West Coast Film Archives

The Cinematheque's West Coast Film Archive is comprised of three collections of 16mm and 35mm prints.

The West Coast Film Collection is devoted to preserving the precious heritage of independent filmmaking on Canada's west coast. Holdings include more than 200 significant B.C. films dating from 1968 to 1978 — the first major wave of independent and avant-garde filmmaking in this province. Most of the major artists who first shaped B.C.'s distinctive cinema are represented: David Rimmer, Al Razutis, Sandy Wilson, Phillip Borsos, Tom Braidwood, Sturla Gunnarsson, Al Sens, Kirk Tougas, and many others.

The National Film Board Collection consists of over 800 film titles produced from 1960 to 1985 by the National Film Board of Canada.

The Canadian Film Collection includes a number of animated, experimental and feature films made outside of B.C.

There is a comprehensive catalogue of all the Canadian film prints, and the prints themselves are arranged according to archival standards in our film vault.

For more information, please email info@thecinematheque.ca or call 604-688-8202 during regular office hours, Monday to Friday.