What is National Canadian Film Day 150?

RearingMountieSolo_completeNational Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available via broadcast, online and at over 600 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you can show a film. With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 — a Canada 150 Signature Project — promises to be the largest film festival in the world. 

Presented by REEL CANADA, an organization that has been introducing Canadian film to high school students and new Canadians since 2005, NCFD 150 is a tremendous opportunity for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to gather and enjoy the wealth of work by our nation’s storytellers. With the help of partners and audiences in every corner of the country, NCFD 150 will put Canadian cinema and our unique nation in an unprecedented spotlight.

If movies are cultural mirrors, NCFD 150 is a veritable disco ball. So save the date — April 19, 2017 — and see you at the party!

To learn more or get involved contact us at ncfd150@reelcanada.ca or 416-642-5796 x215.

NCFD History

The inaugural National Canadian Film Day event, held on April 29, 2014, included screenings, events, panel discussions, social media engagement, and robust conversations about Canadian film across the country. The event was a huge success. We held 70 public and invitational events in 44 communities, garnered over 100 impressions in national media (from the CBC to the Globe and Mail), became a trending topic on Twitter AND were recognized in the House of Commons.

2015 was even bigger and better, with more than 170 screenings held across the country in every province and territory. There were broadcast offerings from every major broadcaster, free online offerings from CBC, NFB, CFC and CFMDC and a great deal of media coverage from the likes of the CTV, Global, CBC, etc., as well as print coverage across the the country. Not to mention trending on twitter Canada and a social media reach of 10 million! In 2016, screenings reached over 400 events. That’s more than double in size!

National Canadian Film Day is presented by REEL CANADA and supported – without apology – by Cineplex, CBC and a host of film festivals, movie clubs, schools, broadcasters and industry organizations.

Why Are We Doing This?

NCFD-LOGO_profileBecause we make great movies, that’s why!

With a population the size of California’s living on a land mass the size of Russia, it’s not hard to see why it can sometimes be difficult for Canadians to get to know one another. The days of the CBC being one of three or four channels on TV are so behind us that most of you reading this have no idea what that reference even means.

Way back in the day, it was the railroad that tied us all together. Canada needs another kind of track for the 21st century, so REEL CANADA humbly suggests: Movies! It’s easier to watch a movie than take a train trip, and when it’s over you don’t have to find a hotel or deal with your luggage.