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

Program 1: July 5–16
Program 2: July 19–30

Location: The Post at 750, Startup Studio
110–750 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2R5 

Daily schedule: Monday to Friday 9 am – 4 pm

Update: June 28, 2021

This summer, create a unique short film from start to finish with the support of experienced professionals. In small crews, participants will be guided through the complete filmmaking process, from scripting to directing, from lighting to editing. We provide an inclusive, welcoming, and creative space with professional equipment and experienced artists to facilitate the program. Established professionals from the Vancouver creative scene will deliver masterclasses. Completed works will debut at a special film premiere. 

The focus of these programs is to empower young artists to bring their creative visions to life through the visual language of film, with specific attention to the self-representation of minority groups. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, registration for Cinelab will be limited and separated into two programs. Program 1 will run July 5–16, and Program 2 will run July 19–30. Registration for each program will be capped at 12 to allow for social distancing and to reduce overall contacts. You can view the full Cinematheque Learning & Outreach Covid-19 Safety Plan here.


You can view the detailed schedule here. Please note the schedule is subject to minor change.

Masterclass Speakers

Acting — Doralynn Mui (actor, Riverdale, Deadly Class)
Directing (Program 1) — Jason Karman (director, Lions in Waiting; Golden Delicious)
Directing (Program 2) — Kathleen Hepburn (co-director, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open; director, Never Steady, Never Still)
Cinematography Masterclass — Suzanne Friesen (cinematographer, As the Smoke Rises; writer-director, Tu)

Applications for Cinelab are now closed.

We are not accepting new waitlist entries at this time. Currently waitlisted applicants will be notified of their position on the waitlist via email from cinelab@​thecinematheque.​ca. Participants will be moved off the waitlist as soon as spots become available, with a final status update on Friday July 2nd.

Registration: $650

You will receive payment instructions by email upon application notification. Payment will be taken until 5 pm June 30th. 

Cancellation policy: Full refunds will be granted for cancellations up to the start date of camp. Pro-rated refunds will be given for participants who must withdraw from Cinelab for reasons of illness.

The Cinematheque is a not-for-profit organization and the program fee is subsidized by support from our sponsors. Our sponsors generously donate limited bursaries for participants who meet their requirements and/​or are in need of financial assistance. Please note that bursaries are limited. The deadline for bursary applications is 5 pm June 18, and applicants will be notified by June 25. If you would like more information, please contact cinelab@​thecinematheque.​ca.

Supported by:
The City of North Vancouver
The District of North Vancouver

The Cinematheque is a film institute and media education centre devoted to understanding the art and history of Canadian and international cinema and the impact of moving images and screen-based media in our lives. With over 20 years of outreach experience, The Cinematheque engages with people of all ages through interactive film and visual media programs.

SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods, offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes in dance, film, music/​sound, theatre performance and production, and visual art are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts.