PRFF Youth Festival
PRFF Adventures in Film Camp mentors and crew at Powell River Digital Film School doing post-production (photo: Paul Galinski)
As part of our dedication to developing media literacy skills in youth, we are creating a separate Youth Festival for 2019.
The components of our new Youth Festival include:
- Youth Camp Thursday evening March 7 to Sunday March 10 morning,
- Family oriented screenings at the Patricia (Thursday – Sunday)
- Elementary school screenings at the Evergreen
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday March 11-13)
- Film Contest open to BC youth ages 15-24
Our Youth Camp (now in its 12th year) has a long history of receiving strong support from Rotary Clubs in the region. With an eye towards increasing diversity at our camp this year, we are reaching out to Indigenous communities and English language educators for participants. We believe that increasing diversity in the student contingent will further the learning experience and help build better understanding and communication.
With the creation of a separate Youth Program, we will introduce Family-oriented screenings. These films will be screened at the Patricia Theatre, where youth, their parents, and caregivers can experience and discuss quality films together. Films will be accompanied by panel discussions and director talks wherever possible.
The Festival has a strong partnership with the school district. Last year, our screenings at the Evergreen for elementary school students had the participation of all the schools in Powell River, with more than 1,000 attendees. The strong programming we presented was developed in partnership with the National Film Board.
Our youth programs promote media literacy, skills development, an appreciation of cinema, and an awareness of community issues such as social justice, sustainability and personal responsibility.
Providing a ‘window’ into the broader world is at the core of our Youth-focused activities. Film is a great story-telling medium, and the films produced by our Adventures in Film Camp participants are a testament to the enabling aspects of film collaboration. The film camp is equally divided between Powell River Digital Film School (PRDFS) students and participants from outside of Powell River.
Tony Papa, director of the PRDFS, on our collaboration: “We have worked together with the Film Festival for the past 10 years and can attest to the value and impact the festival has on our youth, from the Adventures in Film Camp to the inclusive screenings and workshops available to them…”
Film plays an important role not only in student literacy, but also in life learning, and career opportunities. Many of the students involved in the Festival and the PRDFS go on to further education and employment in film.
Participant Michael Stevantoni describes it as a “transformative experience, which not only allowed me to begin thinking of filmmaking as a career but also allowed me to develop life skills which can be applied to almost every aspect of my life.”
The Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of School District 47 and the Powell River Rotary Club.