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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 in 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: 22-23

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!

Fake News! Information in the Digital Age

School Year: 22-23

What information is real, and what is fake? In a constantly changing and aggressive media landscape, it is increasingly difficult to decide which information is trustworthy. This workshop provides participants with the tools necessary to tackle information, journalism, and media in the contemporary Digital Age. It unpacks what kinds of fake news exists, how to spot and debunk fake news across different media, and the political economy of media packaging. Pairing clips, case studies and hands-on group-work, this workshop offers tools for exposing fake news, and insight into what challenges lie ahead in the news landscape.

Visual Gaze

School Year: 22-23

The Visual Gaze Project focuses on visual storytelling for film - how to tell a story primarily through images unaccompanied by written, or verbal narration, or dialogue. The Cinematheque works with students to tell universal stories driven foremost by visual images and supported by related soundscapes. Through every phase of the production process, students are able to consider what happens when we remove language barriers from film. This project involves seven collaborative sessions over several weeks or months.

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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