Enhanced Screenings for National Canadian Film Day 2019

April 10, 2019

Wow! Get ready to celebrate Canadian film! National Canadian Film Day is back with a huge variety of screenings and events across the country. In addition to community hosted events, we’ve put together some special screenings that include special guests, contests, and more!

Stay tuned to canfilmday.ca for more updates!

 

The Vancouver International Film Festival presents a day with Alanis Obamsawin
Location: Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Time: 10:15 AM, 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM
Event primary language: English

The Vancouver International Film Festival will be presenting a special day of screenings of the works of legendary director Alanis Obomsawin for NCFD! Specially curated for elementary students, the programme nevertheless contains poignant, charming short films that speak across generations. Three of Obomsawin’s short films: CHRISTMAS AT MOOSE FACTORY, SIGWAN, and WHEN ALL THE LEAVES ARE GONE will be screened, followed by a live on-stage discussion with Alanis herself! This event includes three separate screenings, including daytime screenings for schools, with the evening screening being open to the general public.

 

100 Filipino Film Series and the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival presents When The Storm Fades
Location: Reliance Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Time: 5:30 PM
Event primary language: English

A multi-partnership screening, docu-dramedy WHEN THE STORM FADES, will be screening in Vancouver for NCFD. Depicting the daily struggle by a Filipino family and their neighbours to recover from 2013’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan, the screening of WHEN THE STORM FADES  will followed by an audience Q&A.

 

CUFF presents Happy Birthday To Me
Location: Globe Cinema, Calgary, AB
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) will be presenting a special screening of the ‘80s classic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME on original 16mm film. The 1981 slasher cult classic revolves around a string of murders occurring around a popular high school senior’s birthday. Star Lisa Langlois will be in attendance for a live Q&A following the screening! With its deliriously twisted storytelling, and an array of  creatively bloody kills, this NCFD screening is sure to delight the genre-film-savvy CUFF audience.

 

Angelique's Isle (2018)

NSI and Urban Shaman present Angelique’s Isle
Location: The Park Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

Right in the heart of the continent, The National Screen Institute and Urban Shaman are presenting a brand new survival thriller, ANGLIQUE’S ISLE, in Winnipeg for NCFD. A harrowing tale of perseverance, survival and the resilience of Indigenous women, ANGLIQUE’S ISLE unfolds during the great copper rush of 1845, and follows newlyweds Angelique, a young Ojibway woman, and Charlie, her voyageur husband, who are left stranded throughout a brutal winter on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale. Special guest director Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe) will be in attendance for an audience Q&A following the screening!

 

Remember (Souviens-toi) (2015)

REEL CANADA and CBC presents Remember
Location: Cineplex Yonge-Dundas, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

REEL CANADA & CBC present the award-winning film REMEMBER for NCFD in downtown Toronto. Directed by Atom Egoyan, REMEMBER is an action-packed drama starring Oscar winner Christopher Plummer that will leave you glued to your seat! This screening is specially-curated for new Canadians and English-language learners, but it is open to the public. A discussion with the Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan will follow the screening.

 

Ontario Creates and The Canadian Film Centre present The Grizzlies
Location: Cineplex Yonge-Dundas, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English
This is a private event

A mega-hit at festivals across North America, THE GRIZZLIES is launching its theatrical run as part of NCFD! A powerful and inspiring true story, THE GRIZZLIES is set in a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America. However, a group of Inuit students’ lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Director Miranda De Pencier and members of cast will be in attendance for this exciting premiere!

 

Back to God's Country (1919)

The Revue Cinema presents Back to God’s Country
Location: 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

Silent movie fans! Now’s your chance to watch Canada’s 1st surviving feature film, BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY, with live musical accompaniment! The oldest surviving (and most successful!) feature film made in Canada, BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY tells the story of Delores LeBeau, who goes on a treacherous journey to the Arctic with her husband on a vessel captained secretly by the man who murdered her father. Celebrating the film’s 100th anniversary, The Revue Cinema in Toronto is excited to celebrate this incredible milestone! Grab your tickets before they sell out to this must-see event!

 

The Royal Cinema and Triptych Media present The Hanging Garden
Location: 608 College Street, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

The Royal Cinema, Triptych Media and Federgreen Entertainment present THE HANGING GARDEN for this year’s NCFD! Winner of multiple awards, THE HANGING GARDEN is a moving tale about a once-troubled teen who returns home after 10 years — now as a well-adjusted gay man — to a family still haunted by their difficult past. The screening include special guests Louise Garfield, Robin Cass, Anna Stratton, Peter MacNeil, Mark Hammond, Avi Federgreen and others for a pre and post- screening conversation.

 

Toronto on Film presents Between Friends
Location: Robarts Library, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

Don Shebib fans, this is the screening for you! Toronto on Film will be paying a special tribute to the legendary director, with a screening of his rare film, BETWEEN FRIENDS. A finalist for Best Picture at the Canadian Film Awards in 1973, BETWEEN FRIENDS follows an ex-con, his daughter and her two friends, as they plan the elaborate heist of a nickel mine in Northern Ontario. The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the legendary director himself!

