Reel Focus

April 15-19, 2013
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

Experience the best in new short cinema from around the world. Films include animation, short drama, comedy and documentary, and deal with a variety of themes. Screenings are followed by a Q&A session with some of the directors in attendance. 

short film program + workshop = reel focus
During Reel Focus, Grade 4-7 classes attend a short film program and a workshop. The day starts at 9:45 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Classes attending the 10:00 am screening will participate in a workshop at 11:45 am, and vice versa. Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. Registration details are listed at the bottom of this page.


MONDAY, APRIL 15, 10:00 am & 11:45 am - "Sounds Like" Music: Short Film Program
Music, often used to underscore films, takes centre stage in these shorts. This program will leave your voice humming and your feet tapping with its irresistible tunes and tales.

Themes: confronting death, adventure, imagination, history, innocence, friendship and communication.



TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 10:00 am & 11:45 am - Wild Child: Short Film Program
Get in touch with your wild side with these films that explore our animal nature. These stories about feral children, woodland witches and little vampires will test the boundaries of our orderly lives.  

Themes: change, fantasy and magic, acceptance, courage, exploration and human nature.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 10:00 am & 11:45 am - Animation Sensation: Short Film Program
This program of films is quirky, beautiful, and hilarious. An international array of animators bring us stories that are touching, enchanting and at times just completely bizarre!  

Themes: fantasy, insecurity, resilience, interconnectedness, death, friendship, isolation and approval.
Note: The Sardine Tin and Happy Life each contain a brief scene of partial nudity.


THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 10:00 am & 11:45 am - Doc Day: Short Film Program

These documentary films will open your eyes, not just because of the worlds that they expose, but because of the creativity with which they are filmed. Appreciate how the filmmakers use colour, animation, interviews, and even dance to bring you to the heart of their stories.

Themes: disability, passion, courage, religion, tolerance, truth, diversity, memory and loss.


FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 10:00 am & 11:45 am - How We Relate: Short Film Program
It’s all about relationships: how we connect across the gulfs between us, be they physical, emotional or generational. These five films celebrate the capacity of our imaginations, and how they bring warmth to our relationships.  

Themes: friendship, love, disability, family relationships, health, courage, adversity and creativity.    

NOTE: This is a Pro-D day for public schools; we encourage Home learners, private schools and learning centres to attend on this day.

Registration is easy!

1. Choose a film program (above), and have a back-up.
2. Select your top three workshops. We'll try to accommodate your first choice.
3. Tell us how many students and teachers or parent chaperones will attend.
4. Send the information requested above to our Festival Coordinator at 

The cost is $145 for up to 30 students.

Payment can be made by cheque or credit card (additional fees apply), and must be made within two weeks of receiving your invoice.  We require a minimum of one adult per 8 students, to a maximum of 8 adults at no charge.  An invoice, intinerary and study guide will be provided.  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. In case Reel Focus is fully booked, you will be placed on a waitlist.  We will add workshops where possible to accomodate the waitlist.  Registration must me cancelled at least two weeks in advance of the festival or the full fee will be charged.