Grande Prairie (population 68,000+) is 464 km northwest of Edmonton on Highway 43, about a 4.5-hour drive. As the centre…
The Reel Shorts Film Festival celebrates short films and the filmmakers who make them by screening gems of storytelling brilliance from around the world, across Canada, and here in the Peace Region. The purpose is twofold: to entertain, educate, and engage audiences; and to grow the filmmaking community in the Peace Region by inspiring, developing, and showcasing its filmmakers.
Grande Prairie’s annual week-long short film festival brings together filmmakers and audiences to watch the best short films from around the world. Our school program offers age and curriculum appropriate film screenings and visiting filmmakers to inspire youth. Our Filmmaker Insights workshops offer local filmmakers a chance to learn and grow alongside visiting pros. The Frantic48, presented in partnership with PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association), challenges local filmmakers of all levels to write, shoot, and edit a short film in 48 hours.
We also offer additional film screenings and education programming throughout the year.
2018 Festival Programming
Films for every taste
Our fest screenings are broken down into thematic packages of short films, which typically run 90 to 120 minutes. Each package has been programmed by our fest team to include a collection of short films, usually on a theme, or curated in an age-appropriate way.
K-12 Educational Programs
Our school program offers film screenings designed to suit a specific age or curriculum. We also arrange for visiting filmmakers to visit classrooms and present to students. See 2018 School Program for more details.
Filmmaking and Acting Workshops
In partnership with PRIMAA, Reel Shorts is offering a two-day Documentary 101 workshop led by documentary filmmaker Dominique Keller and presented by Community Futures Grande Prairie, as well as a half-day Acting for the Camera workshop led by Vancouver actor Alex Zahara. These workshops provide opportunities to learn from acclaimed industry professionals and to meet other aspiring and emerging filmmakers and actors.
The Peace Region’s 48-hour Filmmaking Competition
Over the course of an adrenaline-filled weekend filmmaking teams compete to write, shoot, and edit a short film based on a randomly selected genre, and a provided line of dialogue and prop. In partnership with PRIMAA the best films will screen in the Frantic48 film packages presented by Decca Industries on Sunday, May 13th.
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