February 18-21, 23-24

Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Canada’s Top Ten is an unique annual event established in 2001 by Toronto International Film Festival to honor excellence in contemporary Canadian cinema. Presented in Vancouver by Pacific Cinémathèque, this series, comprised of our nation’s ten best feature films and ten best short films, is a 2-D antidote to Hollywood’s huge budgets and juggernaut marketing hype.

The selections that make up Canada’s Top Ten are chosen by two separate independent panels of filmmakers, festival programmers, journalists, academics and industry professionals drawn from across the country. Among this year’s features are Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats, his follow-up to the acclaimed I Killed My Mother; Deborah Chow’s award-winning debut feature The High Cost of Living, starring Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais; Vincenzo Natali’s Splice, a high-concept sci-fi/horror thriller starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody; Curling, the fascinating fifth feature by Québécois auteur Denis Côté; and Last Train Home, Lixin Fan’s award-winning documentary about a single migrant family caught up in China’s annual worker migration.

Heartbeats / Les amours imaginaires
Friday, February 18 – 7:00pm

The High Cost of Living
Friday, February 18 – 8:50pm

Saturday, February 19 – 7:00pm

Saturday, February 19 – 8:40pm

Canada’s Top Ten Shorts 2010 – Program 1
Sunday, February 20 – 7:00pm

Canada’s Top Ten Shorts 2010 – Program 2
Sunday, February 20 – 8:35pm

Monday, February 21 – 7:00pm

Mourning for Anna / Trois temps après la mort d’Anna

Monday, February 21 – 8:45pm

Last Train Home
Wednesday, February 23 – 7:00pm
Thursday, February 24 – 8:35pm


Wednesday, February 23 – 8:45pm
Thursday, February 24 – 7:00pm

Vancouver-based filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming’s I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors was selected as one of the year’s best short films.