About Us

The Reel Fun Film Festival was founded by Janice Fercho and Cathy McKee in 2006. After working in the industry, Janice and Cathy found that there was a need for a film festival/event that included international films exclusively for all family members AND that offered the opportunity for children/youth to experience the thrill of becoming young Alberta film makers.
In 2007 we launched the Reel Fun Film Festival with screenings only and in 2008 we added film making workshops ( that sold out in 48 hours!) to accompany our screenings. In 2009 we continued with our screenings and our workshops (as well as partnering with The Director's Cut in 2008 which we continue to go into schools to teach students/teachers how to use film in their curriculum) and we added the Reel Fun Family Day Weekend events that showcased the talents of Alberta's Film Industry by offering interactive booths that families could come and participate in film related activities before and after screenings.

For 2010 - we will be adding another component to complete the full circle of the Reel Fun Film Festival - stay tuned!!


Film is fast, fun and fresh, making it the perfect medium for today’s youth. Through film, RFFF can open minds to cultural diversity by showcasing exceptional stories of the human experience, promoting emotional intelligence and developing media literacy among youths in the community.
In order to reach as many students as possible, our initiatives this year include:
  • Encouraging participation of all students in the Calgary area; including public schools, separate schools, French Immersion programs as well as charter schools and home schooled students.
    • Participation of French Immersion programs will be encouraged with the addition of a francophone film.
    • A portion of funds raised will be used to bring in school groups who may otherwise not be able to afford to attend.
  • Films are chosen to fit within the Alberta Education guidelines to help teachers deliver the curriculum while presenting the material in an exciting new medium aimed at the students.
    • For each film, participants receive a comprehensive study guide. Included in the guide are questions to guide classroom discussion, worksheets and suggested activities to complement the film.
    • Curriculum links include: Health and physical education, Family Studies, Social Studies and Humanities, Language Arts, History and Geography as well as Film Studies and World Studies.
The Reel Fun Film Festival is a registered non-profit Society and a charitable organization.
Our Staff
Cathy McKeeFestival Director
Cathy has been a film fanatic every since she was a child. Drama in school and university took her to follow her passion of teaching - heavily influenced by the fine arts.Cathy volunteered at first and then worked for the Calgary International Film Festival over five years in the guest relations dept., family programming and in the sponsorship department where she met her co director Janice Fercho. As an ex-teacher and mother to four children (ages 9-20) she is thrilled to be co directing the Reel Fun Film Festival, and would like to invite you to enjoy the RFFF film experience with your friends and family !!






If you have any questions or comments we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email at: or call Cathy at (403) 275-9373 / (403) 875-8875