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Better Youth Inc Presents the 9th Annual Real to Reel Global Youth Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 20th - Tickets Are Now Available

"We call our annual international event the olympics of youth film festivals. We take pride that it is a former foster youth driven initiative and supported by a cohort of entertainment industry mentors"-CEO Syd Stewart

    LOS ANGELES, CA, September 14, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Better Youthfeels there is no time like the present to announce the return of their 9th Annual 'Real to Reel Global Youth Film Festival'. Better Youth provides a media arts education, training and professional development program for foster and system-impacted youth aged 14-24. The Real To Reel Global platform culminates in an annual film and music festival that will be held on October 20th from 6-11pm.

This foster youth inspired festival 'Real To Reel Global' is not just any ordinary event; it embodies the heart and soul of the vibrant world of film and storytelling. It is a celebration of creativity and imagination, where passionate individuals come together to share their unique stories with the world. This remarkable gathering is made possible by former foster youth producers and industry mentors, who pour their energy and talent into curating an experience like no other.

Prepare to be captivated by an impressive lineup of special guests, including the renowned personalities Actor/Writer Melvin Jackson, Sr. Talent Joseph Hughes, and producer/CEO Gamechanger Films Effie Brown, who will be screening an incredible selection of youth-created films from across the globe.

"We are elated to celebrate our 9th Annual Global Youth Film Festival in LA on October 20th. We call our annual international event the olympics of youth film festivals. We take pride that it is a former foster youth driven initiative and supported by a cohort of entertainment industry mentors. We take pride in providing training and professional development to participating youth and supporting young storytellers year after year" - CEO Syd Stewart

The Real To Reel Global team operates like a well-oiled machine, with each member bringing their own expertise and perspective to the table. From scouting and selecting the most compelling films to organizing engaging panel discussions and workshops, these gifted individuals work tirelessly to create an event that captivates and inspires.

Behind every successful team lies a network of experienced professionals who provide invaluable guidance and support. Real To Reel benefits from the wisdom and experience of industry veterans, who lend their expertise to ensure that every aspect of the event is meticulously planned and executed. From renowned filmmakers and screenwriters to seasoned producers and distributors, these industry titans lend their knowledge and insights to make Real To Reel Global an exceptional experience for all.

As you step into the world of Real To Reel Global , be prepared to be swept away by the magic of cinema. Here, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a diverse selection of thought-provoking films that explore the human condition, challenge social norms, and celebrate the power of storytelling. With genres ranging from drama to documentary, and from animation to experimental, there is something for everyone at Real To Reel Global.

Beyond the films, Real To Reel Global offers a myriad of opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals who share your passion for cinema. Panel discussions featuring industry experts provide a platform for thought-provoking conversations and debates, while workshops offer a chance to hone your skills and learn from the best in the business. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, a film enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the transformative power of youth cinema, Real To Reel Global 2023welcomes you with open arms.

So mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable experience as Real To Reel Global takes center stage. Get ready to be inspired, entertained, and moved by the power of storytelling. Join us at Real To Reel Global and become a part of the ever-growing community that believes in the magic of cinema.

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Better Youth is a social impact non profit with a mission is to build creative confidence, close resource gaps and prepare foster and system impacted youth for sustained success in the creative economy. Better Youth's no-cost creative media programs provide technical skills training, mentorship, professional skills development and paid work experience to bridge the digital and diversity divide. Their program progression includes state and federally registered pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship career pathways in animation, interactive gaming, filmmaking and project management. Better Youth's vision is to activate our youth as the next-gen powerhouses of the creative economy.

Founded by CEO Syd Stewart who has extensive nonprofit experience, Better Youth started as a music and creative writing organization. In the heart of New York City, Stewart led with the goal to ease children from their daily adversities. She worked with children from The Ronald McDonald House battling cancer and children facing poverty in the housing projects of Harlem. In 2010, Stewart set her sights on the west coast in Los Angeles.

Shawn Jackson, Director of Operators & Learning Innovation; Larry Hughes, Chief Financial Officer, Program Leaders, Paul Calderon (Film & TV Writer/Director and educator; Grant Webster, Animation, Dr. Katryrna Starks, Interactive Gaming, Miguel Coleman (SEL/Program Director). Johna Rivers, Real to Reel Global Co-Founder/Lead Producer and Executive Board, Evelyn Rodriguez, Real to Reel Lead Producer and Advisory Council, Support Staff (Real to Reel Lead Producer, Advisory Council, Ivanna Jackson, Creative Administrator, Hannah Chan, Creative Coordinator, Breyon Jackson, Creative Assistant.

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