Scott BelyeaScott, based in Vancouver but raised in Grande Prairie, has completed seven short films as writer, director and editor. His 2006 film Idaho, won various cinematography awards as well as “Best English Language Film of the Year” at the 2006 Young Cuts festival in Montreal.

His horror shorts Soylent Red and Afterbirth garnered acclaim for their distinct visual style from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who called Soylent Red “genuinely disturbing.” It won the Audience Choice award in the 2007 Bloodshots Filmmaking Challenge. In 2009, his film Ten Minutes Before Showtime won the festival’s Best Film award. In 2011, his film Of the Dark (since re-edited and renamed Children of the Dark) wowed the festival’s audiences and judge, winning the Audience Choice award as well as the grand prize for Best Film.

In 2009, he teamed with Virmana Pictures to create Nomansland, a surreal tale of love lost that enjoyed a successful festival run including a “Best Film” win in Philadelphia, and a stop in the Mediterranean for Spain’s illustrious Sitges festival of the fantastic.

In 2010, he was Editor and Post-Production Supervisor for Reel One’s feature film Dear Mr. Gacy starring William Forsythe.

He has been a workshop leader in all 5 of the previous Reel Shorts Film Festivals. He developed the Youth Filmmaking Challenge workshop as a 2-day workshop (since expanded to 2½ days) specifically for the 2009 festival and has led it every year since.

The 2007, 2008, and 2009 Reel Shorts Film Festivals each had two of his short films in the program, while his 7th short (Children of the Dark) is an Official Selection of the 2012 festival.