National Canadian Film Day 2018

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Back by popular demand, National Canadian Film Day (“NCFD 2018”) is taking place on April 18th with a spotlight on Female Filmmakers. More than 700 screenings are confirmed to take place in theatres, educational institutions and libraries across the country, and as far away as Iceland, Egypt, Tanzania and Japan.

National Canadian Film Day 2018

National Canadian Film Day 2018

This year, REEL CANADA has curated a 40-film “sampler” of films led by women, but as always, our screening partners are encouraged to explore the full diversity and wealth that Canadian films have to offer.

“NCFD 2018 is defined by the overwhelming appetite Canadians have to see themselves and their stories represented on screen,” said Sharon Corder, Artistic Director, REEL CANADA. “And this is the perfect year to shine a spotlight on the work of female filmmakers. On April 18th, we’ll have the world’s largest audience watching films by Canadian women – ever!”

This year, a number of enhanced screenings are taking place in BC including:

  • Vancouver International Film Festival presents 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (guest TBD), and Double Happiness w/ director Mina Shum in attendance
  • Cinematheque Vancouver presents Loyalties with director Anne Wheeler in attendance, and Werewolf with director Ashley McKenzie via Skype
  • Powell River Digital Film School Presents Window Horses with director Ann Marie Fleming in attendance
  • CineVic Presents Into the Forest with director Patricia Rozema via Skype

Women Filmmakers

Two of Canada’s most accomplished masters of cinema, Deepa Mehta and Alanis Obomsawin, will come together in a once-in-a-lifetime live event at which the women will discuss their storied careers and their considerable impact on the Canadian film landscape.

Signature screenings across the country will include participation from leading female filmmakers, including Mina Shum, Patricia Rozema, Léa Pool, Anne Wheeler, Lynne Stopkewich, Ann Marie Fleming, Sharon Lewis, Doreen Manuel, Mary Young Leckie, Ashley McKenzie, Liane Balaban, Cara Gee and Ingrid Veninger, as well as some of their celebrated male colleagues, including Don McKellar, Elan Mastai, Paul Sarossy and many others.

How to Participate

Attend Public Screenings: Events are happening in places such as cinemas, libraries, legion halls, community centres, military bases and many other locations.

Attend one of the major events in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St John’s.

Encore+, the Canadian Media Fund’s free YouTube channel makes many memorable Canadian movies of all genres available for fans of any age. A curated NCFD playlist will be available for anyone who wants an easy way to participate from home.

Major broadcasters including CBC, APTN, Bell Media, Blue Ant Media, CORUS, CHCH, DHX Media, Hollywood Suite, OUTtv and Superchannel will air Canadian films on TV and streaming platforms throughout the day.

High school students in over 150 schools across the country will engage in RCtv, an innovative livestream event featuring an interactive Q&A with Canadian stars and filmmakers.

And there will be dozens of private events from elementary schools to retirement homes.

Follow National Canadian Film Day on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for highlights and updates leading up to the event, and on the big day itself. Participate in the conversation by using #CanFilmDay.

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