Years running: 16 (since 2006)

Reel Youth Film Festival

International Youth Short Film Festival.


The touring Reel Youth Film Festival is screened across Canada and internationally, in partnership with established film festivals, youth media organizations, schools, and community groups.

Overall winners are determined by cumulative audience votes.


People’s Choice Award.


All submissions must:

  • be made by people 19 years old and younger,
  • be under 10 minutes (including titles and credits),
  • be original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use, and have original music or music you have permission from the artist to use,
  • have original music or music you have permission from the artist to use.
  • Subtitles language: english

There is no limit to the number of videos that you can submit. 

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail or use online platform Filmfreeway.

The festival premiers at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October (we announce the exact date in September). The Reel Youth Film Festival then continues to screen in communities across North America, until the following October.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official Website



400-163 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H5


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    July 01, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    January 01, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    May 01, 2021
  • Notifications
    September 10, 2021
  • Event Dates
    30 September — 15 October 2021
Categories & Fees

Short films (10 minutes max, the shorter the better) written, filmed and edited by youth aged 19 and under.

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — $7
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