Youth Filmmakers Showcase

 

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Thursday, April 12, 4:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE

Celebrating 10 years, YFS spotlights the storytelling skills of emerging talent in BC. Ranging from the political to the personal, this program is sure to inspire students to pick up a camera. Adjudicated by industry professionals, this screening of shorts is followed by an awards presentation. Some of the prizes include: a Gear Base camera rental package, professional actor headshots, Toon Boom animation software, or a place in The Cinematheque’s summer film camp! There’s also an audience award for the most popular film, and only those in attendance get to vote.

YFS is included in the day-long Youth Media Conference. Participants are encouraged to attend the Behind the Scenes Expo prior to the showcase to see world class Virtual Reality. See school programs for details.

 

THE AWARD WINNERS:

Music and/or Sound Award - A RØDE VideoMic GO, a Lightweight On-Camera Microphone from ADI
Winner: 
UNTITLED
Editing Award - 2.5 TB Hard Drive from London Drugs
Winner:
 TO YOU
Acting Award - One complimentary set of 25x Headshot Repros at Rocket Reprographics
Winner: 
MIDNIGHT MAN
Screenwriting Award A copy of "The Writer's Journey", courtesy of the Directors Guild of Canada + 10 tickets to the Vancouver International Film Festival 
Winner:
 CLICHÉ
Directing Award - Bursary to The Indie Filmmakers Lab summer program at The Cinémathèque 
Winner: LIFE GOES ON: JOHN DUB
Visual FX Award - Wacom Intuos Small Draw Tablet, provided by funding from the Directors Guild of Canada 
Winner:
A LITTLE TO THE LEFT
Animation Award One year full subscritpion to Toon Boom Harmony Essentials and Story Board Pro 
Winner:
TIME HAUNTERS
Documentary Award - Two-Day Documentary Workshop at In Focus Film School 
Winner:
GROWING UP WITHOUT A FATHER
Camera and/or Lighting Award - One producer membership + $100 equipment credit at VIVO Media Arts Centre
Winner: A LITTLE TO THE LEFT

Best Picture Award - One-Year FREE Access to DOC BC Professional Development Workshops  
Winner:
TO YOU

Audience Award - A workshop at Arts Umbrella 
Winner: MIDNIGHT MAN 

THE FILMS:

DEPARTURE
Jerry Liu, Arell Bryski, Nikki Hakimi, Sebastian Marin, Aidan Clarke Scott, Camisha Rahmatian, Jacob Feng | 4:27 |
 Embarking on a journey of self discovery, a young girl leaves her family and home for Vancouver. 

MIDNIGHT MAN
Nathaniel Letkeman, Diego Mazarella, Angus Stuyt, Jack Freeman, Matt Pogany | 4:14 | Say it three times and the legend of the Midnight Man might just come true.

IN ONE WORD: NO FEAR
Natalie Cheng, Jess Xie, Manny Li, Michelle Kim | 1:53 | A young dancer discusses what it means to grow and overcome fear in order to pursue your passion.

THE FIFTH
Jack Morin, Aiden Carere, Lauren Mounzer, Jerry Liu | 5:50 | Struggling through a moment of self-doubt, a young musician searches for confidence to take the stage. 

OBVIOUSLY FINE
Danielle Brady, Shannon Song, Xavier Smith | 4:29 | A doting and romantinc young woman thinks she finds her dream boy. A quirky musical infused with 50's style.
THE JACK IN THE BOX
Rachel Jiang | 1:50 |
 Baby goes on an epic adventure into Jack's box. What will baby find inside?
UNICORN HAIR
Malachy Ferguson, Sheena Jiang, Paul Moon, Sarina Chung, Anthony Botsford, Anders Reely, Violet Young | 3:28 | Scheming and maniacal, a power-hungry scientist captures a unicorn in a dark tower.

CONVERSATIONS
Michelle Kim, Manny Li, Amy Li | 2:26 |
 Women's conversations intersect on a range of topics from beauty standards and school pressure, to power and preservation.

THE NEW LIFE: IVETTE ALVARADO
Hediyeh Khodaei, Intranic (Anto) Youssef | 4:17 |
 Having fled the civil war in El Salvador, Ivette reflects on Canada's role in the refugee crisis and her philosophy on what makes a good life.

TO YOU
Maira Gimenes, Amanda Blake, Jin Lee | 2:50 |
 A couple re-tell two sides of the same love story.

