The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, compelling and hilarious collection of short films from across the globe—all made by youth. Chosen by a peer selection panel from hundreds of international submissions, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of young filmmakers.
The program title reads both ways, and some of these diverse and powerful little dramas embody both qualities as they apply to their characters struggling to cope with another day—or night.
Compassion is an important quality in how we treat others. It’s also the predominant counterpoint to more selfish interests in these thoughtful tales concerning interpersonal relations and powerful drama.
Life wouldn’t be life without a little crisis. In this collection of excellent shorts, crisis manifests itself in many forms, ranging from dark comedy to dramas addressing serious moral and social issues.
Hormones are flowing in this powerful and provocative collection of short films showing teens grappling with issues of love, fickle relationships and questions of sexual identity—all of which are pretty important when trying to find your place in the world.
The extraordinary life of South American hero Simón Bolívar (the mesmerizing Édgar Ramírez, Carlos) is given appropriately epic treatment in Alberto Arvelo’s sumptuously mounted period piece. Beginning in the early 1800s and spanning 30 years in the great revolutionary’s struggles to free South Americans from the yoke of Spanish occupation, Arvelo’s impressive achievement is a rousing and entertaining corrective to Bolívar’s relative anonymity in North America.
We’re in 2030, when rising sea levels have flooded much of the Mekong delta. A husband and wife live in a hut on stilts above their former land, subsisting on fish and seafood. Nearby, a slightly sinister corporation experiments with salt-water hydroponics. The husband dies mysteriously… Vietnam’s first sci-fi eco-thriller is a real eye-opener. Tony Rayns