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Founded in 2003, OPEN CINEMA screens thought-provoking documentaries in cafe-style venues followed by open forum discussion with invited guests. Dedicated to the innovative use of film as a tool for community engagement, it was has been referred to as “one of Victoria’s most successful cultural enterprises” (Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist 2011)

In 2012, OPEN CINEMA developed an innovative hybrid event format that extends community engagement into the virtual realm. Using Livestream and a moderated Tweetchat, online reach has risen from 20,000 in October 2012 to 123,000 in April 2013.

The Get on the Doc Bus project is OPEN CINEMA’s documentary outreach program during Summer 2013!

OPEN CINEMA is a program of MediaNet

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