in your classroom
The workshop will be offered to your class at your school, post-festival (from April 16 to April 27). Please inform us of three potential dates when your class is available for the instructor.
 
Renowned filmmaker Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty is Reel 2 Real's Artist in Residence, and she will be offering a special edition of the Cut-Out Animation workshop. Students will experiment with archival photographs, painting, natural materials and movement, and develop a critical eye for visual storytelling. Canon Rebel cameras will be used, as well as DragonFrame animation software. This workshop is recommended for grades 4-7.
 
Workshop bookings will be taken on a first-come first-served basis. 
 
Please note: We encourage you to check your calendar for conflicts prior to registration. R2R requires a minimum of two weeks notice in order to cancel your registration and offer a full refund. This applies to all school groups.
 
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