Now starting its twelfth 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 to Connect the Docs! OPEN CINEMA is a program of MediaNet in Victoria, BC.

What folks say about OPEN CINEMA

“The movies were entertaining and informative. The social aspect was good for the soul. Thank you for a great evening!”

by Anonymous


OPEN CINEMA Season 12 launched on Wednesday, November 19th with 3 packed houses in Victoria, Sidney and SaltSpring Island, followed by a webcast discussion about #foodwaste. The #JustEatItFilm filmmakers joined us virtually from Amsterdam, and our online engagement had a reach of 85,000, via Twitter and Facebook. It was a fabulous way to Connect the Docs!

Scroll through Storify digital archive of our 'hybrid cinema' event here!

Join us live or online at our special Connect the Docs event on January 28: ELECTION NIGHT IN CANADA: When Voter Fraud Comes Calling. Stay tuned for more details!

See you at the hybrid movies!

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Special Event on Election Fraud: January 28, 2015

OPEN CINEMA Connect the Docs & FOCUS Magazine present ELECTION DAY IN CANADA When Voter Suppression Comes Calling a documentary work-in-progress preview & forum on […]

Victoria Event Centre


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