Learning & Outreach with The Cinematheque

The Cinematheque is one of the hidden educational gems in Vancouver. I have been working with them for over ten years and they have proven to be a highlight of the year for myself and my students.” Film Studies Teacher (Lord Byng Secondary, Vancouver)

The Cinematheque offers interactive programs that explore film and visual media in the world around us. We believe that creative filmmaking, film appreciation, and digital literacy are best approached through fun and active learning. We value diversity and inclusion, and we centre these values in the hands-on work that we do. Bringing more than twenty years of outreach experience to our practice, we offer programs to members of the public, community organizations, and primary and secondary schools, in Metro Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our Learning & Outreach team is working remotely with schools and community groups to facilitate a range of virtual workshops. You can view the full Cinematheque Learning & Outreach Covid-19 Safety Plan here.

Get in touch to find out more: learn@​thecinematheque.​ca

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Film Noir 2‑Day Filmmaking Workshop
August 13–14

Embrace your inner Billy Wilder or Ida Lupino and make a short, noir-inspired film with The Cinematheque’s Learning & Outreach team!

Workshops for Schools & Youth
All year round

The Cinematheque engages students with a variety of interactive programs that promote critical thinking. Whether you are interested in facilitated film screenings, media- and digital- workshops, or filmmaking training, we can help.

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Cinelab 2022
July 4–15 & July 18–29

Two-week summer filmmaking programs for aspiring artists aged 14–19 presented by The Cinematheque in partnership with SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

Reaching Out

Reaching Out empowered young activists in Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) to produce and share high-quality videos aimed at making change and building networks of Allies within their local communities. Provided with mentorship from professional filmmakers from The Cinematheque and educators from Out on Screen, youth from Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Burnaby GSAs created short films and learn strategies to impact thousands of youth across the Lower Mainland. Find out more.

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Constructed Canadiana Part 1
Canada on Screen Study Guide

Focusing on the nature of Canadian identity in film and media, Constructed Canadiana Part 1 provides an interactive, and collaborative resource for anyone wishing to develop critical thinking skills in the classroom, and beyond. Access the accompanying workshop materials here.

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Constructed Canadiana Part 2
Canada on Screen Study Guide

The second part of the Constructed Canadiana study guide explores themes of "cultural comedy" and the variety of filmmaking within this vast country. Access the accompanying workshop materials here.

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Female Voices
Canada on Screen Study Guide

Focusing primarily on the representations of Canadian female filmmakers, Female Voices explores the female perspective and representation within Canadian cinema.

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Indigenous Voices
Canada on Screen Study Guide

Indigenous Voices explores the representation of Canadian Indigenous voices in film and media, and the accompanying workshop materials provides links to a wide range of resources to further your knowledge and understanding in this area.

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Creative OUTlets
Free Online Resource

Free online resource for artists aged 13–18 interested in making projects focused on 2SLGBTQIA+ identities, issues, and themes. Created by The Cinematheque in partnership with Out In Schools.

Film Camps

Want to be a director? A cameraperson? A performer? Collaborate with young artists like yourself to create a participant-led video project! Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, our camps take you from a simple idea to a short film, while you’re supported by experienced educators and filmmakers using top equipment and software. We offer Film Camps throughout the year, and will be updating this page with upcoming Camps soon.