National Canadian Film Day to be celebrated online Wednesday

National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) will be celebrated online Wednesday, giving Canadians the opportunity to unite through a shared appreciation of our cinematic culture.

The seventh annual event includes the participation of Telefilm Canada, CBC, Cineplex, and Netflix, among others, with the centrepiece of this year’s programming “CanFilmDay Live” – an interactive livestream broadcast from 6 – 10 p.m. ET on YouTube and canfilmday.ca. It will feature conversations with filmmakers and other industry professionals, including Jay Baruchel, Megan Follows, Atom Egoyan, Colm FeoreMina ShumPhilippe FalardeauVinay VirmaniPatricia RozemaEmily HampshirePeter KeleghanMary Young Leckie and Don McKellar.

“While there is a huge selection of pop-up home entertainment happening, we believe that Canadians are hungry for an opportunity to be part of something larger, and especially something Canadian. It’s a chance to come together and give each other a big virtual hug,” said Jack Blum, Executive Director of REEL CANADA. “And we’ve been thrilled by the warm response our plans have received from filmmakers and community partners alike.”

CBC, CBC Gem, APTN, Super Channel, OutTV, CHCH, Starz, Showcase, Encore+, Netflix, Hollywood Suite, Crave, and the National Film Board (NFB) are among the broadcasters and platforms highlighting Canadian films Wednesday with a curated list of spotlight films featuring titles ranging from 1979 Bill Murray comedy classic Meatballs to Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone, TIFF’s 2019 Best Canadian Film selection. Find the complete broadcast schedule here.

Film distributors spotlight Canadian film

Telefilm Canada has also led a first-ever collaboration of 24 Canadian film distribution companies who have joined forces to spotlight Canadian films for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their own home. A combined effort of the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters (CAFDE) and Regroupement des distributeurs independants de films du Québec (RDIFQ), it includes A-Z Films, Axia Films, Elevation Pictures, Entract Films, eOne, EyeSteelFilm, Filmoption International, Les Films du 3 Mars, Fragments Distribution, FunFilm Distribution, H264, K-Films Amérique, La Distributrice de films, LevelFILM, Les films de ma vie/les films d’aujourd’hui, Les Films Opale, Les Films Séville, Maison 4:3, MK2 | Mile End, Métropole Films Distribution, Mongrel Media, Pacific Northwest Pictures, Spira, and TVA Films. They’ve each curated a list of past and present titles to give audiences a chance to discover or rediscover Canadian films.

The following 40+ titles will be featured across Apple TV, Telus, Cineplex Store, Rogers, Bell, illico, Eléphant – mémoire d’une cinéma québécois, Google Play, YouTube, and Vimeo on demand storefronts, beginning Apr. 22.

Axia Films
APAPACHO, UNE CARESSE POUR L’ÂME, directed by Marquise Lepage, starring Laurence Leboeuf, Fanny Mallette, and Sofia Espinosa

Elevation Pictures
HYENA ROAD, directed by Paul Gross, starring Rossif Sutherland and Allan Hawco
INDIAN HORSE, directed by Stephen Campanelli, starring Forrest Goodluck and Sladen Peltier
ROOM, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Academy Award-winning Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay
RUN THIS TOWN, directed by Ricky Tollman, starring Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev and Ben Platt
THE SONG OF NAMES, directed by François Girard, starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen

Entract Films
LES BARBARES DE LA MALBAIE, directed by Vincent Biron, starring Justin Leyrolles-Bouchard, Philippe-Audrey Larrue-St-Jacques, and Erin Marguerite Carter

eOne
BIRTHMARKED, directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, starring Matthew Goode, Toni Collette and Suzanne Clément
THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, directed by Lone Scherfig, starring Zoe Kazan, Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim, Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy
THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S SPIVET, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and Callum Keith Rennie
THE 9th LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX, directed by Alexandre Aja, starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul

