World's largest 1-day film festival announced for Canada's 150th birthday

REEL CANADA, a non-profit organization celebrating Canada through film, will host the world's largest one-day film festival on April 19, 2017, to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Canadian film will be everywhere on April 19 2017, from coast to coast to coast

National Canadian Film Day 150 will celebrate Canada's culture across the country

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

  • 150 free screenings of selected Canada on Screen titles across Canada on April 19, through TIFF's national screening outreach program. All details will be announced at tiff.net.

  • 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.