For Schools/Youth Groups

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Curriculum Focused Screenings at The Vic Theatre

The Victoria Film Festival offers a unique educational experience through curriculum-based screenings at The Vic Theatre in downtown Victoria. With the assistance of our Programmer, we present teachers with a selection of films focused on your curriculum. Screenings available throughout the Festival often have the filmmaker in attendance to provide a Q&A following the film. We do also offer films throughout the school year.

Want to bring a filmmaker into your school? Contact our Outreach Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Filmmakers Into Schools

The Festival is looking for teachers interested in having filmmakers visit their classrooms to talk about the experience of creating films. The filmmakers will include writers, directors, composers and producers involved in documentaries, narrative and experimental film.

Our speakers cover a range of topics, all of which promote a critical understanding of how visual media affects our lives. Visits can be designed to fit within the context of classroom schedules and subject areas — literature, art, music, social studies, career planning or language studies. It also provides students with the opportunity to speak with real, professional filmmakers to get advice, guidance and insight into a filmmaking career. There is no cost to have a filmmaker visit your school.


Larry Weinstein & Thomas Wallner at Claremont Secondary School

1-Hour Basic Filmmaking Workshop

This introductory filmmaking workshop is perfect for schools, libraries and youth centres alike! Delivered by a local award-winning filmmaker, kids learn the fundamentals of story formation, composition, editing and lighting with encouragement to create experimental, documentary and narrative style films. With the right skills and inspiration, students will be able to create their very own short films! This program is provided free to youth groups when we are able to source funding. To be placed on a waitlist and notified of program dates, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are an educator interested in any of these programs please contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (250) 389-0444

For Parents/Youth

We also have some exciting programs available to youth that they can participate in on their own! Parents, if you would like to have your child participate in the 1-Hour Basic Filmmaking Workshop (see description above), please contact our Outreach Coordinator for available spots. Our workshop is based on funding and may not always be available.

Shoot the Write Stuff Summer Camp

Is your child intrigued by how YouTube videos, TV series and movies are made? Then Shoot the Write Stuff will give them a taste of the creative side of filmmaking!

Camp participants will have the opportunity to try out each of the key creative roles involved in making a film -- writing, directing, camera operator, actor/host and editor. At the end of the week they'll have a short documentary or dramatic film to take home on DVD. Throughout the week they'll receive mentoring and feedback from experienced and award-winning filmmakers.

Class limit of 15; suitable for kids
aged 11-14; 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Please contact our Outreach Coordinator for dates, location, and cost or to be placed on the waitlist for summer 2015 as the camp sells out early every year.


Kids! Get your imagination going, create a 4 minute short film masterpiece and upload it to our Vimeo channel! Then get your friends and family to vote on your work and you could win! What happens when you win you ask? Well, you get some amazing prizes and bragging rights when your short film screens alongside a feature length film at the Festival!

Past prizes have included:

- A Gulf Islands Film and Television School scholarship
- A beautiful new 27" iMac computer (courtesy of Aqua Irrigation Systems) and a 1 yr subscription to the complete #AdobeCreativeSuite

All FilmCAN entries will be screened throughout the 10 days as well! For all the rules and regulations, please visit our website: