During Reel Focus, classes in grades 4-7 attend a film program and a workshop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Instruction is tailored for each age group. The program starts at 9:45 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. Classes attending a 10:00 AM screening will participate in an 11:45 AM workshop; classes participating in a 10:00 AM workshop will attend an 11:45 AM screening. Reel Focus includes a Film Study Guide with suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. 



MONDAY, APRIL 9 - FRIDAY, APRIL 13 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Roundhouse Community Centre

*Registration details below.

Wild Animal Animation

Monday, April 9

This collection, of the finest international animation, features animals in a variety of forms. From stop motion to hand drawn to computer generated, these films take us to magical places, explore human nature, and uncover the purpose of life.

Recommended for grades 4-7.

Themes: change, meaning of life, friendship, animals, personal growth, tenderness


Made in Canada

Tuesday, April 10

Canadians are renowned internationally for unique and diverse perspectives. Drawing inspiration from every corner of the world, including Japanese anime and a Pixar blockbuster, these films centre the work of new and established Canadian voices.

Recommended for grades 4-7.

Themes: mystery, death, tradition, imagination, adolescence


Indigenous Spotlight

Wednesday, April 11 

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

From the Sami people of Sweden to the Diné people of the Navajo desert, we turn the spotlight on unique Indigenous cultures across Canada and around the world. These films reveal the important role culture plays in our lives, and how traditional practices are vital to ground us.

Recommended for grades 4-7.

Themes: cultural preservation, language, colonialism, craftsmanship


Foreign and/or Family

Thursday, April 12

*This program is now at capacity, please select another day.*

These films are based on the experiences of families from near and far, questioning strongly held beliefs about circumstances that weigh us down, while highlighting strategies that help us succeed.

Recommended for grades 6-7.
Themes: moral complexity, friendship, poverty, gender roles, adolescence, death, family

No Bully, No Problem 

Friday, April 13

Whether you're a hedgehog defending the place you call home or a young person trying to find your place in the world, these films inspire us to push back and take a stand, and demonstrate that unapologetically being who you are is satisfying and powerful.

Recommended for grades 5-7.
Themes: finding your voice, self-reliance, adolescence, injustice, love, gender roles, bullying



sound in film **NEW**
In this interactive workshop, students will learn about the elements that make up the soundtrack of a film: music, effects and dialogue. In small groups students will create a soundtrack for an animated clip using MacBook Pro computers.

digital filmmaking
The class will learn the functions of a digital video camera, and a few insider tricks. Then students will break into small groups and film short scenes on their own throughout the Roundhouse.

cut-out animation
A variety of pre-fashioned and cut-out materials will be used to create characters and sets. In small groups, using video capture techniques, students will be taken through the steps of creating a short story. 

Students get animated! Choreographed by the instructor, the class will glide, disappear and fly through the air. This is a great introduction to special effects and stop-motion animation.

objects in motion
Using everyday office and school supplies, students will animate objects in new, silly, and imaginative ways.

handmade film
Explore the art and history of cinema. Students will etch and draw on 16mm celluloid to create a collaborative short film. At the end of the workshop students will be able to see their work projected.

Students shape and mold characters with plasticine, and using stop-motion animation, will create short films in small groups. The plastacine is messy, and all kinds of fun!


We encourage teachers to check their school calendar for conflicts prior to registration.

Step 1 - Select the day of the short film program you wish to attend
Step 2 - Select the workshop of your choice (be sure to select back-ups and provide a phone number that you can be reached at during the day, just in case)
Step 3 - Tell us how many students, teachers and parent chaperones will attend

Send the requested information to education [@]

We will respond with confirmation in the form of an invoice and itinerary, or call you back to discuss your options. To ensure fairness, we will respond to reservations in the order in which we receive them--first come, first served. In case Reel Focus is fully booked, you will be alerted and placed on a waitlist. When possible, workshops will be added to accommodate a waitlist. This program typically fills, but we make every effort to accommodate all group requests, and we recommend checking our other Elementary program Feature Focus.

Reel Focus is $175.00 for up to 30 students. Payment can be made by school or personal cheque, and must be made within two weeks of receiving an invoice. We require a minimum of one adult per 8 students, to a maximum of 8 adults at no charge. A receipt and study guide will be issued upon receipt of payment up to one week before your field trip. R2R requires a minimum of two weeks’ notice in order to cancel or modify your registration and to receive a full refund. After that the full fee will be charged.

There is a 30 minute snack break between the film and workshop. David Lam Park and the courtyard beside the Roundhouse are available for classes to snack. You are also welcome to stay inside the Roundhouse during the break.


Please note: program subject to change.