Founded in 2003, 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. In-person screening 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.


Yes, it’s true! Thanks to the lovely folks at MediaNet, the classic OPEN CINEMA experience is making a comeback! Bringing you topical documentaries followed by open forum discussion with invited guests, it’s all about using documentary as a tool for community engagement.

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Metamorphosis: A poem for the planet, 1 May 2019

Screening & discussion 7pm Wednesday, 1 May 2019MediaNet‘s FLUX Media Gallery821 Fort Street, Victoria BC $10 suggested donation. Tickets available at the door only.Doors open […]

OPEN CINEMA by the numbers

OPEN CINEMA Season 13: the sabbatical year

The Number 13 Likes to be Different.  Wikipedia can’t decide if 13 is lucky or unlucky, but one thing’s for sure: people prefer to avoid it. In […]

Connect the Docs: The Secret Trial 5 across Canada: Vancouver & Victoria March 25, 2015

POST-SCRIPT: Read the 2-part Storify archive of this event! Part 1: the Cross Canada Tour March 12-25 Part 2: the grand finale March 25 hybrid […]


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What is Connect the Docs?

Connect the Docs is an innovative multi-city hybrid cinema distribution format, combining the best of both live and online engagement to create a dynamic form […]

The OPEN CINEMA Team is Growing!

As we head into Season Twelve, OPEN CINEMA is excited to welcome a couple of new players to our evolving community cinema team. Jill Moran […]