Canadians will be able to celebrate the country's 150th birthday next April by watching the best in homegrown films.
The organizers are calling it the world's largest one-day film festival and the event will encompass screens on a number of different platforms across the country.
Reel Canada, a non-profit organization, announced the initiative National Canadian Film Day 150 at a Toronto event on Monday, adding that the governments of Canada and Ontario have made the cross-country event possible by pledging major funding of more than $3 million.
"The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the wealth of our unique cultural heritage, which is a reflection of our diversity," the Honourable Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage, said in a statement.
"Thanks to the Signature Project National Canadian Film Day 150, the contributions and talents of the members of Canada's film industry will be highlighted all across the country. I invite everyone to take part in order to discover everything Canadian cinema has to offer."
National Canadian Film Day 150 — set for April 19, 2017 — will include:
More than 800 screenings in communities across the nation and in Canadian embassies around the world.
Flagship events in major cities across the country
- Students across the country will be able to access interactive webcasts in English and French, and engage with filmmakers and stars through social media.
- CBC, Bell Media and Corus, APTN and Quebecor Media Inc. will air Canadian films on various channels and streaming platforms.
French-language films will screen in Quebec and in francophone communities across the country, and in universities, colleges and libraries.
Reel Canada will also hold a special Indigenous Film Summit in Abbotsford, B.C. on March 6 and 7, with screenings of Indigenous films, workshops for thousands of students and a gala event for the community.
More details will be announced in the months to come as Canadians get ready to mark the Sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation.