Reel Focus
Roundhouse Community Centre

Experience the best in new short cinema from around the world. Short film programs are geared toward youth and will be enjoyed by viewers of all ages. Films include animation, short drama, comedy and documentary, and deal with themes ranging from creativity to friendship and social justice. Screenings are followed by a Q&A session with some of the directors in attendance. Several workshops taking place alongside the screenings are available to school groups and home-learners.

You can download the REEL FOCUS FLYER here.

Please note:  the public is welcome to all Reel Focus film screenings.


[Please note: workshops must be pre-registered, and are for school groups only.]

Story Boarding

The ability to draw is not required for this workshop! Using point-and-shoot digital cameras, students will create storyboards and learn how to organize their ideas for a film.

Digital Filmmaking

Working in small groups, students will learn the functions of a digital video camera and make a short film.

Cut-Out Animation

Students will use a variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials to create characters and sets. Using video capture techniques and a basic animation station, they will be taken through the steps of creating a short story.


In this workshop, students will animate themselves! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide across the floor, fly through the air, and suddenly disappear. This workshop is a great introduction to special effects.

Handmade Film

Students will etch and draw on 16mm celluloid to create a short film. At the end of the workshop students will be able to see their work projected. This workshop explores the art and history of cinema.


Using stop-motion animation, students will shape characters with plasticine, and create a short animated films in small groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Within two weeks, a DVD copy of the work created during your workshop will be mailed to your school. For the Storyboarding workshop, students will be able to take their storyboards home with them.


Registration is easy!

1. Choose a day and film program and one workshop. We recommend you have a second choice, just in case the program or workshop is full.

2. Contact our Festival Coordinator at to register your class. You may also leave a phone message at 604-224-6162.

Due to the popularity of the Reel Focus program all reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure fairness, we will respond to reservations in the order in which we receive them.

3. We accept payment by cheque or credit card (additional fees apply). The cost is $145.00 for 25-30 students, or $135.00 for 24 students or less. Payment must be completed prior to the festival. Please note that refunds will not be issued if the number of students changes. Please let us know if you require alternative payment arrangements.