Enhanced Screenings for National Canadian Film Day

April 10, 2018


Wow! Get ready to watch some movies!
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, live bands and more! We’ve listed them from west to east, so you can easily scroll to your part of the country!

Stay tuned to canfilmday.ca for more updates!

Into the Forest (2015)

CineVic in Victoria presents Into the Forest
Location: Victoria, BC
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

CineVic and REEL CANADA present a free public screening of Into the Forest for National Canadian Film Day! Director Patricia Rozema has made a brilliant career telling stories about the lives of strong women, and Into the Forest is no exception. Based on Jean Hegland’s novel, Into the Forest tells the terrifyingly plausible story of a not-too-distant future where the power goes out for good, and two sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) must stick together in their isolated, rural home without gas, water, electricity or any of the technological conveniences that we take for granted. Page and Wood deliver fabulous performances, showcasing a range of emotions as the limits of their sanity, safety and family are tested. Director Patricia Rozema will Skype in before the film for an extended filmmaker discussion.

 

Double Happiness (Bonheur aigre-doux) (1995)

VIFF Presents Double Happiness and 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
Location: Vancouver, BC
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Mina Shum’s classic Double Happiness will be presented by the Vancouver International Film Festival. The film stars Sandra Oh as Jade Li, a vivacious Chinese Canadian who wants to become an actress without upsetting her extremely traditional parents. It’s a balancing act that Jade is finding difficult to achieve. Talking in English, wearing western clothes and going out with non-Asian guys, Jade leads a secret life. Things come to a head when a white Canadian graduate student insists on turning their casual fling into something more meaningful. It’s a relationship that Jade’s parents would hate. What should she do? Director Mina Shum will join the audience for a Skype Q&A preceding the film.

Double Happiness will be followed by a screening of François Girard’s 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, which celebrates its 25th anniversary as one of Canada’s most outstanding cinematic achievements. Mirroring the structure of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the recording that made eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould famous, this dramatic narrative is broken up into 32 short pieces. Each short film provides an insight into an aspect of Gould’s life and career.  Star Colm Feore will speak to the audience via Skype and take part in a Q&A following the screening.

 

The Cinematheque in Vancouver presents Loyalties and Werewolf
Location: Vancouver, BC
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The renowned Cinematheque in Vancouver will be hosting two enhanced screenings for NCFD, starting with family-centred drama Loyalties at 6:30 p.m. Set in a remote town in Alberta, Anne Wheeler’s powerful drama examines the bond that grows between a prim, upper-crust Englishwoman and a Métis single mother after the eruption of male violence in both the “Native” and “white” sides of town. Loyalties is a thoughtful study of the dynamics of class, race and gender in a far-flung community. Director Anne Wheeler will appear for an in-person Q&A following the screening.

The Q&A will be followed by a screening of the award-winning film Werewolf at 8:45 p.m., which follows the difficult existence of a pair of homeless drug addicts, shown with harsh honesty and surprising sensitivity. A sobering, documentary-esque film, Werewolf was named to TIFF’s annual “Canada’s Top 10” list and nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards. This is one of the hottest Canadian films of the year! Director Ashley McKenzie will join the audience for a Q&A via Skype following the film. Double-features don’t get much better than this!

 

Window Horses (2016)

Powell River Digital Film School Presents Window Horses
Location: Powell River, BC
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Powell River Digital Film School presents the extraordinary animated feature Window Horses! It tells the tale of Rosie, a young Canadian poet of Chinese and Persian descent. Rosie lives in Vancouver with her Chinese grandparents and dreams of travelling and seeing the world. When she receives an invitation to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, Rosie embarks on a journey that unravels a personal mystery and brings her closer to her Persian roots. Voiced by an all-star cast including Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar, Window Horses is a beautiful and poignant story about family, imagination, culture and finding your own voice. Director Ann Marie Fleming will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film screening.

