Canada on Screen


A year-long program celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and its rich cinematic heritage.

The Cinematheque is proud to celebrate Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial with Canada on Screen, an exciting national initiative co-produced by TIFF, The Cinematheque, Library and Archives Canada, and the Cinémathèque québécoise.

Canada on Screen is the most ambitious retrospective of Canada’s moving-image heritage ever mounted. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, a list of Canada’s 150 essential moving-images works, based on a countrywide poll of critics, scholars, and industry professionals, has been compiled across nine categories: feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental films and video, moving-image installations, music videos, commercials, and television shows. These 150 masterworks, many of them newly restored, will be made available to Canadians everywhere in 2017. A full list of the essential 150 is available at

Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, The Cinematheque will present special free screenings showcasing many of these 150 works. Please join us and discover — or rediscover — the breadth, boldness, and wealth of Canada’s cinema history, a remarkable cultural legacy.


As we commemorate Canada 150, The Cinematheque acknowledges that Vancouver is located on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.



Une année complète de programmation célébrant le 150e anniversaire du Canada et la richesse de son patrimoine cinématographique.

The Cinematheque est fière de célébrer en 2017 les 150 ans du Canada avec Canada à l’écran, une initiative nationale stimulante coproduite par le TIFF, The Cinémathèque, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada et la Cinémathèque québécoise.

Canada à l’écran est la rétrospective consacrée au patrimoine cinématographique et vidéographique canadien la plus ambitieuse jamais organisée. En l’honneur du 150e anniversaire du pays, une liste de 150 œuvres canadiennes essentielles a été établie selon un groupe pancanadien de critiques, de chercheurs et de membres de l’industrie. Elles sont présentées en neuf catégories : longs métrages de fiction, documentaires, courts métrages, films et vidéos expérimentaux, installations vidéo, vidéoclips, films publicitaires et émissions de télévision. Ces 150 œuvres, dont plusieurs ont fait l’objet d’une restauration récente, seront présentées aux Canadiens partout au pays en 2017. Une liste complète des 150 œuvres essentielles est disponible ici:

À partir de janvier et tout au long de l’année, The Cinematheque présentera gratuitement des séances de projection spéciales mettant en vedette plusieurs de ces 150 œuvres. Venez découvrir – ou redécouvrir – avec nous la portée, l’audace et la richesse de l’histoire cinématographique canadienne et de son héritage culturel.


Tandis que nous soulignons le 150e anniversaire du Canada, The Cinematheque reconnaît que Vancouver est située sur les terres ancestrales des Salish du littoral, y compris les territoires traditionnels des nations Musqueam, Squamish, et Tsleil-Waututh.


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Current Showings

FREE! Anne Claire Poirier’s key work of feminist cinema in Canada is preceded by Michèle Cournoyer's troubling animated film, The Hat.
FREE! David Cronenberg’s most influential and conceptually ingenious film is preceded by Mike Hoolboom's dazzling short film, Frank's Cock.
FREE! Atom Egoyan’s low-budget marvel, one of his most playful and most rigorous films, is preceded by the innovative short, Noah.
FREE! Michael Snow’s milestone, one of avant-garde cinema’s most celebrated and influential works, is followed by Ellie Epp's elegant Trapline.
FREE! Alanis Obomsawin's behind-the-barricades look at Canada’s Oka crisis of 1990 is preceded by Peter Foldès's pioneering animation, Hunger.

Recent Showings

FREE! Sandy Wilson’s charming film à clef is preceded by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's animated NFB short, When The Day Breaks.
FREE! André Mélançon's holiday classic is one of Canada’s most cherished children’s films.
FREE! Larry Kent's scandalous debut, the first modern English-Canadian feature, screens with Peter Bryant's 1976 comedy, The Supreme Kid.
FREE! Jennifer Baichwal’s devastatingly beautiful film, a profile on photographer Edward Burtynsky, is preceded by Colin Low's NFB milestone, Corral.
FREE! Michel Brault’s prize-winning second feature is preceded by Joyce Wieland's experimental short, Rat Life and Diet in North America.
FREE! Ted Kotcheff’s lively adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s serio-comic novel is preceded by Sheldon Cohen's NFB favourite, The Sweater.
FREE! Montreal iconoclast André Forcier's breakthrough film is preceded by postmodernist John Paizs's Springtime in Greenland.
FREE! Sarah Polley’s celebrated, highly-personal documentary is preceded by Ann Marie Fleming's signature work, You Take Care Now.
FREE! Guy Maddin’s wild and warped tale of obsessive love is preceded by Chris Landreth's mind-blowing short, Ryan.
FREE! CBC’s fan-adored miniseries, an adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Victorian-set novel, is one of Canadian television's perennial works.