National Canadian Film Day is coming April 19. Here's what you need to know.
It's the world's largest single-day film festival. EVER.
There's going to be some serious Canadian movie watching across the country on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a Canada 150-sized edition of the one-day, countrywide event to honour homegrown cinema. Over 1,700 screenings will be happening in theatres, libraries, drive-ins — basically anywhere you can show a movie.
With every province and territory hosting free showings, this is your chance to watch some beloved Canadian classics and undiscovered gems on the big screen. There's even going to be screenings at 30 Canadian embassies and consulates, over 50 military bases, 10 correctional facilities and more.
Here's an interactive map detailing all the events taking place all over the world. See if there's one in your town (there probably is).
What's the CBC doing?
CBC hosts will be participating in events across the country, including Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. And if you're in the Toronto-area, why not stop by the Canadian Broadcasting Centre atrium for the free showing of the comedy hit Breakaway, followed by a Q&A with the star, Vinay Virmani? All the details can be found here.
For those of us who are more inclined to recline on the couch, a selection of Canadian films will be available to stream at watch.cbc.ca, including: Don McKellar's acclaimed 1998 debut Last Night, which follows a group of Torontonians awaiting the end of the world; and the 2007 documentary Manufactured Landscapes, which digs deep into the process of Edward Burtynsky, the renowned photographer whose work documents the effects of industrialization on a massive scale. See trailers for both below.
Everything else you might need to know about NCFD 150 can be found at the official National Canadian Film Day website. (They even have a fun downloadable colouring book and film-inspired recipes to get you excited.) Happy movie watching, Canada!