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Vintage Film Festival

movie-reels79The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October. Full details here.


Marie Dressler House

MDH with new sign

The history of the Marie Dressler House is here.  It is now the home of the Interactive Canadian Women in Film Museum.

Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

The Marie Dressler Museum has been expanded and is now called "Canadian Women in Film Museum".


Opening hours for Summer 2022
Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Visit the new museum's website here for details of how to book your visit at other times


Latest Bursaries

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    Carter Holmes 2017

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    Juliette Sinnott 2019

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    Andrew Atanasoff 2019

  • Malcolm Jack

    Malcolm Jack - 2022

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    Graham Beer 2018

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    Mackenzie Earle 2017

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    Ava Bogyay 2019

  • Alyssa Brush

    Alyssa Brush - 2022

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    Stephanie Kooman 2017

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    Olivia Rapsos 2019

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    Kieva Earle 2018

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    Morgan Murray 2017

  • Isabell Haig

    Isabell Haig - 2022

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    Ben Hughes 2018

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    Kyler Tonkin 2017

  • Georgia Callaghan

    Georgia Callaghan - 2022

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    Sydney Stewart 2018

Marie Dressler Foundation is planning an expansion of the museum at Dressler House to include sections for the other two Canadian female Oscar winners: Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer and at the Council Meeting on 13 January 2020, the team working on this gave a progress report.  Toronto University agreed to offer the project to students in their Master program for Museum Studies and 5 students accepted: Michelle Wright, Enya Barbeau, Karen Cheung, Natalie Heaton and Emma Myers.  They presented a brief overview of what the museum will look like and talked about the great access they had to experts who are knowledgeable about the two stars plus thousands of artifacts – mostly photographs and film clips.  It appears that this will be the first museum dedicated to these Oscar winners so the artifacts will have a home.

Dressler Museum teaml-r: Enya Barbeau, Michelle Wright, Natalie Heaton,
Karen Cheung, Emma Myers
Like the existing Dressler museum, the new museum(s) will make liberal use of iPads and TV screens and will feature interactive components.  The Themes will emphasize not just movies made but also their personal lives and what they worked for.

Major Themes

  • Mary Pickford was instrumental in building early Hollywood.
  • Norma Shearer’s film roles pushed social and gender boundaries.

Their work is expected to be completed by April 2020 with the next step implementation which will hopefully start this summer - although this depends on fundraising and awarding of grants.  The Town recently agreed to a grant of $4000 for this project. Total cost will not be known until the design is complete.


Presentation by Design Team - includes planned layouts of rooms and names of sub-themes.