Canada on Screen



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 Check out our program listings to see what’s coming up!


For teachers and students, we have six film studies events offered at The Cinematheque theatre in Spring 2017:

APRIL 19 (am): CONSTRUCTED CANADIANA – From hockey and igloos to maple syrup and Tim Hortons, examine and critique how our advertising, television and films have shaped our ideas of what it is to be Canadian.
APRIL 19 (pm): VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE! – Régis Painchaud, producteur et fondateur des Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone, nous offre un bref compte rendu sur le cinéma unique du Québec des soixante dernières années et de l’évolution de la société québécoise depuis la parution du Manifeste du Refus Global en 1948. Présenté en français.
MAY 18 (am): MUSICALLY INCLINED – Tap in to the rhythms of Canada’s music film culture during this presentation of acclaimed Canadian music videos, followed by the award-winning feature, 32 Films About Glenn Gould.
MAY 18 (pm): CANADA’S FIRST NATIONS – Allan W. Hopkins, former TV Producer and Journalist, now scriptwriter and filmmaker about to direct his first feature film, presents this workshop, with a screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s groundbreaking film Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.
MAY 19 (am): ANIMATED HISTORIES – From the political messages of Norman McLaren’s Oscar-winning Neighbours and Richard Condie’s Oscar-nominated The Big Snit to the nostalgia factor of John Weldon’s Log Driver’s Waltz, this powerhouse program will amuse, excite, and inspire.
MAY 19 (pm): DOCUMENTARY TRADITIONS – Filmmakers in this country have been uncovering and crafting powerful, real-world stories for decades, making Canada an international leader in the documentary genre. Explore our documentary past and present with a selection of clips from our most important works.
Download our Canada on Screen Film Studies Screening brochure and contact us at or 604-688-8202 to register your class today!


In February, 2017, BC Filmmaker and Artist Educator Flick Harrison and Allan W. Hopkins, former TV Producer and Journalist, now scriptwriter and filmmaker about to direct his first feature film, visited Pemberton and Mount Currie, BC, located on the traditional territories of Líl̓wat Nation. Working with students from Xet̓ólacw Community School (XCS) and Pemberton Secondary School, groups of young filmmakers created short films expressing the complex, personal, and community-oriented ideas of nationhood and identity. Their work explores diverse themes and ideas, and are available on The Cinematheque Vimeo Page.

As we commemorate Canada 150, The Cinematheque acknowledges that Vancouver is located on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.