Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival


The best of 2017 in Canadian features, shorts, and student shorts.

The year’s best Canadian films are in the spotlight in The Cinematheque’s annual presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Established in 2001 by the Toronto International Film Festival, this celebration of excellence in our national cinema showcases Canadian achievements in feature-length films, short films, and student short films.

The festival's selections are curated by TIFF. To be eligible, films must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident and have been released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada.


6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of Never Steady, Never Still

Acknowledgments: The Cinematheque is grateful to TIFF for making this Vancouver presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival possible. Special thanks to Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Festival Programming, TIFF; and Lisa Haller, Senior Programming Associate, Festival Programming, TIFF, for their kind assistance.

Program notes adapted from texts provided by TIFF.


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Recent Showings

The highly anticipated feature debut from Vancouver’s Kathleen Hepburn is a devastating examination of the costs of long-term illness.
Nationalism gets a reality check in Vancouver Métis filmmaker Wayne Wapeemukwa's uncompromising debut feature.
Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone co-star in renowned Montreal photographers Carlos and Jason Sanchez's stunning psychological thriller.
Charles Officer's deeply affecting documentary follows a sensitive, shy adolescent discovering the power of poetry, music, and her own voice.
Celebrate the best in Canadian short films from around the country.
Celebrate the best in Canadian short films from around the country.
With her new film, distinguished documentarian Alanis Obomsawin shows us what action-driven decolonization actually looks like.
Rapturously received at Hot Docs and DOXA, RUMBLE explores the oft-neglected influence of musicians of First Nations descent.
With Robin Aubert's latest, a riveting zombie film, the Québécois director plunges in head- (and brains-) first into smart, genre filmmaking.
A harrowing study of religious fanaticism, grief, and repressed sexuality, this gripping gothic drama is the latest feature from Simon Lavoie.
Celebrate the best in short films by Canadian students from around the country.
Home schooling and overprotective parents get a hilarious going over in Vancouver writer-director Kyle Rideout's disarming comedy.
An upper-middle-class teen starts rebelling against her parents and society in Iranian-born Montrealer Sadaf Foroughi’s debut feature.