 

Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) presets Blood & Donuts
Location: Calgary, AB
Time: Doors 8:45 p.m., screening stars at  9:45 p.m.
Event primary language: English

To kick things off in Alberta, CUFF will screen Blood & Donuts by director Holly Dale. Don’t miss the chance to see this comedy-horror classic about Boya the vampire, who is accidentally awakened after 25 years of sleep in 1994 Toronto. He takes a cab to the local cemetery, retrieves his belongings from a grave, and lodges in a low budget hotel near an all-night donut shop where he befriends and protects a taxi driver named Earl, and falls in love with the waitress Molly. Acclaimed cinematographer Paul Sarossy will be in attendance for a Q&A. 

 

National Screen Institute & Urban Shaman present The Road Forward
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The National Screen Institute and Urban Shaman have teamed up to present the incredible new film The Road Forward. A musical documentary by Marie Clements, The Road Forward connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indigenous nationalism in the 1930s with the powerful momentum of Indigenous activism today. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, The Road Forward pushes the boundaries of what we expect of documentaries—weaving in musical sequences that seamlessly connect past and present with blues, rock, and traditional beats. Offering a unique, defiant blend of genres, The Road Forward will leave you smiling and feeling inspired. Director Marie Clements and filmmaker and subject from the film, Doreen Manuel will join the audience for a Q&A following the film. 

 

Trailblazers: A conversation with Deepa Mehta and Alanis Obomsawin
Location: Toronto, ON
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Event primary language: English

REEL CANADA is hosting a special evening with two of Canada’s preeminent filmmakers as they discuss their work, their lives, and the present moment in Canadian culture. At a live event at the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Alanis Obomsawin and Deepa Mehta will talk about their respective journeys as filmmakers, as women, and as Canadians. The discussion will focus on a range of themes as reflected in clips from their many films, and will be followed by an audience Q&A.

The event will be moderated by artist, filmmaker, and podcaster Aliya Pabani, host of CANADALAND’s arts and culture podcast, The Imposter. This is one of largest National Canadian Film Day celebrations in the country. Tickets range from $10 for youth/students and arts workers, and $15 for adults.

 

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Le chant des sirènes) (1987)

Revue Cinema & cléo presents I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing
Location: Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Revue Cinema in the beautiful Roncesvalles neighbourhood presents the Canadian classic: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. Included in TIFF’s “Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time”, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing made Rozema the first women to be included in the rankings. Since its release, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing has been written about in numerous books on Canadian and Queer film, and has become a classic of our national cinema. The film was lauded for its combination of realism and fantasy, of longing and comedy—and Toronto audiences still enjoy spotting favourite locales from the Sunnyside Boardwalk, to the Bloor Viaduct, to Bay Street’s high rises throughout the film. Director Patricia Rozema will join the audience for a Q&A following the film. Come out to see a Canadian classic and learn more about Canada’s rich cinematic legacy!

 

The CBC Atrium Presents Maudie for new Canadians and English language-learners
Location: Toronto, ON
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Celebrate with us at the beautiful CBC Atrium in downtown Toronto with a screening of the inspiring hit film Maudie (Best Picture winner at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards), followed by a question and answer period with the film’s producer, Mary Young LeckieMaudie is based on the true story of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s best known and most loved folk artists. You will have a chance to ask questions, get your photo taken with the producer, and WIN prizes.

This screening is specially-curated for new Canadians and English language-learners, but it is free and open to the public

 

 

Long Time Running (2017)

The Royal Cinema presents Long Time Running (featuring an all-female Tragically Hip cover band)
Location: Toronto, ON
Time: 8:00 p.m. (Band) 9:00 (Screening)
Event primary language: English

The Royal Cinema in Toronto presents, Long Time Running, which chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour that The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Arrive early (8:00 p.m.) to hear a special live performance of classic Tragically Hip tracks by an incredible cover band — BARBcaygeon! The film screening starts at 9:00 p.m. 

 

The Canadian Film Centre presents 22 Chaser
Location: Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Canadian Film Centre will present a special screening of the new film 22 Chaser at the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto. The film follows a tow truck driver who risks everything on a desperate quest to become king of the road and provide for his struggling family. A high-octane mystery-drama, this is the screening to attend if you’re into action and thriller movies. The cast and crew will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this brand new film on National Canadian Film Day!

