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Oscar C. Burritt on the CBC television program Cinema Six, Toronto, 1969. (Digital frame grab from BC Archives V1990:06/001.02 item #2)

Oscar C. Burritt

Dates active:


Club Affiliation

Coast Films

National Film Society of Canada (Vancouver Branch)

Toronto Film Society




BC Archives list of titled amateur films


Three There (1940)

National Film Society of Canada (Vancouver Branch), Fourth Season 1940, Ninth Performance… (1940)

Cinemaorgy (1955)

Stanley Park (1939)

Biographical Notes:

"Oscar C. Burritt and Dorothy Burritt (nee Fowler) were film enthusiasts and amateur filmmakers who lived in Vancouver until 1947. Oscar C. Burritt also worked as a professional cinematographer and film director. In later years he worked for CBC television in Toronto. Both the Burritts were active in the film society movement, including the Vancouver Branch of the National Film Society (later the Vancouver Film Society) and the Toronto Film Society. Dorothy Burritt was a founder of the Canadian Federation of Film Societies." (British Columbia Archives.)

Starting in 1943, Oscar Burritt shot and directed industrial films for Leon Shelly at Vancouver Motion Pictures, including a handful of NFB shorts. In 1946, when Shelly moved his operation to Toronto (as Shelly Films), Oscar moved east and continued working for him. In 1950, he joined the CBC to help in the run-up of film services for television production at CBLT. One of the films Oscar directed for Shelly Films was Beans of Bounty (1948, for Victory Mills); it was co-winner in the Non-Theatrical category at the first Canadian Film Awards in 1949. (D.J. Duffy)

Bibliographic Resources:

"Burritt, Oscar C., 1908-1974." Oscar and Dorothy Burritt fonds, British Columbia Archives.
Duffy, Dennis J. “A Fan of the Chinese Opera.” Curious Quarterly Journal 001 (2013).