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Youth Media Project

Tell a story…

Filmmaking inspiration and helpful tips

The Barrie Film Festival wants to empower you to tell stories that have never been told: Your Stories.

We want to give you some ideas and useful techniques through this series of videos that range from: short films, “How To” talks with filmmakers, to instructional tips that you can try yourself.

With the impact of COVID-19 many are struggling. Isolation can bring about feelings of anxiousness, having to be physically apart from friends, peers, support systems from outside of the home, as well as potentially missing important life events. We want to encourage you to turn to creating films as an outlet for self-expression. Use technology readily available to you and make a movie. It all starts with an idea. Tell a short story, create a video diary, put poetry to moving pictures, experiment with stop animation or put pictures to music…

We hope that you feel inspired by what you see.


Unleash your creativity!

How To Talks:



Jennifer Podemski
(Actor, Writer, Producer, Director)

Justin G Dyck
(Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer)

watch here



Paula Ner Dormiendo

Liv McNeil

watch here


Shorts / How To’s:

“Queer Isolation” short and “HOW TO” video

Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim (Writer, Director, Editor)

watch here

“3 Easy Tips to Improve Your Videos”

Brendan Hiles
(Writer, Director, Producer)

watch here

Inspirational Shorts:

“Be Thankful” inspirational short

Flavia Guimaraes (Director, Producer)

– watch here

Special thanks to Phillip Daniels, Wyeth Clarkson, and all the talented filmmakers that contributed their time and talent to this project.


The Youth Virtual Media Arts Program is a project of the Barrie Film Festival and supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Barrie Community Foundation. This initiative is presented in partnership with Talk Is Free Theatre.




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