See the Best Canadian Films Ever Made for FREE

150 years young and plenty to show for it!


To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, local film-haven, The Cinematheque will participate in the most ambitious retrospective of Canada’s cinematic heritage ever mounted. Yes, The Cinematheque will celebrate Canada’s rich history with FREE screenings of Canadian moving-image works throughout the year!

CanadaOnScreen_VIA_1The Canada On Screen series will kick-off Friday, January 6 with Sandy Wilson’s Genie-winning feature My American Cousin (1985) and Emily Carr grads Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’ Palme d’Or-winning animated short When the Day Breaks (1999). The screening will be preceded by a reception, an excellent opportunity to rub elbows with fellow Canadian film-buffs. Make sure to arrive early, attendance is based on a first come, first served basis!

My American Cousin.
My American Cousin.

Each of these free screenings will pull from a list of 150 fantastic Canadian moving-image works, many of which have been freshly restored for your viewing pleasure. This grab-bag of cinema was carefully compiled by selection of Canadian critics, scholars, and industry professionals, ensuring that you’ll truly be seeing the best-of-the-best. The full list of the essential 150 Canadian moving-image works is available at

Canada On Screen is running in select theatres nationwide as a way to highlight our country’s cinematic achievements. Fortunately for Vancouverites, the Cinematheque is the only theatre in the Province taking part. Expect everything from feature films, to documentaries, animated shorts, experimental video to music videos, each with their own uniquely Canadian twist. The initiative is being co-produced by TIFF, The Cinematheque, Library and Archives Canada, and the Cinémathèque Québécoise, a true coming together of Canadian culture.

When the Day Breaks.
When the Day Breaks.

View the upcoming Canada On Screen schedule below and be sure to check out the opening night gala on January 6th.

My American Cousin + When The Day Breaks (PG)
Friday, January 6 – 7:30pm

The Dog Who Stopped the War (La guerre des toques) (G)
Sunday, January 15 – 1pm

The Bitter Ash + The Supreme Kid
Monday, January 30 – 6:30pm

Manufactured Landscapes (G) + Corral
Monday, February 8 – 7pm

Les Ordres (Orders) + Rat Life and Diet in North America
Sunday, February 19 – 7pm

CANADA ON SCREEN – Friday, January 6 2017
6:30pm – Reception + Refreshments
7:30pm – When the Day Breaks + My American Cousin introduced by director Sandy Wilson

*Admission is free and based on a first come, first served basis. There will be no advance tickets for this event.