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.

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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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Virtual Small File Filmmaking Workshop
January 11 to February 1

The Cinematheque has teamed up with the Small File Media Festival to offer this workshop on making films with tiny carbon footprints and huge creative impact.


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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.