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 opportunities for learners of all ages to deepen their understanding of film culture. Since 1995, we have offered school programs and day camps in filmmaking and film appreciation to children and youth. We take a hands-on, active approach to film education, and students in our programs have creative freedom to use cinema as a tool of self-discovery and exploration. We also deliver outreach programs for the general public, including interactive lectures and filmmaking workshops. Additionally, we offer professional development opportunities and resources for educators looking for accessible ways to incorporate filmmaking and media literacy projects in the classroom. We value diversity and inclusion in our outreach work, and we believe that everyone should have access to filmmaking as a means of self-expression. Bringing more than 25 years of experience to our practice, our team of knowledgeable filmmakers and educators offer programs in Metro Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.

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Cinelab 2023
Applications are now open

Cinelab is a two-week long summer filmmaking program for aspiring artists aged 14–19 presented by The Cinematheque in partnership with the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

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Cinelab Shorts
Film archive

Browse our Vimeo channel to watch the most recent films produced by our Cinelab participants.

Workshops for Schools
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.

Upcoming Events

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Deep Focus: French New Wave
March 23 (Saturday) 12:30 pm

In this edition of “Deep Focus,” an interactive lecture series presented by Learning & Outreach at The Cinematheque, we take a deep dive into the history, style, and legacy of the New Wave.


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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.