Pacific Cinematheque

Summary of organization/program

Pacific Cinematheque’s Education Department offers film and media education programs and resources for youth, teachers and other community members. From intensive and engaging digital filmmaking programs to film literacy workshops and youth screenings at our theatre, we aim to foster an appreciation and passion for the art of film as well as an understanding of the impact of visual media in the world around us. We are especially committed to supporting a vibrant and active youth-in-film community in the Lower Mainland and throughout the province.

Contact information


 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

 (604) 688-8202


Geographic region

  • Local


  • Youth

History/Background Information

 Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique was established as a film society four decades ago, and since that time has been one of the most active film organizations in North America, with more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually. We have offered filmlovers more international cinema, director retrospectives, contemporary and classic Canadian filmworks, emerging talents, arthouse masterpieces, and experimental shorts and features than any other theatre in the province.

We have also built a well-established reputation as a festival venue in Vancouver, as host to the Vancouver International Film Festival, Latin American Film Festival, Out On Screen, and many others festivals each year.

Dominant Media Forms

video production


At The Cinematheque we’re dedicated to bringing you what we like to think of as essential cinema. Whether new releases, classics or rarely-seen gems, these are movie experiences that stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre: movies that inspire you by their their craft and beauty; movies that really stir the emotions; movies that make you question your assumptions; movies that give you a genuine insight into the local, national and global communities to which we belong.

Supplementing our rich body of programming are core resources like our Film Reference LibraryWest Coast Film Archive, the bi-monthly Cinematheque Program Guide, and our unique educational programs. And as an integral part of the local film community, we frequently provide the only big-screen access to some of the very best work from filmmakers throughout the province.

So if you want to create, present, learn about, or simply enjoy essential cinema experiences, we look forward to welcoming you to The Cinematheque.

Statement of Principles

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Samples of work

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Funding Sources

utoplan 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
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 (open i).
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