Canada On Screen

FREE SCREENINGS!
FREE EVENTS!

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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OPENING NIGHT | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
RECEPTION, REFRESHMENTS & SANDY WILSON IN PERSON

6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of My American Cousin and When the Day Breaks

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).

 

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Current Showings

FREE! Larry Kent's stylish, scandalous debut, the first modern Canadian feature, screens with Peter Bryant's 1976 comedy, The Supreme Kid.
FREE! Jennifer Baichwal’s devastatingly beautiful film, a profile on photographer Edward Burtynsky, is preceded by Colin Low's NFB milestone, Corral.
FREE! Michel Brault’s prize-winning second fiction is preceded by Joyce Wieland's experimental short, Rat Life and Diet in North America.

Recent Showings

FREE! Sandy Wilson’s charming film à clef is preceded by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's animated NFB short, When The Day Breaks.
FREE! André Mélançon's holiday classic is one of Canada’s most cherished children’s films.