Now in its eleventh successful season, OPEN CINEMA is dedicated to the innovative use of cinema as a tool for community engagement. Screenings of documentaries in café-style venues are followed by open forum discussion with invited guests. Live events are amplified using virtual engagement and streaming tools, creating a hybrid cinema experience. OPEN CINEMA is a program of MediaNet in Victoria, BC.

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As we draw Season 11 to a close, we're planning our Special Fundraising Screening of MIss Representation in partnership with Bridges for Women on May 14, 2014. Don't miss this fabulous celebration of women and leadership!

Once a year we ask you to support our community building work at our annual fundraiser. Please consider donating your product or service to create a win-win-win: we raise funds, you get promoted, women are championed, our community buys lovely things and everyone has a great time. What's not to love?

Download our Silent Auction Request Letter or contact us to donate or find out more. Thanks so much for your support! Mandy Leith

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THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE: Connecting the Docs in Toronto & Victoria, April 23, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the third episode of our Connecting the Docs  hybrid cinema series, generously supported by the Canada Media Fund.  1 documentary, […]

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street (elevator access)

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MISS REPRESENTATION Season 11 Finale & Fundraiser with Bridges for Women, May 14, 2014

We are excited to announce our Season 11 finale, a Special Fundraising event in partnership with the amazing Bridges for Women! Don’t miss this dynamic […]

7pm (doors at 5.30pm)

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street (elevator access)


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Connecting the Docs: Live Blogging via Facebook

The tweetchat portion of our OPEN CINEMA events has been humming along nicely since 2012, gaining a progressively wider reach with each documentary, reaching up […]

Sherwin Arnott OPEN CINEMA Story

What is Connecting the Docs? Dimensions of Sharing

 A couple of years ago, OPEN CINEMA needed a non-profit friendly web designer to upgrade our website. And we were very fortunate to find Sherwin […]