Grande Prairie’s Short Film Festival

Promoting film in the Peace Region since 2007

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 Symposium offers local filmmakers a chance to learn and grow alongside visiting pros. The Frantic48, presented in partnership with the 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. 

2017 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.

Filmmaking Workshops and Panel Discussions

In collaboration with PRIMAA, Reel Shorts is presenting a two-day Filmmaker Insights Symposium that provides opportunities to learn from acclaimed filmmakers during two half-day workshops and two 60-minute panels. Aspiring and emerging filmmakers will develop their skills in cinematic storytelling techniques and gain insight into the new frontier of virtual reality and transmedia.

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. The best films will be screened as part of the festival in Grande Prairie on Sunday May 14th. Presented in partnership with PRIMAA

Short Horror Films and Pizza!

Don’t miss this popular package of horror shorts presented by Pizza Hut. Enjoy complimentary pizza and pop, and there will be a cash bar.

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