GROWING UP WITHOUT A FATHER
Isaiah Charlie Matias | 3:24 |
 In this brave short, the filmmaker reflects on the effects of having a disappointing and unavailable father figure. Although challenging, the work is honest and provides hope for youth in the same position.
IN YOUR FACE
Lauren Manrell, Tatum Webster, Sana Arora, Ceilidh Mckay | 1:00 |
 This thoughtful PSA draws attention to the harmful practice of labelling people.

PSYCLE
Joanna Zhuang, Chloe Costa, Yuheng Wang, David Chen, Ken Yang, Jennifer Pan, Cole Rajani | 4:05 |
 A young woman struggles with her mental health after the sudden death of her brother. By conversing with her alter ego through handwritten letters, she finds a way to cope with grief.

A LITTLE TO THE LEFT
Zack Alves & Sina Soltani | 2:41 |
 Extreme target practice takes on comedic tones in the forest.

CLICHE
Trevor Walls, Ethan Eigenfeldt | 7:00 |
 In the tradition of Scary Movie, this satire calls out all the tropes of the genre.

WATERFRONT
Tasha Stekl, Kiran Basra | 1:21 |
 A poetic examination of our relationship with water.

OUR WAY OF LIFE
Kelly Anderson | 5:00 |
 An homage to the filmmaker’s grandfather, his attachment to his Gwa’sala culture and his encouragement for his granddaughters' own interest and practice in their culture as well.

TIME HAUNTERS
Mary Li | 2:37 |
 Atmospheric animations punctuate the age old battle of life's accomplishments vs. time.

UNTITLED
Aerin Wu | 1:50 |
 This highly stylized hand-drawn animation captures ordinary life with beauty and wonder.

LIFE GOES ON: JOHN DUB
Moe Yang | 4:25 |
 Charismatic and optimistic, John Dub inspires audiences with his story of resilience and hope after his diagnosis of HIV+ at 29.

GARY, MARY, BARRY AND CRAIG
Ben Cockell, Sylvie Hopkins, Rani Li, Owen Liu, Carissa Clarkson | 7:00 |
 A filmmaker with a passion for the paranormal gives ‘haunted house’ a new meaning by tracking down a vampire-human couple who live with a ghost.
FIDGET SPINNERS
Bastien Dube, Jean-Jac Debruijne-Lam, Mattia Castrillo, Cabiria Granville, Amias Wong, Maia Costea | 3:29 |
 Peer pressure starts early. What lengths will Fred go to to be a "cool kid"?

 

THE JURY:

 

Kryshan Randel 

Born and raised in BC, Kryshan Randel has been making and watching films for as long as he can remember. Several of his short films have toured the genre festival circuit worldwide including Sitges, Fantastic Fest and Fantasia; and screened on Amazon Instant Video and the Sundance Channel. He is also the creator and producer of the Vancouver's fast film events The 24 Hour Film Contest and The Great Canadian Commercial Contest; and co-founder of the film program for vulnerable youth, Frames Film Project. As a director for hire, and IATSE 669 member, Kryshan also does freelance shooting and/or editing work for clients such as BBC America, Netflix, Legendary Pictures and Disney, and develops his own projects in between.

Milena Salazar

Milena Salazar is a Costa Rican filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. Her short documentaries Mars Barb (2015) and the award-winning Do I Have Boobs Now? (2017) have screened in festivals across the globe. She is regular contributor for the CBC Arts TV show Exhibitionists. A fellow of the 2016 Hot Docs documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program and the 2017 RIDM Talent Lab. Milena is currently developing new projects in Vancouver and her hometown of San José, Costa Rica.

Anaïsa Visser

Anaïsa Visser grew up all over the world, namely in Mozambique, the United States, then France, before moving to Vancouver to pursue an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Film, Video and Integrated Media. She dedicates all of her spare time to helping others make their independent films, and to writing, directing, and producing her own independent work. Her short script Send Us Smokes won the Hot Shot Shorts contest in 2016, and she was a finalist in NYC Midnight's 2017 International Screenwriting Challenge. Anaïsa received the 2017 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Film and Media, and won the Crazy 8's 2018 film competition for her script Bordered.

Based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content, the jury will award the prizes above. The Audience Award winner will be determined by you, the audience! Your secret ballot will be collected at the end of the screening--you must be in the audience to vote. See you at the movies!  

Build your community with R2R and VPL! The Vancouver Public Library will be offering programs for teens in their digital creation space, the Inspiration Lab. Join library staff for a whirlwind tour of the Lab, sign up to try out their Green Screen and filming equipment or learn the basics of audio recording in their sound booths. The Inspiration Lab is FREE to anyone with a library card.

Take a look at all the amazing sponsors who make YFS possible 

View the Video Gallery of previous YFS winners here