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.

What folks say about OPEN CINEMA

“It feels good to be in a room full of people who want to see positive change.”

by Anonymous

That’s a wrap for Season 12!

After another successful season, we are taking our usual summer hiatus to catchup on admin and new projects.

Many thanks to all our funders and sponsors for making our evolving documentary programming possible! Special appreciation goes out to the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Guild and Vancity for championing our innovative Connect the Docs 'hybrid cinema' format.

Stay tuned for Season 13 news in the Fall!

Meanwhile, please connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 […]


OPEN CINEMA Connect the Docs slide

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 […]