During Reel Focus, classes in grades 4-7 sign up for a film program and workshop combo. The day starts at 9:45am and ends at 1:00pm. Classes attending the 10:00am screening will participate in a workshop at 11:45am, or vice versa. There is a half hour snack break in between the film program and the workshop. Classes are welcome to eat lunch at the Roundhouse after the day is complete or during the break (there is an outdoor courtyard, weather permitting). For some screenings we expect to have filmmakers in attendance to facilitate a brief Q&A session following the films. Local film professionals teach our workshops. In our efforts to improve our program, we welcome feedback. We also encourage teachers to make use of the film study guide we provide. All Reel Focus screenings and workshops take place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (in Yaletown).

Please note:  the public is welcome to all Reel Focus film screenings, however, Reel Focus workshops are currently sold out.


[Please note: workshops must be pre-registered, and are for school groups only.]


The ability to draw is not required for this workshop! Using digital cameras, students will create storyboards and learn how to organize their ideas for a film.


Working in small groups, students will learn the functions of a digital video camera and make a short film.


Students will use a variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials to create characters and sets. Using video capture techniques and a basic animation station, they will be taken through the steps of creating a short story.


In this workshop, students will animate themselves! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide across the floor, fly through the air, and suddenly disappear. This workshop is a great introduction to special effects.


Using 16mm film, students will etch and draw on real celluloid to create a short work. At the end of the workshop students will get to see their work projected. This workshop explores the art and history of cinema.


Using stop-motion animation, students will shape characters with plasticine, and create a short animated film.

Registration is easy!

1. Choose a day and film program (listed on the back) and one workshop (above). We recommend you have a second choice, just in case the program or workshop you are interested in is full.

2. Contact our Festival Coordinator at to register your class. You may also leave a phone message at 604-224-6162.

Due to the popularity of the Reel Focus program 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.

3. We accept payment by cheque or credit card (additional fees applied). The cost is $145.00 for 25-30 students, or $135.00 for 24 students or less. Payment must be completed prior to the festival. Please note that refunds will not be issued if the number of students changes.