A year-long program celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and its rich cinematic heritage.
The Cinematheque is proud to celebrate Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial with Canada On Screen, an exciting national initiative co-produced by TIFF, The Cinematheque, Library and Archives Canada, and the Cinémathèque québécoise.
Canada On Screen is the most ambitious retrospective of Canada’s moving-image heritage ever mounted. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, a list of Canada’s 150 essential moving-images works, based on a countrywide poll of critics, scholars, and industry professionals, has been compiled across nine categories: feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental films and video, moving-image installations, music videos, commercials, and television shows. These 150 masterworks, many of them newly restored, will be made available to Canadians everywhere in 2017. A full list of the essential 150 is available at tiff.net/canadaonscreen
Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, The Cinematheque will present special free screenings showcasing many of these 150 works. Please join us and discover — or rediscover — the breadth, boldness, and wealth of Canada’s cinema history, a remarkable cultural legacy.
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The Cinematheque begins its year-long series of free Canada On Screen presentations with a B.C.-themed program featuring Sandy Wilson’s Genie-winning feature My American Cousin (1985) and Emily Carr grads Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’s Palme d’Or-winning animated short When the Day Breaks (1999).