Pacific Cinematheque Education Department

Summary of organization/program

The Education Department at Pacific Cinematheque offers film and media education to  students, teachers and other community members. It was designed with the goal of developing appreciation and passion for the art of film and an understanding of the visual media in the world around us.

Contact information


 200 – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7, Canada

 (604) 688-8202


Geographic region

  • Provincial


  • Youth aged 14-19

History/Background Information

  • PACIFIC CINEMATHEQUE is dedicated to advancing cinema as art and as a vital means of communication. Established as a film society almost four decades ago, it is one of the most active film organizations in North America. Our Education Department provides a range of media education and video production programs designed to support critical media literacy in film-lovers of all ages.

Dominant Media Forms

video production


  • Providing intensive and engaging digital filmmaking programs, thought-provoking media literacy workshops and special screening events, through our Education Department we aim to develop an appreciation and passion for the art of film as well as an understanding of the visual media in the world around us.

Statement of Principles

not provided 


  • Stimulate critical thinking in an educational setting and offer youths a means to express their creative visions through film production
  • Commission youth to tell their own stories through the use of media production that are meaningful to them
  • Offer a variety of film and media literacy workshops, special projects, and access to youth screenings at the Pacific Cinematheque theater
  • Support active and keen youth who are involved or wish to be involved in the film community
  • Spread the passion for the art of film making
  • Educate the impact of visual media
  • Provide the tools and education to assist youth in developing the technical skills necessary in video and digital media production
    • programs developed and tailored to specific needs, abilities and skills of individual interest groups
  • Can help arrange after school film-making programs
  • Helps support those interested in film-making ie)

Samples of work

  • SUMMER VISIONS  │ Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth is an award-winning digital media production program for youth aged 14 – 19 produced by our Education Department and Dream Big Productions at Templeton Secondary School. Over two weeks, video makers work in production teams to write, shoot, edit and screen a short digital video, learning video making skills as they create. │
      • Program Info:
        A June 29 – July 10, 2009
        B July 13 – July 24, 2009
        July 13 – July 24, 2009
      • In six weeks, youth learn how to creatively use digital video cameras and camera techniques.
      • Cost: $600
      • Location: Templeton Secondary School, 727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver
      • Full scholarships are available
  • SIGHTS & SOUNDS │ Our award-winning digital filmmaking production program is available to elementary and secondary school students, and interested community groups. Schools and organizations require no equipment; we bring our mobile media lab with us, including digital video camera kits and accessories, sound and lighting equipment, and editing stations. │

Funding Sources

Funders and Sponsors

  • Autoplan Brokers / ICBC The Vancouver Foundation
  • Legacies 2010/Arts Now
  • Multiculturalism Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage
  • The Diamond Foundation / West Coast Reduction
  • The North Shore Youth in Film Program — a collaboration between the District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, and the North Shore film industry
  • VanCity
  • Government of Canada — HRSDC
  • The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation
  • Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • City of Vancouver — Office of Cultural Affairs & Get Out! Community Partnership
  • Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
  • Raymar Realty
  • Reliance Insurance

Partner Organizations

  • Dream Big Productions at Templeton Secondary (Summer Visions Film Institute)
  • The Vancouver Art Gallery (Massive Change video program; FaceBC; National Media Education Week)
  • Portrait Gallery of Canada (FaceBC)
  • British Columbia Association of Media Educators (National Media Education Week)
  • SFU School of Communication (National Media Education Week);
  • Videomatica (The Silver Screen & Cinema Sunday);
  • Burnaby School District;
  • Women in View 2010;
  • National Film Board of Canada’s Pacific and Yukon Centre
  • Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Vancouver School Board
  • BC Centre for Disease Control (TB video project)
  • The Roundhouse Community Centre / Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (Documenting Engagement)
  • Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
  • City of Vancouver Youth Outreach Team (Strathcona video project)
  • Brittania Secondary (Antonio’s Story video project)
  • Langara College Digital Film Production Program
  • Capilano College Professional Film Studies Department
  • Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society