Profile: Reel Youth (British Columbia, Northern Territories & International)

12 04 2012

Profile: Reel Youth
Status: Reel Youth is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives
Community served: Youth, adult mentors, community groups, First Nations, social and environmental organizations.
Regions served: Currently: BC,  northern territories, several international projects.
Language used: English
Arts focus: Digital media (animation, video production, social media, etc.)
Summary of Main Art Activities: Our stop-motion animation, video production, photography and hip-hop video programs empower participants to create their own media, engage communities, and play a meaningful role in inspiring positive change.

Reel Youth facilitators are artist mentors fluent in providing a fun and engaging experience for participants to explore the media arts. They have been trained to mentor the creation of powerful media, while leaving creative control in the participants’ hands.

Over the past six years, Reel Youth has produced over 800 films with 2,500 people in BC, Alberta, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Morocco, Vietnam, India and Nepal. All programs are customized to meet the specific needs and desires of each community.

Programs are often followed by the Reel Youth Film Festival, a celebration of short films made by youth 19 years and under. Insightful and entertaining, the touring festival collects films from across Canada, the US and abroad to put together an engaging program of some of the best youth filmmaking today.

Mandate: To support youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most.
Contact: Mark Vonesch, Director
Phone number: 778-888-7335
Address: c/o Tides Canada, 400-163 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

-submitted by Zoe Miles, Film Festival Director and Programs Manager, Reel Youth

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