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Lights! Camera! Canada!April 29 is National Canadian Film Day, a day to throw off the shackles of fear and insecurity, stand together with Canadians from coast to coast and pat ourselves on the back for something other than various ice-related sports and sports-related doughnut shops. (Not that we don’t love ice-related sports and doughnuts.) It’s a light-hearted intervention for our national consciousness, a wake-up call to anyone who has not yet been exposed to the great cinematic stories we tell one another in this cold, vast country.

It is a way to get over ourselves and have some FUN!

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

On April 29, celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film.

Uniting Our Nation Through Film!Let’s face it, Canada needs all the help it can get. We’re a population the size of California on a land mass the size of Russia, so it’s actually legitimately difficult for us 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.

There are two things we’re trying to achieve: AWARENESS and AVAILABILITY. Here’s how you can help:


    For April 29

    • Change your Facebook profile pic and your Twitter avatar (get our buttons here).
    • Post and tweet what Canadian movie you’re watching, where you’re watching and who you are with. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CANFILMDAY so we can capture what everyone’s up to across the nation!

    Help create an opportunity in your community to watch a great Canadian movie on April 29.

    Organizing and hosting a screening for your peeps. No screening is too big (local cinema or library) or too small (your basement will do the trick!). We can help you get your hands on a great Canadian film; simply email us at with the subject: “I want to plan a screening”.

    We want to know what you are up to! Drop us a line with your screening event details – large or small – so we can we can list your screening in our events section (don’t worry, we won’t list personal addresses).

    Play a part in making some Canadian cinematic history with us April 29! And… go to an event! Check out our listings for one near you.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at