EyeSteelFilm
L’ARCHE D’ANOTE (ANOTE’S ARK), directed by Mathieu Rytz

Filmoption International
KUESSIPAN, directed by Myriam Verreault, starring Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao, Yamie Grégoire, and Étienne Galloy

Les Films du 3 Mars
ENSEMBLE, directed by Jean-Nicolas Orhon

Fragments Distribution
RÉSERVOIR, directed by Kim St-Pierre, starring Jean-Simon Leduc, Maxime Dumontier, and Marco Collin

FunFilm Distribution
UNE COLONIE, directed by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, starring Emilie Bierre, Irlande Côté, Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie, and Cassandra Gosselin-Pelletier

H264
JUSTE MOI ET TOI, directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers, starring Florin Peltea and Dalia Binzari4

K-Films Amérique
MONT FOSTER, directed by Louis Godbout, starring Laurence Leboeuf, Patrick Hivon, Emile Proulx-Cloutier and Lucie Laurier

La Distributrice de films
IMPETUS, directed by Jennifer Alleyn, starring Pascale Bussières, Emmanuel Schwartz, J. Reissner, and Esfir Dyachkov

LevelFILM
BANG BANG BABY, directed by Jeffrey St. Jules, starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and Kristin Bruun
DIM THE FLUORESCENTS, directed by Daniel Warth, starring Claire Armstrong and Naomi Skwarna
EDGE OF WINTER, directed by Rob Connolly, starring Tom Holland and Joel Kinnaman
SUCK IT UP, directed by Jordan Canning, stars Grace Glowicki and Erin Margurite Carter
THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN, directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Violet Nelson, Charlie Hannah, and Barbara Eve Harris

Les films de ma vie/les films d’aujourd’hui
LA VRAIE NATURE DE BERNADETTE, directed by Gilles Carle, starring Micheline Lanctôt, Donald Pilon, and Reynald Bouchard

Les Films Opale
VIVRE À 100 MILLES À L’HEURE, directed by Louis Bélanger, starring Rémi Goulet, Antoine L’Écuyer, Félix-Antoine Cantin, and Maxime Dumontier

Les Films Séville
MERCI POUR TOUT, directed by Louise Archambault, starring Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Julie Perreault, and Robin Aubert

Maison 4:3
ANTIGONE, directed by Sophie Deraspe, starring Nahéma Ricci, Nour Belkhiria, and Rawad El-Zein

MK2 | Mile End
AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN (IL PLEUVAIT DES OISEAUX), directed by Louise Archambault, starring Andrée Lachapelle, Rémy Girard and Gilbert Sicotte

Métropole Films Distribution
WAR WITCH (REBELLE), directed by Kim Nguyen, starring Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, and Serge Kanyinda

Mongrel Media
WATER, directed by Deepa Mehta, starring Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham and Sarala.
THE GRIZZLIES, directed by Miranda de Pencier, starring Ben Schnetzer, Will Sasso, Paul Nutarariaq, Anna Lambe, Tantoo Cardinal, Emerald MacDonald and Booboo Stewart
MAUDIE, directed by Aisling Walsh, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke
BROOKLYN, directed by John Crowley, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen, with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters
ANTHROPOCENE, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. Narrated by Alicia Vikander

Pacific Northwest Pictures
CANADIAN STRAIN written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh and starring Jess Salgueiro
DRONE written and directed by Jason Bourque and starring Sean Bean
FALLS AROUND HER written and directed by Darlene Naponse and starring Tantoo Cardinal
LAVENDER directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly and written by Colin Frizzell and Ed Gass-Donnelly and starring Abbie Cornish with music by Sarah Neufel and Colin Stetson
BEN’S AT HOME directed by Mars Horodyski and written by Dan Abramovici and Mars Horodyski

Spira
DES HISTORES INVENTÉES, directed by Jean-Marc E. Roy

TVA Films
WOLFE, directed by Francis Bordeleau, starring Catherine Brunet, Ludivine Reding, and Antoine Pilon

Canadians are being encouraged to attend a national watch party or organize their own Canadian film watch party and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #canfilmday.


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