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French-Language Films in the Fest

Francophones can enjoy over a dozen French-language films in the 2021 fest, but these films can also be enjoyed by everyone else since they are subtitled in English. Click on Register for the 2021 Reel Shorts Film Festival for information on how to sign up for FREE! Here are the film packages that contain French-language…

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2021 Award Winners

Jury members Scooter Corkle (top left), Bonnie Thompson (lower left), and Scott Belyea (lower right) are joined by Festival Director Terry Scerbak (top right) as they announce the award winners for 2021. Scroll down to watch 3 of the films as well as the 9-minute announcement video. Read the web version of the program here.…

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School Program and Virtual Class Visits

Grade 1-12 Film Packages – FREE Teachers can screen 6 film packages for their students in their in-person or online classroom from April 26 to May 9. Register as a Virtual Fest Member here – it’s free – and you’ll be able to log in to watch the films on demand. Read the 46-page program…

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Virtual Cinema – 7 Documentaries to Watch

Chef Flynn has been added to the Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema which now has SEVEN feature-length documentaries to enjoy! We have teamed up with Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs to offer curated online streaming of great feature-length documentaries which are not available to watch on any other streaming platform in Canada. Half of the net…

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Set Up a Stop-Motion Animation Studio With Ease

Software NFB StopMo Studio Until June 30, 2020, the NFB StopMo Studio can be downloaded for FREE. Use stop-motion animation to encourage your kids or students (or yourself) to explore a different way of creating and sharing experiences through storytelling. The app requires iOS10/iPad 2 and above. It’s designed for both casual and experienced users.…

All the Wild Horses

Virtual Cinema – 6 Documentaries to Watch

The Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema has SIX feature-length documentaries to enjoy! We have teamed up with Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs to offer curated online streaming of great feature-length documentaries which are not available to watch on any other streaming platform in Canada. Half of the net proceeds from the on-demand streaming fee of $9.99/film…

Beyond Moving

Virtual Cinema – 4 Documentaries to Watch

The Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema has FOUR feature-length documentaries to enjoy! We have teamed up with Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs to offer curated online streaming of great feature-length documentaries which are not available to watch on any other streaming platform in Canada. Half of the net proceeds from the on-demand streaming fee of $9.99/film…

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Virtual Cinema – Week 1

The Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema opened on Friday, May 1st with the first two feature-length documentaries. Each Friday two new documentaries are added. We have teamed up with Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs to offer curated online streaming of great feature-length documentaries which are not available to watch on any other streaming platform in Canada.…

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14th Fest Postponed to 2021

The 14th Reel Shorts Film Festival has been postponed from our originally announced dates of May 4-11, 2020 to our new dates of April 26 to May 3, 2021. All of the films selected for this year’s festival will be invited to screen at next year’s festival. Huge thanks to Rebel Bent for the theme…

Visit Grande Prairie for the 2020 Festival

Visit Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada Grande Prairie (population 69,000) is 464 km northwest of Edmonton on Highway 43, about a 4.5-hour drive. As the centre of the region, it supports a surrounding population of 260,000 people. Flights to Grande Prairie Both WestJet and Air Canada offer daily direct flights between YQU (Grande Prairie Airport) and…

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Early Bird Fest Pass $50 until Feb 29

No need to buy individual tickets! With a Fest Pass, you’re a VIP and have access to every screening, party, workshop, and panel taking place May 4-11, 2020. Early Bird Fest Pass $50 Until the end of February, enjoy the Early Bird price of $50 for a Fest Pass. Regular price of $65 ($55 students)…

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Oscar Shorts on Feb 8

Test your Academy Award predicting abilities on Saturday, Feb 8 at the Oscar Shorts presented by Q99 and the Prairie Mall. Prizes to be won are valued at $700 including $300 in Prairie Mall gift cards! If you want to dress up in your red carpet finery for the 7:30 show, you could win one…

Award Winning Films to Watch

Enjoy several award-winning films from past Reel Shorts Film Festivals that are available to watch online! They were selected for the Audience Choice Award, Youth Audience Choice Award, or the juried awards for best animated, documentary, and live action shorts. There’s also a fest-produced youth film that won awards at two other festivals! Shown in…

2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2019 Reel Shorts Film Festival! These films were showcased in the Best of the Fest package presented by Big Country and the Sandman Hotel. For a pdf of the 48-page program, click here. Juried Awards Jury members (above from left) Evan DeRushie from Toronto, Scott Belyea from Vancouver,…

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$65 Fest Pass Available Now

No need to buy individual tickets! With a Fest Pass, you’re a VIP and have access to every screening, party, workshop, and panel taking place May 6-13. Check out the 48-page program pdf here. Buy Fest Pass Arrive at at least 20 minutes before start time to guarantee a seat. The reserved seats for pass…

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Stop-Motion Animation workshop May 4-5

Learn the refined and delicate art of making a giant bloopy mess, also known as stop-motion animation, in this two-day Stop-Motion Animation workshop the weekend of May 4-5 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. With support from Telefilm, it is offered in partnership with PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) and GPRC (Grande Prairie Regional College),…

Visit Grande Prairie for the 2019 Festival!

