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Providing opportunities for multi-barriered youth to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking at no cost.​

Frames Film Program

About Us

The Frames Film Program is a film production and life skills program that provides opportunities for youth to learn the basics of filmmaking in a supportive, safe and fun environment.


Youth collaboratively create short film projects expressing their thoughts and ideas for change. In some cases, youth will conceptualize, film, and edit a film for a partnered non-profit organization to gain hands-on work experience and build community engagement. All projects are shared with the community via numerous events and media channels after each course.

Several of our participants' short films have had great success on the film festival circuit. Where We Sleep (2012) screened at the Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth and won Best Directing for its brave team. What Is A Home? (2013) won Best Film at the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society's Youth Film Competition, and is an official selection of the Reel Youth Film Festival which premiered the PSA at the Vancouver International Film Festival and has toured over thirty countries worldwide.


Over the past 11 years, our approach has proven to help youth with significant barriers develop a wide range of skills and begin to take necessary steps towards employment and community attachment.

Program Features

  • Each ten-week cycle involves weekly lessons and two shooting and editing weekends

  • Receive support from a full youth Case Management Team, a Frames’ Social Worker and Film Instructor

  • Gain life and employment skills, industry knowledge from guest speakers, and technical filmmaking skills.


Program Evaluations & Toolkit

McCreary Centre Evaluation

An evaluation report conducted by the McCreary Centre Society that assesses the capacity of our program for addressing areas of well-being (ie. life skills, addictions, psychosocial functioning) and increased awareness of the mental health challenges affecting youth.

UBC Evaluation

A study of the Frames Film Program, conducted by the University of British Columbia, that examines the impact of arts-based programming on marginalized youth and their surrounding communities.

Toolkit For Service Providers

Interested in delivering a youth-focused film program at your community organization? Use this toolkit as an adaptable framework for engaging youth through film.

Donate To Frames Film Program

Our programs are funded by government grants and donations from generous companies and individuals.

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