Big things are happening all around the country for Canada 150 celebrations this year including the world’s largest film festival — ever! National Canadian Film Day 150 (“NCFD 150”) is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. In partnership with REEL CANADA, the Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) will be celebrating the occasion with a full week of Canadian film programming.
National Canadian Film Day 150
NCFD 150 in Vancouver will include a full day of free programming with award-winning director Atom Egoyan on April 19th, and the screening of six Canadian-made features throughout the surrounding week.
Egoyan will be in Vancouver on April 19th to introduce his Academy Award-nominated film, The Sweet Hereafter to mark its 20th Anniversary, and participate in an in-depth Q&A session with fans. Actor Bruce Greenwood, who stars in the film, will also join the Q&A. Egoyan’s 1994 film Exotica will screen on the same day, along with 1977’s Skip Tracer, a Vancouver-made cult classic chosen by Egoyan himself. All programming on NCFD 150 (April 19, 2017) at VIFF is complimentary and open to the public.
Audiences will also be treated to a selection of new and independent Canadian films, many of them filmed and produced in BC. A rebellious soccer mom, an imaginary friend modelled on Beyoncé, an astrophysicist, and a troubled drone operator are among the intriguing characters who appear here. Documentaries will also be screened, shedding light on the dark side of the internet, and offering a touching and inspiring portrait of addiction, poverty and redemption. These fresh and stimulating stories showcase the talent, creativity and spirit of Canada’s filmmaking community.
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:40pm; Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 4:30pm; Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 4:50pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8:15pm; Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm
In attendance for the festival: John Barnard, writer/director
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 6:40pm; Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 8:30pm
In attendance for the festival: Brendan Prost, writer/director
Grand Unified Theory
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 8:30pm; Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:10pm
In attendance for the festival: David Ray, writer/director
Canadian Premiere: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:20pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 6:15pm; Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:20pm; Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:45pm; Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:30pm
In attendance for the festival: Hugh Gibson, producer/director
Free film events, tickets must still be reserved in advance:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4:30pm
In attendance for the festival: Zane Dalen, writer/director
Canadian Film Day: The Sweet Hereafter
(20th Anniversary Screening)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00pm
Creator Talk with Atom Egoyan and Bruce Greenwood
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00pm