2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2015 Reel Shorts Film Festival! You can watch the Audience Choice winning film below. Jury members Cody Blue Snider, Brian Morey, and Josh Miller (from right to left in the photo below) selected the following winners from the 95 films that were eligible for juried awards: Best Peace…

2015 Schedule & Films

The 9th Reel Shorts Film Festival, presented by Hansen Ford Lincoln, is very pleased to announce our program of 108 short films from 25 countries in 19 packages. Check out the Schedule where you can find a pdf of our 68-page program book. In addition, we will screen the films from the Frantic48 Film Challenge…

Frantic 48 Film Challenge Apr 24-26

Calling all Peace Region filmmakers and anyone else who’d like to register a team for an adrenaline-filled weekend of filmmaking in the Peace Region! PRIMAA and the fest have joined forces to put on the second annual Frantic48, a 48-hour film challenge the weekend of April 24-26, 2015 (early bird registration deadline April 1; final…

Jury Members and Filmmaker Insights Panel

We are very pleased to announce the jury members who will determine the award winners for the Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Peace Region Short: Josh Miller, an award-winning writer/producer and President of Panacea Entertainment, an independent film and TV production company in Edmonton, Alberta Brian Morey, Head…

May the shorts be with you

The theme of this year’s festival – may the shorts be with you – seemed a natural choice considering the first package we put together for the fest was Time Warp which screened on Sep 26 and 28 as part of Alberta Culture Days. It will screen again during the fest. Chris Beauchamp took that…

Jan 18 feature film – Force Majeure

The second feature film in this year’s GPLT Movie Series is Force Majeure screening at Grande Prairie Live Theatre at 7:00 pm, Sunday, Jan 18 – check out the trailer below. It has won multiple awards including the Critics Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film awarded by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the…

Nov 2 feature film – Pride

The GPLT Movie Series begins its 13th season at 7:00 pm, Sunday, Nov 2 at Grande Prairie Live Theatre with Pride, a wonderful film from the UK that was inspired by true events. At the height of the Thatcher era in 1984, a group of gay and lesbian activists in London decide to raise money…

2014 Screenplay Competition winner

Congratulations to Susan Winters who won SCaMP, the Screenplay Competition and Mentorship Program, with her screenplay entitled Little Thailand! She is shown here at the Sneak Preview on Sunday, Sept 28 after Grande Prairie Live Theatre Board of Directors President Sandra Pippus (standing behind her) presented her with a $500 cheque and an award held…

Call for Submissions for 9th fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until midnight on Monday, December 15. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. There is no submission fee and we pay screening fees to filmmakers for selected films. All Official Selections are eligible for the Audience Choice Award and three Juried Awards: Best Live Action Short,…

SCaMP – Screenplay Competition and Mentorship Program

Calling all screenwriters and filmmakers 18 years of age and older who are current or past Peace Region residents! Announcing SCaMP, the Screenplay Competition and Mentorship Program! Write a script, rewrite it, make a movie. This opportunity is made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Submit your short screenplay (maximum 15…

Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2014 Reel Shorts Film Festival! Jury members Scott Belyea, Meaghan Brander, and Gordie Haakstad selected the following winners from the 15 animated shorts, 15 documentary shorts, and 57 live action shorts that were eligible for juried awards: Best Animated Short – Oh Sheep!, a 7-minute film from Germany…

School Program

With 37 films from 15 countries screening in 5 different film packages, our school program is one of the largest in the country. Over 1,000 students attended screenings in 2013. The festival also coordinates filmmaker class visits and offers mentorship programs. The following films were selected by teachers on our programming team. The public is…

2014 Schedule & Films

Three big announcements! The Presenting Sponsor of the 8th Reel Shorts Film Festival is Hansen Ford Lincoln in the Gateway Centre. Look for some really cool things to happen during the fest as a result! Secondly, check out the Schedule where you can find a pdf of our 60-page souvenir program and our program of…

2014 Fest Passes available now

Get your fest passes to the 8th Reel Shorts Film Festival May 7-11 – available to purchase online at www.gplt.ab.ca! Only $60 gives you priority access to a “spectacular” selection of many of the world’s best short films – see our Testimonial page for quotes from past attendees. We will announce the full line-up and…

Frantic 48 – a 48-hour film challenge May 2-4

Calling all Peace Region filmmakers and anyone else who’d like to register a team for an adrenaline-filled weekend of filmmaking in the Peace Region! PRIMAA and the fest have joined forces to put on what we’ve affectionately called the Frantic 48, a 48-hour film challenge the weekend of May 2-4, 2014 (early bird registration deadline…

FilmFreeway vs Withoutabox and the rest

[Here’s a great April 3, 2016 article – The seismic shift in the world of film festivals – which includes recent research about Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. It’s well worth reading!] Withoutabox is the Goliath when it comes to platforms that connect filmmakers to film festivals and make digital submissions to multiple festivals an easy process,…

