This year's Canadian Screen Award nominees are screening for free across the country
Watch Room, Remember, Félix et Meira and more on March 10
Between the livestream and the broadcast on CBC Television, watching the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards is easier than microwave KD, but we wish we could say the same about finding the films that are up for best picture.
Watching a Canadian movie at your local cinema is still a challenge, especially if you don't live across the street from Toronto's TIFF Lightbox. The Cineplex chain alone operates 1,655 screens in this country, but when Room opened in theatres last fall, only 4 cinemas — in all of North America — were showing the flick, a stat that seems even more bananas now that the drama's boasting an Oscar-winning performance from Brie Larson.
So, you might want to mark March 10 on your calendar.
On that day, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is hosting free movie screenings of the CSA's top nominees, with a different title playing in five cities from coast to coast: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and St. John's, Newfoundland.
It's the first time the Academy's done it. To attend, you'll need to RSVP through their website, and PWYC donations will be accepted at each participating Cineplex theatre with proceeds benefiting local charities.
Get more info on what's playing below, where we've rounded up CBC Arts coverage on the featured films.
My Internship in Canada (Vancouver)
- Hyena Road, My Internship in Canada ask what kind of country we want
- TIFF 2015 taps Elliot Page, Ethan Hawke films for Canadian lineup
Félix et Meira (Calgary)
- Félix et Meira tapped as Canada's Oscar foreign-language film contender
- Vincent Georgie's pick of the day is Félix et Meira
- Remember star Christopher Plummer says memory loss is 'terrifying'
- Christopher Plummer captivates in revenge thriller Remember
- Atom Egoyan and Christopher Plummer on the challenges of Remember
- TIFF 2015: Canadian films highlight festival, but will they make money?
The Forbidden Room (Montreal)
- Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson share $100K award for best Canadian film
- Sundance Film Festival kicks off with record number of Canadian films
- Guy Maddin: My life in books
Room (St. John's)
- Oscar-nominated Emma Donoghue wrote Room screenplay before book came out
- Oscar-nominated Room required painstaking precision from cast and crew
- Emma Donoghue: How I wrote Room, the movie
- Filming Oscar-nominated Room was 'pretty intense,' says Ottawa-based assistant director
- Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue calls Golden Globes nod 'delightful novelty'
- Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, earns Oscar buzz despite dark subject matter
- Ottawa assistant director Reid Dunlop, on working on the Oscar-nominated Room
- TIFF 2015: Room wins People's Choice Award as festival wraps
Heads up, Toronto readers! The Academy's hosting a free screening of Room in your city, too — but on March 12 as part of Canadian Screen Week celebrations. Sign up to reserve your spot through their website.)
Watch the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards on March 13, 2016, 8pm (9AT/9:30NT) on CBC Television.