Festival passes can be purchased online – click on tickets – and will be available for pick-up beginning Monday, May 8.

To read comments from audience members, teachers, and filmmakers about the 2016 festival, click here.

Information on the Filmmaker Insights Symposium May 13-14 can be found here. Presented in collaboration with PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association), it provides professional development for filmmakers of all levels, and includes 3-hour workshops ($40 each) and 45-minute panels ($15 each) that can be taken individually or included with a Symposium Pass ($59) or All Access Pass ($89) available here.

Looking for accommodation and other attractions? Take advantage of the Reel Shorts group rate at the Sandman Hotel. Phone 780.513.5555 ext. 0 and quote group #400348 to book a regular room for $99/night or one with a king bed, microwave, and fridge for $109/night. Check out the Visitor Info page for more info. For venue locations, click on Locations.

School screenings take place Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Teachers on the programming team with experience teaching at these grade levels have recommended the films so they are age and curriculum appropriate. As the following screening times fill up, new screening times will be added. Teachers who’d like to book a screening time for their students should email Terry at terry@reelshorts.ca.:

  • Critter Tales (Gr 1-3) – 9-11 short films (45-75 minutes)
  • World of Wonder (Gr 4-6) – 8-10 short films (65-85 minutes)
  • Lost & Found (Gr 6-9) – 6-9 short films (80-105 minutes)
  • At Risk (Gr 9-12 Social Studies) – 4-6 short films (95-120 minutes)
  • Fateful Decision (Gr 9-12 English/Languages) – 7-9 short films (95-120 minutes)
  • Cinema Francophone (Gr 9-12 French) – 6-8 short films (85-110 minutes)

Monday, May 8

Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre, GPRC

  • 9:30am: World of Wonder (Gr 4-6); 10+; $6

Tuesday, May 9

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

  • 12:30pm: World of Wonder (Gr 4-6); 10+; $6
  • 7:30pm: The Moment When – presented by Q99 and the Sandman Hotel; 14+ (Coarse Language); $12 ($8 students)

Wednesday, May 10

Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre, GPRC

  • 9:15am: At Risk (Gr 9-12 Social Studies); 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence); $6
  • 12:30pm: Fateful Decision (Gr 9-12 English/Languages); 10+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Frightening Scenes); $6

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

  • 9:30am: Critter Tales (Gr 1-3); 5+; $6
  • 6:00pm: On the Move; 14+ (Coarse Language, Sexual Content); $12 ($8 students)
  • 8:45pm: On Parle Fran├žais – presented by Q99; 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Nudity); $12 ($8 students)

Thursday, May 11

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

  • 9:15am: Cinema Francophone (Gr 9-12 French); 10+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Mature Subject Matter); $6
  • 6:00pm: Opposing Sides; 14+ (Violence, Disturbing Content, Gory Scenes); $12 ($8 students)
  • 8:45pm: Here Now & Hereafter; 14+ (Coarse Language, Nudity, Sexual Content); $12 ($8 students)

Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre, GPRC

  • 12:30pm: Lost & Found (Gr 6-9); 10+ (Violence, Frightening Scenes); $6

Friday, May 12

Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre, GPRC

  • 9:30am: Critter Tales (Gr 1-3); 5+; $6

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

  • 10:45am: At Risk (Gr 9-12 Social Studies); 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence); $6
  • 1:30pm: Fateful Decision (Gr 9-12 English/Languages); 10+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Frightening Scenes); $6
  • 6:30pm: Cinema Francophone; 10+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Mature Subject Matter); $12 ($8 students)
  • 9:30pm (pizza) & 10:15pm (film package): Psycho Shorts & Pizza Party – presented by Pizza Hut; 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Gory Scenes); $25

Saturday, May 13

Ernie Radbourne Pavilion

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

  • 11:00am: Critter Tales Family Package; $12 ($8 students)
  • 12:30pm: World of Wonder; $12 ($8 students)
  • 2:30pm: Psycho Shorts Nightmare Matinee; 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence, Gory Scenes); $12 ($8 students)
  • 5:00pm: Lost & Found; 10+ (Violence, Frightening Scenes); $12 ($8 students)
  • 8:00pm: Crime & Punishment; 14+ (Coarse Language, Violence); $12 ($8 students)

Sunday, May 14

Ernie Radbourne Pavilion

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

Monday, May 15

Ernie Radbourne Pavilion

Grande Prairie Live Theatre

A Note on Ratings

The age ratings and advisories are provided by the festival’s programming team as a guideline only. Advisories relate to the age rating, therefore an advisory of 10+ (Nudity) could refer to an animated film that takes place in an art museum that has nude works of art. Many parents would be fine with their 10-year-old seeing such a film, whereas a film rated 14+ (Nudity, Sexual Content) could be considered by many parents to be inappropriate viewing even if the child is 14 years old although acceptable at age 16 or 17 (i.e. not so explicit as to be rated 18+). An advisory of 10+ (Mature Subject Matter) could refer to a child dealing with the death of a parent whereas an advisory of 14+ (Mature Subject Matter) could refer to a character who is contemplating suicide. The festival’s age rating system is similar but not identical to the following ratings used by Alberta Film Classification:

  • 5+ – roughly equivalent to a G rating
  • 10+ – roughly equivalent to a PG rating
  • 14+ – roughly equivalent to a 14A rating
  • 18+ – roughly equivalent to an 18A or R rating