Talent Lab aims to: involve youth in actively viewing and discussing professionally made films; expose youth to new ideas and cultural perspectives; offer high-quality cinematic entertainment outside the mainstream; explore issues that are important to youth; engage youth in discussions with filmmakers about their work and increase understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking and moving images.

During Talent Lab, pre-registered classes attend a feature film screening (listed below) – and have the option of attending the Mere Phantoms workshop (see brief description at the bottom of this page). All films are accompanied by a study guide that is distributed before the festival. A discussion will follow each screening.

School groups (of 10 or more) receive a group discount of $5 per student for all screenings (teachers and parent chaperones are FREE). The workshop is available for an additional $5 by pre-registration only.

All Talent Lab screenings take place at the Vancity Theatre and are open to the public. Regular ticket prices apply.

Download the Talent Lab flyer here.


Ernest & Célestine

Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 am
Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner
France / Belgium / Luxembourg | 2012 | 79 min
In French with English subtitles
Recommended for Grades 2-6
Themes: peer pressure, labeling, prejudice, gender inequity, misuse of authority


Alfie, the Little Werewolf

Tuesday, April 16, 12:00pm
Director: Joram Lürsen
Netherlands | 2012 | 98 min
In Dutch with English subtitles
Recommended for Grades 2-6
Themes:  celebrating differences, recognizing talents, growing up, feeling alone, bullying
Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmVo6bJaDf4


Moon Man

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00am
Director: Stephan Schesch
Ireland / France / Germany | 2012 | 92 min
In English
Recommended for Grades 2-6
Themes: loneliness, difference, understanding and acceptance
Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntlt2qGRqh4

Preceded by: The Intergalactice Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk



Wednesday, April 17, 11:45am
Marcus O. Rosenmüller
Germany | 2011 | 100 min
In German with English subtitles
Recommended for Grades 5-12
Themes:  World War II, anti-Semitism, prejudice, war, music, friendship, hardship
Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5OfhzcVACM



In this 45-minute workshop participants will work with paper and light to explore how three-dimensional objects become two-dimensional shadows. Each participant will create a three-dimensional paper cut-out modeled after the techniques employed by Mere Phantoms in their interactive shadow installations.

In the first segment of the workshop, Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process. The pieces made by the group will be combined with previously made examples to create a small-scale paper-based installation.  In the second segment of the workshop participants will use Mere Phantoms hand-held light wands to explore how their pieces translate in light and shadow.

The workshop will be hands-on and experiential, and will play on scale, light and shadow, and the creative use of negative and positive space.

Recommended for Grades 2-12

This workshop is offered in French or English and is available by pre-registration with a film booking only. Space is limited.
Please contact education@r2rfestival.org or call 604-224-6162


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