 

Ontario Media Development Corporation presents Indian Horse
Location: Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Featuring the members of the cast and crew, the Ontario Media Development Corporation presents a screening of the critically acclaimed 2017 film, Indian Horse. The film follows the life of an indigenous boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives the residential school system and encounters the systematic racism of Canada in the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. The cast and crew will be taking part in a Q&A session after the screening. A highly emotional film, this event is recommended for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the residential school system, and the treatment of the indigenous peoples of Canada in the 20th century. Note: This is a private event, that is by invitation only.

 

Oakville Festivals of Film & Art present Porcupine Lake
Location: Oakville, ON
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art present Porcupine Lake, the latest film by director Ingrid Veninger. In it, two girls dangling on the brink of adulthood enjoy a summertime of fleeting childhood adventures. Director Ingrid Veninger and editor, Chris Mutton will join the audience for a Q&A following the film. This is a brand new Canadian film making waves across the country. Not to be missed!

 

Werewolf (2016)

Canadian Film Institute presents Werewolf
Location: Ottawa, ON
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Ashley McKenzie’s 2016 drama Werewolf will be screening in Ottawa at the Canadian Film Institute. A sobering, documentary-esque account of two recovering junkies in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Blaise (Andrew Gillis) and Nessa (Bhreagh MacNeil) are outcast methadone users in their small town. Each day they push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass. Nessa plots an escape, while Blaise lingers closer to collapse. Named to TIFF’s annual “Canada’s Top 10” list and nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards, this is one of the hottest Canadian films of the year!  Director Ashley McKenzie will join the audience for a Q&A following the film.

 

The Fantasia International Film Festival presents Kissed
Location: Montreal, QC
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Presented on original 35mm film, the Fantasia International Film Festival is screening the subversive and poignant Kissed in Montreal. The film stars Molly Parker as Sandra Larson, a young woman whose fixation on death leads her to study embalming at a mortuary school, where she finds herself drawn toward feelings of necrophilia. Director Lynne Stopkewich will be on hand for a live Q&A following the film! This extraordinary film is surely one of Canada’s boldest feature debuts – so if you’re into watching an unusual and disturbing Canadian classic, this is the screening for you!

 

The Passion of Augustine (La Passion d'Augustine) (2015)

Media Film presents La Passion d’Augustine (The Passion of Augustine)
Location: Montreal, QC
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Event primary language: French

Presented by Media Film, La Passion d’Augustine (The Passion of Augustine) will be screening in Montreal this National Canadian Film Day! Céline Bonnier stars as Mother Augustine, a passionate and resilient Catholic nun who teaches music to children of all backgrounds in a convent school in rural Quebec in the 1960s. When her rebellious but musically gifted niece joins the convent, Mother Augustine must confront a past that she strives to forget. Director Léa Pool will join the audience for a Q&A following the film.

 

Emerging Lens presents Brown Girl Begins
Location: Halifax, NS
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Acclaimed sci-fi film Brown Girl Begins will be screening in Halifax at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Sharon Lewis’ Afrofuturist feature debut, and a prequel to Nalo Hopkinson’s award-winning novel Brown Girl in the Ring, Brown Girl Begins is a post-apocalyptic tale about a young black woman who is trapped in a world forced upon her. Director Sharon Lewis will be on hand for a Q&A following the film! If a dystopian vision of a future Toronto is up your alley, check out this screening!

 

St. John’s International Women’s Festival presents Meditation Park
Location: St. John’s, NF
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

Meditation Park will be screening as part of the St. John’s International Women’s Festival for National Canadian Film Day. The film follows an elderly woman in Vancouver, Maria, and her journey of self-discovery that soon teaches her that everyone’s lives are more complicated than she has been led to believe. A charming and generous film, Meditation Park boasts fine performances by its terrific lead actors, and is one of the hottest Canadian films of 2018. Film director Mina Shum will join the audience for a Skype Q&A following the film!

 

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 18, join in the celebration about your NCFD on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CanFilmDay!


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