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Pacific Cinémathèque (The Cinematheque) is a non-profit Canadian film institute established in 1972 in Vancouver, BC. The mandate of the organization is to further the understanding of film and moving images in both Canadian and international contexts, foster critical media literacy, and advance cinema as art and a vital means of communication.
The Cinematheque is located at 1131 Howe Street in Vancouver, BC, where it operates a 155-seat cinema with film programming throughout the year, maintains the Film Reference Library and West Coast Film Archive, and offers unique educational programs.
The Cinematheque presents more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually including director and national retrospectives, exclusive first runs, documentary and independent films. It also has a well-established reputation as a festival venue, as host to the Vancouver International Film Festival, Latin American Film Festival and other festivals.
The Cinematheque Program Guide
The Cinematheque publishes a free bi-monthly program guide featuring notes and showtimes for curated film programming and events.
The Cinematheque's Education Department offers a range of education initiatives, in particular to support the teaching of film and media studies in schools through Media Literacy workshops, video production workshops, and film studies programs, including producing a series of 25 study guides for educators.
Film Reference Library
The library at The Cinematheque holds more than 2,400 books organized by Director, Actor, Theory, History, Genre, Aesthetics, Criticism and other categories; more than 150 different periodical collections, including CinemaScope, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cahiers du cinéma, Reel West and Variety; and more than 7,500 film stills, sorted by director and film. In addition the library collections include film-related encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and catalogues. International film festival brochures as well as the archive of all the program guides of The Cinematheque since 1973, are also part of the library holdings. In 2012, an online archive was compiled for The Cinematheque's 40th anniversary and includes highlights from historical programming and special guests.
West Coast Film Archive
The Cinematheque's West Coast Film Archive has an extensive selection of 16mm and 35mm prints. The collection primarily consists of independent filmmaking from Western Canada and National Film Board of Canada films.
The Cinematheque produced a Monograph Series on Western Canadian media artists: featuring a wide range of film-, video- and media-makers that have made significant contributions to either defining, expanding, or subverting the boundaries of Western Canadian cinema.
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