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The Cinematheque

Discipline: Film/Video
Homebase: Vancouver
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Interior, Virtual
Languages: English
Grant Eligibility: Eligible to apply for AIC

The Cinematheque offers filmmaking and media literacy workshops to learners of any age or background, in order to support and engage a vibrant film community in BC. We aim to foster a critical understanding of the impact of visual media in the world around us. The Cinematheque values diversity, inclusion, and Canadian cinema, and we centre these values in the hands-on work that we do. Bringing 20 years of experience to our work, we are happy to offer our programs to schools throughout BC. We are passionate about working in schools, because we believe in providing students with visual tools to understand and create moving images, and thus to be an active and critical part of our visual society. Crafting a short film is an exciting exercise in teamwork, creative collaboration and communication: an exercise that enriches the children and youth's life skills.

Classroom Residency(ies)

Contact Me: (604) 688-8202, Email


School Year: 23-24

From local portraits of homelessness to explorations of global environmental issues, documentaries share compelling stories, raise awareness and stir us to action. Frequently, our most challenging and rewarding programs are in documentary film production, where new filmmakers start with a raw concept and end with a short film they can be proud of. If your class or school would like to create a documentary about an issue or your own initiative, feel free to get in touch!

Visual Storytelling

School Year: 23-24

The Cinematheque offers a range of workshops on fiction filmmaking, where students can learn and apply the basic concepts of Visual Storytelling. Short on time? We offer a 3-hour workshop where students learn the basic shot types, camera movements, and composition techniques involved in fiction filmmaking, and apply what they've learned through a video scavenger hunt. Want to tackle a more ambitious project? We can walk your class through the entire process of making a 3-5 minute film, from pre-production to filming to editing, using our professional camera, sound, and video editing equipment.

Testimonials & Reviews

The Cinematheque didn't shy away from the challenge. They embraced it. And because of that, so did the youth. A highly refined resource I wouldn't hesitate to access again. Kerrie Watt, Prevention Consultant, Vancouver Coastal Health
I have nothing but the highest praise for The Cinematheque's Education Department workshops. They have been a massive success with our students, and an inspiration for our teachers. English Teacher, Point Grey Secondary

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