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Exciting Reel to Real Film Festival April 3-13

March 28, 2022

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Kids and the young at heart will enjoy films from BC, Canada, and around the world at this year’s festival. In-person screenings can be found at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. The films can also be streamed online from anywhere in BC.

Opening and Closing Reel to Real Films

To kick off the festival the opening film is the funny and quirky local movie Drinkwater, starring Eric McCormack (Will & Grace). Suitable for 13+yrs
Set in small-town British Columbia, Mike Drinkwater (Daniel Doheny), lives with his idiosyncratic and mostly absent dad, Hank (Eric McCormack)–both in desperate need of a role model.

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The Closing film is the Quebec production, The Time Thief. Suitable for ages 11+
In 1988, in Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, an eleven-year-old boy is worried for his grandmother’s life. Ill and weakened, the elderly storyteller tries to convince her grandson that Death no longer exists.
This film is only available for in-person showings

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The Time Thief

More Canadian and North American Premiers of International features:

  • Bigger Than Us (France) Produced by Oscar and César winning actress Marion Cotillard, about youth activists working to solve the world’s problems.
  • Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13 (Sweden/Norway) A young person tries to stay true to their gender experience.
  • Karmalink (Cambodia/USA) A Buddhist, sci-fi, live action drama that deconstructs the class disparities of Phnom Penh.
  • Martin and the Magical Forest (Mazel a tajemství lesa) (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany) A group of children overcome their differences to unite and protect the natural world.
  • The Path (Der Pfad) (Germany) It’s 1941.Twelve-year-old Rolf and his father leave their home to escape Nazi persecution.
  • Ziba’s Wish (Iran) When nine year old Matin finds out that his older sister has cancer, he resolves to grant her one last wish.
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Martin and The Magical Forest

Sunday Fun Day is back with a Pancake Breakfast on April 10th!

Located at Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown – this all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast starts at 10am. Viewers will find a short-film program, an Indigenous Spotlight, workshops in three different styles of animation, and the Youth Filmmakers Showcase. Enjoy it all for only $7.


  • 10:30 am – Mixed Bag Animation
  • 11:30 am – Big World Shorts: Showcases a variety of animation techniques, styles, and creative approaches from around the world. Films include: The Frolic (Taiwan) and The Dip (UK), featuring the mother of all “death drops” as a dancer strikes a pose and dramatically falls on their back. Through animation and comedy, short films invite us to expand our perspective and ask us to consider life outside of our immediate bubble.
    Canadian Premiere of Blue Curry (France); and Japan/China co-production, Thanks Again.
  • 12:30pm Indigenous Spotlight – True North Edition
  • 1:30 pm There’s More to Know: Is it friendship? Are they foes? Seeking a deeper connection, young people step outside their comfort zones to connect and foes stand off with one another.

Don’t miss this fantastic schedule. The Reel to Real Film Festival is a great way to introduce your children to the wonders of film. Check out the full festival schedule here.

Enter to win an Online Pass to the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth on our Instagram or Facebook pages. 

Carlie Parkinson


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