Great deal on AMPIA membership

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association is offering a great incentive to new members – a 25% discount on a two-year membership which includes FREE access to the annual Professional Development Day on March 15 at NAIT in Edmonton. Get a crash course in all the industry essentials, including producing, networking, and pitching. Check out…

Submission Deadline is Dec 16

With less than 3 weeks remaining until our submission deadline of Dec 16 for the next Reel Shorts Film Festival May 7-11, 2014, we’ve received 282 submissions. There’s usually a big batch that come in just before the deadline and our programming team is eager for more! New this year is that we’re accepting online…

Sneak Preview of 2014 Fest

FREE SCREENING! Friday, Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm Grande Prairie Live Theatre Life is short. So are films. See nine of the films that will be in our 2014 fest. Celebrate the world premiere of a Grande Prairie film while exploring the globe with cinematic delights from Canada, the US, Europe, and Iran. Enjoy a…

Call for Submissions for 8th fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until midnight on Monday, December 16. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. We don’t charge a submission fee and we pay screening fees for selected films. For our 2013 fest, we received 365 submissions from 41 countries and considered another 619 films that were seen…

Reel Shorts Added to Academy (ACCT) Approved Fests

Our festival has been recognized as an ACCT (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television) approved festival which means that Canadian filmmakers whose films were accepted into our 2013 festival can use that acceptance towards their application requirements for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (submission deadline Oct 18, 2013). Kirsten Goruk of the Daily Herald-Tribune wrote…

Winner of 2013 Audience Choice Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Davidson, Writer/Director of A Senior Moment which won the 2013 Reel Shorts Film Festival Audience Choice Award. After HB, the film created during the Youth Film Mentorship Project, led off the Best of the Fest film package, the countdown of the top audience choice films began with Kidnapped (Gekidnapped) at #5, The…

Editing for Filmmakers workshop

For filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers who have a love for filmmaking and a desire to better understand the artistic world of editing, we have a great workshop for you! Taught by Gordie Haakstad, the Editing for Filmmakers: Exploring the Final Rewrite workshop will be an excellent chance to delve into the artistic and emotional concepts…

School Program

With 45 films from 14 countries screening in 5 different film packages, our school program is one of the largest in the country: Flights of Imagination (Gr 1-3) with 3 screening times suitable for schools as well as a screening time on the weekend: Tues, Apr 30 @ 9:30 am Tues, Apr 30 @ 1:00…

2013 Program

Our 60-page program can be viewed by clicking Reel Shorts Program. For a printable schedule, click Reel Shorts Schedule Special thanks go out to Kate Foote who whipped this together in record time! It’s going to be a great fest – hope you can join us!!

Screenwriting Competition

Announcing the Reel Shorts Screenwriting Competition for Peace Region filmmakers! Write a script and win a $2,500 production package to make your short film! The submission deadline is noon on Monday, April 29. In an on-going effort to develop filmmaking in the region and to showcase more Peace Region films in the festival, we are…

2013 Schedule & Films

I am thrilled to announce our program of 102 films from 22 countries in 16 packages screening 30 times the week of the fest. That’s the largest program of shorts of any film festival in Alberta. Half are premieres – world, North American, Canadian, or Albertan – and half are award-winners. We considered over 1,000…

Fest Passes available now!

Get your fest passes now! Only $50 for 5 days of unlimited viewing of many of the world’s best short films including a great selection of 5 Peace Region films! Each Peace Region film will premiere on a different day but we’ll have an encore screening of them in a Best of the Peace Region…

Movie Watch – Six Shooter

If you’re looking for something completely different from the sentimental sweetness of Valentine’s Day, here’s one of the blackest comedies I’ve ever seen. It’s so dark that I cried the first time I saw it, and yet 2 months later, while I was telling someone about it, I found myself laughing as I told the…

2013 Fest Poster

Thanks to the incredibly talented Chris Beauchamp of Beauchamp Creative, we have the coolest fest poster that I’ve ever seen! It totally captures the spirit of the fest-produced films we’ll be presenting: The Horizon Project on opening night which was shot during the Shoot for Reel internship program last summer, and the film that will…

Jan 27 Feature Film – The Intouchables

The second film in this season’s GPLT Movie Series is The Intouchables, an irreverent, uplifting French comedy (English subtitles) about the friendship between Philippe, a quadriplegic millionaire, and Driss, a young offender of Senegalese descent who is hired as Philippe’s live-in caregiver. Based on a true story and propelled by Omar Sy’s charismatic performance as…

Movie Watch – Top Ten Films

A friend asked me to blog about my top ten films because he wanted to watch them. I didn’t think people would have time to watch that many in a row, but here they are – my top ten picks from the last six festivals that are free to watch online: 1 from Canada, 3…