Youth Film Camp

Providing a ‘window’ into the broader world is at the core of our Youth-focused activities. Film is a great story-telling medium, and the films produced by our Film Camp participants are a testament to the collaborative aspects of filmmaking. There is strong evidence that engagement with filmmaking can be a vehicle for improving literacy, as well as expanding creativity, and improving vocabulary.

Our youth programs promote media literacy, skills development, an appreciation of cinema, and an awareness of community issues such as social justice, sustainability, and personal responsibility. The theme for the 2023 film camp is “Celebrating Friendship”. Friendship is an important gateway that builds bonds and develops camaraderie and trust between people. Our friends are our chosen family, so it’s important to choose wisely. But what really makes a good friend? And further, what are the glaring red flags that warn someone isn’t actually a good friend at all?

Film plays an important role not only in student literacy, but also in life learning, and career opportunities. Many of the students involved in the Camp and the PRDFS go on to further education and employment in film, or use the skills learned to further their other pursuits.

The camp takes place at the Patricia Theatre. Campers are divided into groups of 4 or 5 students, each under the mentorship of a professional filmmaker. Over the course of the 4 days, a variety of skills are explored in a collaborative environment that encourages creativity, helps build confidence, and develops listening skills – while making a short film. Students learn about developing a concept into a script, acting and directing skills, cinematography, sound recording and design, and editing.

At the end of the camp, the students introduce and show their films at the Historic Patricia Theatre, these celebratory screenings are well attended by parents, caregivers, and friends – more than 100 people attended the screening in 2023.

In 2021, we shifted from reaching out across the province to focus on our students in the qathet regional district. Admission to the camp is free. Applicants to the camp fill in a short questionnaire that helps us determine student interests, experience and skill level, as well as compatible teams. This year, we are inviting campers age 11 to 15 to apply.

Deadline for applications: June 14
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 28

The Youth Film Camp gratefully acknowledges the support of BC Gaming, Powell River Community Foundation, qathet Regional District, School District 47, and the Powell River Digital Film School.

This year’s theme:
Celebrating Friendship

Friendship is an important gateway that builds bonds and develops camaraderie and trust between people. Our friends are our chosen family, so it’s important to choose wisely. But what really makes a good friend? And further, what are the glaring red flags that warn someone isn’t actually a good friend at all?

Film Camp Films 2023

Theme: Idols and Influencers
Social media has birthed a new generation of news and entertainment outlets. The campers explored this theme in relationship to what has influenced them, who are their idols, what is the media telling them to believe, and what does that mean for their own ideas. 

To Be The Be$t

2023 Film Camp

Mentor: Lily Chiasson

Production Assistant Emily Landy

Campers: Torrin Anderson, Izzy Doubt, Alma Macrae, Ryan Male, Frankie Calder Williams

Search for Sasquatch

2023 Film Camp

Mentor: Peter Harvey

Production Assistant: Emmy-Lou Corbett

Campers: Menat’they Blaney, Rowan Durnin, Taylor Kishimoto, Mia Welp

The Fabulous Life of Fabio Smith

2023 Film Camp

Mentor: Paul Bennett

Production Assistant: Elton Sutherland

Campers: Ceiba Borrego-Brown, Eva Maloney, Rupert Thoms, Bowie Wilson Tilberg, Aurora Williams

Up the Stairs, Round the Corner

2023 Film Camp

Mentor: Tony Papa

Production Assistant: Lily Frost

Campers: Brooke Bodnar, Béa Dauchot, Zevkiah Politylo, Bileaux Voghell, Lucy Wegner, Grayson Wilson-Tilberg

Frankster

2023 Film Camp

Mentor: Erik Paulsson

Production Assistant: Lane Chiasson

Campers: Gabriel Chartier, Freya Jones, Saniel Klinkera, Daniel Wang, Howard Durnin

Film Camp Films 2022

Theme: Heritage
The word “heritage” brings to mind different ideas for different people—and it should. Heritage is a person’s unique, inherited sense of identity: the values, traditions, culture, and artifacts handed down by previous generations. Campers explored their understanding of heritage.

Chicken Waffles and Ghosts

2022 Film Camp

Mentor Peter Harvey.

Crew: Xander Longstaffe, Ceiba Borrego-Brown, Frankie Calder Williams, Ryan Male, Daniel Wang, Eva Maloney, Mexx Nairn

Ghosts of the Old Courthouse Inn

2022 Film Camp

Mentor Erik Paulsson.

Crew: Neo Nairn, Alma MacRae, Makayla Mansell-White, Jervis Tebbutt, Lucy Wegner

Fun DIP

2022 Film Camp

Mentor Tony Papa.

Crew: Macy Barcelonne, Samantha Ratzlaff, Wrenwin Angell, Iloha Dupond-Fukumaru, Madyx Whiteway

Wishing Well

2022 Film Camp

Mentor Eileen Francis.

Crew: Wilder Angell, Bowie Wilson-Tilberg, Peter Cameron, Menat’they Pechawis Blaney, Malcolm Rosenfeld

Rainbow Language

2022 Film Camp

Mentor Claudia Medina.

Crew: Grayson Wilson-Tilberg, Rupert Thoms, Sparrow Doherty, Zevkiah Politylo, Maya Rodriguez,