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Do you have a passion for film and a desire to try something new?

Are you looking for a way to appreciate the world around you or perhaps discover more about the lands you are on?

If you are nodding yes, then this program is for you! 

Focused TV is a brand new Reel Youth program for participants in Alberta and British Columbia! Here, participants will plan, shoot, and edit meaningful short films. They will pick a space close to them and dig in deep to make films specific to historical and cultural geography of their surroundings. A program about decolonizing place and the structures of cinema.

All skill levels encouraged to join!

This program is entirely online and no filmmaking experience is necessary.

      In this FREE program, you will:                                                                                  

          • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit an impactful piece of focused TV
             (up to 1 hour in length), all from home
          • Receive a $200 honourarium
          • Receive a one-year license for Adobe Creative Cloud
          • Work creatively with a small group of peers
          • Share a place or experience that is important to you
          • Learn and have fun!

Parts of your films will be featured at a virtual gala after the program and distributed on TELUS' Optik TV, YouTube, and the Reel Youth website.

      You are:

          • Excited about filmmaking and interested in trying something new
          • Between the ages of 14 and 24
          • A BC or Alberta resident
          • Available for all 6 program sessions listed below
          • Available for course work outside of the session times
          • Able to access a computer or laptop that can run Zoom (details) and                  Adobe Creative Cloud (details).

We welcome any level of experience, and youth who are Black, Indigenous, POC, female-identified, LGBTQ2S+ or who have disabilities or face systemic or structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized. Applicants from Medicine Hat and Penticton will also be given priority.

This program has 6 sessions and full attendance is required. Sessions will be held Tuesdays, 5:00PM to 6:30PM. Session dates are as follows:

          May 30        5 – 6:30 pm Pacific time
          June 6         5 – 6:30 pm Pacific time
          June 13       5 – 6:30 pm Pacific time
          June 20       5 – 6:30 pm Pacific time
          June 27       5 – 6:30 pm Pacific time
          July 4            5 – 6:30 pm Pacific time

          Date and time TBC:     Online premiere screening!


In our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world—a just humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully and without fear. A community where no one is exiled or silenced because of gender, gender expression, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual/affectional orientation, age, class, physical character or disability. We believe in the power of storytelling to make connections across difference.

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