The Reel Youth Film Festival is a touring festival of some of the world's best youth-made short films. Chosen by a youth selection panel, it is a diverse collection that includes all genres, celebrates youth culture, and showcases a new generation of filmmakers.

The festival kicks off annually at the Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada) and goes on to tour in partnership with screening partners across Canada and around the world. Overall winners are determined by cumulative audience votes.

The films that tour in the festival are chosen by
a youth jury. They rate all entries for originality,
entertainment value, production value,
creativity and the message portrayed. The top
rated films are then curated into a screening of
80 minutes of awesomeness. We value
innovation and inclusion and work to ensure the
festival includes First Nations, LGBTQ*, people
of colour, female leads and multi-abled

In order to be considered, all submissions must:

1) be made by people 19 years old and younger,
2) be under 10 minutes (including titles and credits),
3) be original video (video you shot yourself) or have permission to use,
4) have original music or music you have permission from the artist to use,
5) be in English or with English subtitles,
6) have an high-quality NTSC version of the film available.

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED, you must submit your film as a downloadable HD QuickTime File, either on Vimeo, FTP or by mail. NOTE: I can not download your film from FilmFreeway unless it is submitted from Vimeo with setting permitting download.

BY SUBMITTING YOUR FILM, you are agreeing to the following:

1. You give permission for your film to be a part of the Reel Youth “Best of the Fest” DVD, which is sold to help offset the cost of the festival tour. It will expose your film and filmmaking abilities to a wider audience.

2. You give permission for your film to be hosted on (via a secondary host such as YouTube) if it is selected as an audience favourite in one or more of the festival screenings.

3. You give Reel Youth permission to submit your film into other festivals.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about these conditions.

Overall Rating
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    Hong-Ruei Lin

    Thanks Reel Youth Film Festival for selecting Grown-up, It's a impressive experience to participate in Reel Youth Film Festival.
    No words can fully express my gratitude.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Hong-Ruei Lin! Audiences are loving your film Grown Up. We are so glad you found us!

    All Our Best,
    Erica Køhn, Interim Reel Youth Film Festival Director
    and the Reel Youth Film Festival team!