 

Westney Gardens presents Don’t Talk To Irene
Location: 1010 Westney Road N, Ajax, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English
This is a private event

Ajax is getting in on the NCFD celebrations with a special screening of DON’T TALK TO IRENE. When an overweight would-be cheerleader, Irene, gets suspended from school, she must do her community service at a retirement home. Spurred on by the hilarious and young-at-heart Ruth (Deborah Grover), she signs the residents up for a dance-themed reality show to prove you don’t have to be perfect to be great. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guest, Deborah Grover, in attendance.

 

Green Falls Landing presents The Grand Seduction
Location: 3850 Green Falls Road, Regina, SK
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English
This is a private event

THE GRAND SEDUCTION tells the charming tale of a small East-coast fishing village that must secure a new doctor to keep the community alive. The screening will be introduced by Dr. Philip Charrier, Professor and Head of the Department of History at the University of Regina, and will be followed by a Q&A with star Liane Balaban, who will join the audience via Skype.

 

Iron Road (2009)

Bradgate Arms presents Iron Road
Location: 54 Foxbar Road, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English
This is a private event

Bradgate Arms is showing this epic tale of forbidden love set against the building of the Canadian Railway in the 1880s. Beautifully shot and featuring screen legend Peter O’Toole, IRON ROAD revisits an important and controversial time in Canadian history. The screening will be followed by an in-person Q&A with the film’s producer, Anne Tait.

 

Wawasayg Festival, Zakide Collective and Aanmitaagzi present Wrestling & Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows
Location: Galaxy Cinemas, North Bay, ON
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

In North Bay, ON, the Wawasayg Festival, Zakide Collective, and Aanmitaagzi are presenting WRESTLING and HITMAN HART: WRESTLING WITH SHADOWS at the local Galaxy Cineplex theatres. And that’s not all — local professional wrestler, Dann Jarris will be in attendance to provide a pre-show talk on the films, and to provide context for their creation. If you’re in the North Bay area, head out and witness some wrestling history as the audience gets a glimpse into the lives of professional wrestlers from some of wrestling’s beginnings in the early 1960’s to the present day.

 

Goon (2011)

The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art present Goon 1 & 2
Location: Film.ca Cinemas, Oakville, ON
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Back to back screening alert! In Oakville, ON, The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art is presenting a special  double-feature for NCFD, screening GOON 1 & 2 at the Film.ca Cinemas. Both films follow bouncer Doug Glatt, whose knockout punch lands him a spot as an enforcer on a minor-league Canadian hockey team. Cinematographer Bobby Shore will be in attendance for a live Q&A following the screening!

 

Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (1989)

MediaFilm Plus presents Jésus de Montréal
Location: Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, QC
Time: 3:00 PM
Event primary language: French

MediaFilm Plus and the Cinémathèque québécoise present a special 30th anniversary screening of JESUS DE MONTREAL in the city itself — Montreal! Told with sharp humour and heart, the film received critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It won numerous awards, including the Genie for Best Picture and the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989. Star of the film Johanne-Marie Tremblay will be in attendance following the screening for a live Q&A with audience members.

 

Fantasia Film Festival presents a special 40th anniversary screening of Meatballs
Location: Cinema de Seve, Montreal, QC
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since Canadian comedic classic MEATBALLS was released! Now’s your chance to re-watch it. The Fantasia Film Festival is planning a special 40th anniversary screening of the classic film for NCFD! Featuring Bill Murray in his first starring role, MEATBALLS, follows the wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp. If you’re in Montreal, you don’t want to miss this! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with legendary producer André Link and Greg Dunning, the son of producer John Dunning.

 

The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival Presents Poor Boy’s Game
Location: Cineplex Park Lane Cinemas, Dartmouth, NS
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival, in charming Dartmouth, NS, presents POOR BOY’S GAME for this year’s NCFD!  Directed by Clement Virgo, and co-written with Nova Scotian writer/director Chaz Thorne, POOR BOY’S GAME is the story of class struggle, racial tensions and boxing, set in Halifax. Screenwriter Chaz Thorne will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A!

 

Crackie (2009)

The St. John’s International Women’s Festival presents Crackie
Location: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, St. John’s, NFLD
Time: 7:00 PM
Event primary language: English

The St. John’s International Women’s Festival will be hosting a celebratory 10th-anniversary screening of Sherry White’s arresting feature debut, CRACKIE, described as a “small masterpiece of Canadian realism” by The Globe and Mail. Following Mitsy, a teenage student who lives with her grandmother after having been left at an early age by her mother, the film examines her secret dreams of leaving her small town to live with her mother in Alberta. Star of the film Meghan Greeley will be in attendance for a post film Q&A.

 

Keep checking canfilmday.ca for more highlighted screenings across the country!

You can find screenings by province, territory and even internationally on our Events page. Wherever you are on April 17, join in the celebration about your NCFD on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CanFilmDay!


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