Grande Prairie (population 69,000) is 464 km northwest of Edmonton on Highway 43, about a 4.5-hour drive. As the centre of the region, it supports a surrounding population of 260,000 people. Flights to Grande Prairie Both WestJet and Air Canada offer daily direct flights between YQU (Grande Prairie Airport) and YEG (Edmonton International Airport) and…

2019 Frantic48

2019 Frantic48 April 12-14

Calling all Peace Region filmmakers – the chance to make a 2-6 minute film during an adrenaline-filled weekend is here! Presented by Decca Industries and The Distillery Film Company, the 6th Frantic48 is a collaboration between PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) and the Reel Shorts Film Festival. Grab some friends, form a team,…

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October Filmmaking & Workshop Weekends

Develop your skills as a filmmaker during a filmmaking weekend in Grande Prairie Oct 12-14 for youth ages 16-24, a 48-hour filmmaking challenge anywhere in the Peace Region Oct 19-21 for youth and adult teams, and a Producer Accelerator weekend in Red Deer Oct 20-21 for emerging and mid-level producers! Make a Film in a…

Submissions Open for 2019 Fest

We are grateful to all the filmmakers and distributors who submitted their films to our 2018 festival: 5,352 submissions were received from 129 countries. In addition, 367 other films were considered for a total of 5,719 short films from which we selected 80 to share with our audiences. It was a fantastic program! For more…

Script Boot Camp

FREE workshop for emerging screenwriters, producers, and filmmakers Saturday, September 22, 9:00am – 5:00pm Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, 11633 100 Street, Grande Prairie Workshop Leader: Lila Z Rose LIMITED TO 20 REGISTRANTS! This game-changing narrative screenwriting workshop is presented by ESIO (Edmonton Screen Industries Office) with support from TELUS STORYHIVE to enhance the storytelling…

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Shoot for Reel – Aeternitas

Want to learn filmmaking by working on a real film set in Grande Prairie? We are excited to offer the 2018 Shoot for Reel made possible with support from Community Futures, the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, and the Swan City Rotary Club. During this 5-day internship training program,…

2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2018 Reel Shorts Film Festival! These films were showcased in the Best of the Fest package presented by Big Country and the Sandman Hotel. For a pdf of the 48-page program, click here. Juried Awards Jury members Gordie Haakstad from Edmonton, Alex Zahara from Vancouver, and Dominique Keller…

Visit Grande Prairie for the 2018 Festival!

Grande Prairie (population 68,000+) is 464 km northwest of Edmonton on Highway 43, about a 4.5-hour drive. As the centre of the region, it supports a surrounding population of 260,000 people. Both WestJet and Air Canada offer several daily direct flights between YQU (Grande Prairie Airport) and YEG (Edmonton International Airport) and YYC (Calgary International…

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2018 School Program

Six film packages for schools ($6/person) are available to book by emailing Terry at terry@reelshorts.ca. Homeschooling families and members of the public are welcome to attend – admission is $6/person at the door. The films in these packages have been evaluated by teachers on the programming team to ensure that they have ties to curriculum…

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Oscar Shorts on Sunday Feb 25

Test your Academy Award predicting abilities on Sunday, Feb 25 at the Oscar Shorts presented by Q99 and the Prairie Mall. Prizes valued at $662 to be won! See all ten Oscar nominated short films at GPLT (Grande Prairie Live Theatre) – the Oscar Animated Shorts at 3:00pm and the Oscar Live Action Shorts package…

The main collaborators behind Sophia, on set. Left to right: camera afficianado/producer Cam Belseth, writer/director Rory Mells, director of photography Chris Beauchamp. Photo by Laura Beauchamp.

Submit Sep 18 to Nov 30 for 2018 Fest

We are grateful to all the filmmakers and distributors who submitted their films to our 2017 festival: 5,074 submissions were received from 131 countries in addition to hundreds of other short films that were seen at other festivals or requested for consideration. See How do we evaluate films? to read about our evaluation process and…

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2017 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2017 Reel Shorts Film Festival! These films were showcased in the Best of the Fest package presented by Big Country and Hansen Ford Lincoln. For a pdf of the 56-page program, click here. Jury members (left to right) Dylan Pearce from Edmonton, Gordie Haakstad from Edmonton, and Scott…

Cody Blue Snider workshop

Filmmaker Insights Symposium

Aspiring and emerging filmmakers can develop their skills in cinematic storytelling techniques and gain insight into the new frontier of virtual reality and transmedia during the Filmmaker Insights Symposium May 13-15 at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion (see Locations). Presented in collaboration with PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association), jury members and filmmakers share their…

2017 Jury Members

We are very pleased to announce the jury members who will determine the award winners for Best Live Action Under 15 Minutes, Best Live Action 15+ Minutes, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short. Scott Belyea is a Vancouver filmmaker who grew up in Grande Prairie. In 2016, he directed HE LOVES YOU NOT, a…

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Oscar Shorts on Saturday Feb 25

On Saturday, Feb 25, the Oscar Animated Shorts package of 8 films will screen at 3:00 pm and the Oscar Live Action Shorts package of 5 films will screen at 7:30 pm at GPLT (Grande Prairie Live Theatre) – see location info here. See below to view the trailers for 12 of the 13 films…

Call for Submissions for 11th Fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until Monday, December 12. Peace Region filmmakers have an extended deadline of Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. There is no submission fee and we pay screening fees to filmmakers for selected films. Official Selections are eligible for four juried awards:…

2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2016 Reel Shorts Film Festival! These films were showcased in the Best of the Fest package presented by Big Country and Hansen Ford Lincoln. For a pdf of the 56-page program, click here. You can watch two of the award-winning films below! Jury members (from right to left)…

Oscar Shorts on Valentine’s Day!

On Sun, Feb 14, the Oscar Animated Shorts package of 9 films will screen at 3:00 pm and the Oscar Live Action Shorts package of 5 films will screen at 7:30 pm at Grande Prairie Live Theatre. See below to view the trailers for all 14 films and the wonderful poster designed by Photographer/Filmmaker Chris…

Call for Submissions for 10th Fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until Monday, December 14. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. There is no submission fee and we pay screening fees to filmmakers for selected films. Official Selections are eligible for three juried awards: (1) Best Live Action Short, (2) Best Animated Short, and (3) Best…