JUSTICE4REEL - Youth Creative Lab

The Justice4Reel Youth Creative Lab will take place December 6-8, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. This three day event will bring together a team of filmmakers from across the Prairies and Territories to learn, collaborate and create media for social change. The filmmakers will participate in skills-building workshops, professional mentorship, film screenings, as well as have the opportunity to share ideas with innovative storytellers and filmmakers from across Canada.

Participants will pitch an idea, issue or narrative to explore through film.  Each one will have the chance to pull apart, refine and expand upon their project idea with guidance from experienced artists and industry staff. Through a group mentorship approach participants will learn about ethical impacts, components of storytelling and various film making approaches. Touching upon themes of justice, dignity and human rights, young filmmakers will build confidence and sharpen skills in communication, cooperation and filmmaking.  Established filmmakers and industry professionals will act as mentors and moderators to lead the participants in mapping out and prototyping their ideas.

The ideas pitched and developed during the Justice4Reel Creative Lab will contribute to larger conversations and online social media campaigns that raise awareness of important issues in Canada.  Participants will be encouraged to engage in digital and social media to share their work with the larger community as their projects progress beyond the gathering. These project ideas and eventual videos will serve as legacy educational materials for social change, locally and nationally.


  • Challenging Our Story Timeline Activity: This activity is an important tool to create trust and personal connection among participants and is a great opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the diverse stories that make up Canada; encouraging dialogue on the evolution of citizenship and inclusion.

  • Storytelling & Ethics: This workshop will facilitate learning techniques and etiquette in interviewing and storytelling. This will also teach about consent and ethics in film-making.

  • Group and One-on-one Review: Participants will spend time asking difficult questions related to their projects; breaking down ideas and building them back up again with feedback from professionals and peers.

  • Story and Edit Approaches: This applied workshop will answer technical questions; sharing tips and techniques related to storyboarding, film and edit.

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