Juvenis Youth Arts Festival

Is National Youth Arts week is May 1-7 and in partnership with the Juvenis Youth Arts Festival we’re helping to present 2 free film events.

Created in 2016, this youth-driven, multi-disciplinary festival is for youth in our community who wish to display their work, perform, share their talents and experiences and learn more about a variety of arts topics. The Juvenis Festival takes place in venues across Kingston from April 29- May 7.  Check out the full list of Juvy Fest activities! 

Juvy’s Movies

Monday, May 1
The Screening Room

Catch the final product of 2 crazy days of filmmaking!  This is the premiere of films created during the Rapid Reel 48 Hour Film Challenge and the winner will be crowned that night.  You’ll also have the chance to check out films created by local artists under 30.  Free! 

Preview Into Film Panel

Wednesday, May 3
7:00 pm
Juvenis Storefront Art Gallery, 274 Princess Street, Kingston (the former American Apparel store)

Braden Dragomir, Jay Middaugh and Kathy Shultz chat about their careers in film and media, giving you the low down on everything you need to know to get started.  Moderated by KCFF’s Local and Youth Shorts Programmer Ava Brown-Mantha!  Free! 

Braden Dragomir

Braden is a journalist turned filmmaker. After almost a decade as a broadcast reporter working in news affiliates like CBC, CTV, CKWS, NBC and CBS, he shifted his focus to creative storytelling. Braden heads up the teams at Make Hay Media and Filmworks Collective. As part of a passionate team, everyone takes on roles from Director to Gaffer, and everything in between. In film and television, Braden spent time on the sets of Xmen 2, Smallville, and Dead Like. He was also the Associate Producer/Editor for Improvisation Nation, a Canadian Comedy Award nominee for best writing, as well as the Director of Stories of the Hip, and short documentary on The Tragically Hip’s final concert in Kingston, Ontario on August 20, 2016.


Jay Middaugh

Jay Middaugh was born just outside of Toronto, but was lucky enough to mostly grow up in Muskoka, where he learned to build snow forts, play music, and make movies on his dad’s 20-pound RCA camcorder. He met his wife Sienna while tree planting, and moved to Kingston in 2003.  Along with filmmaking, Jay runs the Sleeping Giant School of Music, coaches youth basketball, and tries to keep track of his three kids.  He recently wrote and directed LIVE in Kingston, a feature film about the Kingston music scene, which premiered at the 2017 Kingston Canadian Film Festival.


Kathy Shultz

Kathy Shultz has been working in film and television for 10 years as a set and puppet builder in stop-motion animation. Her animated short “A Sea Turtle Story” (Official Selection, TIFF KIDS 2012, Clermont-Ferrand 2013) marks her directorial debut. Made for the National Film Board of Canada, the project began as a children’s book about sea turtles based on her experience working with biologists and conservationists in India and Southeast Asia. Kathy currently lives in Toronto, where she also teaches animation to young people and is developing an interactive film project about the Kermode Bear of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.