Short film programs

Family Shorts

Saturday, April 13 | 11:30am | Vancity Theatre
This program is full of adventures that are whimsical, bizarre and thoughtful. Made with very diverse techniques, these films will take you on many a strange journey.  Come early for the Pajama Party preceeding this program.  Anyone who is wearing pajamas will get a FREE breakfast, there will be FREE hands on activities available in the atrium. 

Recommended for ages 4+

Following the film program, you are invited to participate at our Animation Strations and contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work. Then watch the installation grow over the weekend. Mere Phantoms will also offer a pre-registered, in-depth workshop on Sunday, April 14, at 10:30am for those who wish to actually make shadow puppets and learn the finer points of Shadow Art.


Diversity of Magic

Saturday, April 13 | 8:30pm | Vancity Theatre
Thursday, April 18 | 1:15pm | Vancity Theatre (Youth Media Conference)
This collection of diverse international, animated, documentary, and live-action shorts opens the cinematic doors to the real life joys and dilemas facing today's youth. Playful, poetic and powerful, these stories will pull you all the way in to their wonderous worlds. Select directors will be in attendance for a brief Q&A post-screening.

Recommended for ages 12 to adult

Made in BC

Saturday, April 13, 8:30 PM, Vancity Theatre
This program offers documentary, animation and live-action films from the best and brightest of British Columbia’s vibrant film community. There’s something for everyone here: folk music, legends, religion and fairy tales.


PathWaves                                                                                           Mere Phantoms

Sunday, April 14 | 10:00am | Vancity Theatre
This collection of stories about families and friendships offers a dynamic insight into First Nations culture, history, and identity from a youth perspective. Co-presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian & Longhouse Media.

This is a FREE screening - So bring your friends and family, its on us!

Recommended for ages 4+

Special Presentation - At 10:30am in the Atrium of the Vancity Theatre there will be a pre-registered workshop available to the public - Mere Phantoms Interactive Shadow Installation. Recommended for ages 6+ with parents, grandparents, or guardians overseeing or participating. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for child, youth, senior (Pre-registration only, please contact or call 604-224-6162 to leave your name and a phone number)


"Sounds Like" Music


Monday, April 15  | 10:00am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
Monday, April 15  | 11:45am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
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.

Recommended for grades 4-7


Wild Child

Tuesday, April 16 | 10:00am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
Tuesday, April 16 | 11:45am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
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.

Recommended for grades 4-7


Animation Sensation

Wednesday, April 17 | 10:00am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
Wednesday, April 17 | 11:45am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
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.

Recommended for grades 4-7


Doc Day

Thursday, April 18 | 10:00am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
Thursday, April 18 | 11:45am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
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.

Recommended for grades 4-7


How We Relate

Friday, April 19 | 10:00am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
Friday, April 19  | 11:45am | Roundhouse Community Centre (Reel Focus)
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.

Recommended for grades 4-7