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The Cinematheque

Discipline: Film / Video, Visual Arts
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English
Contact Me: (604) 688-8202 , Email

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 British Columbia. We aim to foster a critical understanding of the impact of visual media in the world around us, and an appreciation for the exciting art of filmmaking. The Cinematheque values diversity, inclusion and Canadian cinema, and we center these values in the hands-on work that we do. We believe that media and digital literacy are best learned through fun and active learning. Bringing 20 years of experience to our work, we are happy to offer our programs to schools in the Lower Mainland and throughout B.C. We are passionate about working in schools, because we believe in providing children and youth 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. Every year, we reach an average of 3,000 children and youth, and more than 100 educators.


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

Project Examples

2018 Mockumentaries

A series of Mockumentary Short Films made by Middle School Students of Edith Cavil. The students explored and reversed the documentary genre, creating unique - and hilarious - fake films.


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! Let us custom-design a program and show you how.

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