Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I watch a Canadian film on NCFD?

Keep checking our website for updates about events happening in your area, as well as what you can watch through our many broadcast and streaming partners. When we get closer to April 22, we will also let you know what Canadian films are in theatrical release across the country.


I want to host a screening but don’t know how to get started. Do I need a venue? How do I choose a film? What’s the first step?

If you are new to NCFD, the first step is to fill out our new partner registration form. In this form, you can let us know if you’d like one of our Outreach Coordinators to contact you to help plan your event. If you have questions about the registration process you can also write to us at


How do I choose a film? Can you help me get a copy of it?

Our 2020 Spotlight is World on Fire, and we’ve created this curated list of films to choose from. To request a copy of a film for your event, please register a new event. Canadian films are as diverse as the nation itself. We encourage you to explore them all and get in touch with us for recommendations. We’re sure you’ll find something you love.


What kind of support do you offer to your screening partners?
We encourage all our partners to host FREE screenings so that all Canadians have access to a great Canadian film on NCFD. If you do choose to host a FREE screening of a film (especially if you select the title from our curated shortlist), then we can help you cover various costs, including:
  • The rights to screen the film(s)
  • A copy of the film(s)
  • A digital copy of the NCFD “pre-show” that all our partners are encouraged to show before their film(s)
  • A “digital party kit” of online resources and marketing materials to help you promote your event, which can be found on our Screening Partner Resources page.
  • Listing your event on the NCFD website.
  • A “get social” package to help you promote your event online and on social media.
  • Support from our team of coordinators who will talk you through the process of planning your event, and cheer you on!

To find out what else we’re able to help with, get in touch.


Who can host an event? 

Our screening partners include all types of organizations, from libraries, community centres museums, legion halls, military bases and embassies, from elementary schools to retirement homes, museums, cinemas, film festivals and more. 

If you are interested in hosting a screening get in touch and we will talk you through it. And remember, you can also watch a movie from the comfort of your own couch! Invite some friends over and enjoy a Canadian film on TV or streaming over a bowl of popcorn. 


Do you have any programmes for schools? 

Yes! The biggest event in our school calendar is RCtv. It’s the best way for high school students in grades 9 to 12 to celebrate National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) with their peers from coast to coast to coast! Thousands of students across Canada will watch a great Canadian movie and log into our live-stream to participate in discussions with Canadian stars and filmmakers, and engage in lots of other online fun. You can sign up for RCtv now by filling out our registration form.

If you teach grades JK to Grade 8, we encourage you to sign up as well! We have a list of films specially curated for younger viewers to offer you, which you can find at


What is the deadline to sign up?

Our deadline to register your event is Friday, March 13th, 2020! There is still plenty of time to sign up, and we will do our best to provide you with everything you will need to make a great event happen. Please keep in mind that we need some time to send you a DVD copy of your selected film(s), so the sooner you register, the better! 


How do I sign up for NCFD?

You’ve come to the right place!  If you are new to NCFD, you can fill out our new partner registration form right away. If you have participated in NCFD before, please write to to request your personalized returning partner registration form. 


Do I have to choose a film from the curated shortlist?

You can explore the films on our World on Fire shortlist and let us know which films you’re interested in when you fill out your registration form. If you would like help from our team to select a film that will work for your community, you can also let us know that when you fill out your registration form, and we will contact you to make some recommendations. 

Securing the rights to screen the films on our shortlist is something we can guarantee. However, DVD copies are limited, so please register early to ensure that you will be able to receive your first choice. If you would like to choose a film that is not on our curated shortlist, we will do our best to help you secure the title you want. We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to find any and every Canadian film that exists out there, but we’ll work with you to make sure you find something your audience will love. Feel free to talk to us about your programming needs, ideas and options — we’re here to help.


What if we want to charge for a ticketed event?
We strongly encourage all events to be FREE, but if you are hosting a fundraiser or special event, we can talk you through some of the logistics of running a ticketed event. Get in touch and we can discuss all the options.


I participated in NCFD last year. Will this year be the same?

Yes, although we will have a new programming spotlight this year: World on Fire. We’re encouraging all Canadians to embrace the spirit and mission of NCFD and help it take root in our national culture. We’re continuing to provide “do it yourself” toolkits and other resources to our partners, as well as helping them secure access to the films, and more.


What if I want to show a TV show? Is that OK?

NCFD is about movies! We want all Canadians to celebrate the diversity and quality of Canadian films, so we encourage our partners to show films wherever possible. There’s an enormous wealth of feature films and short films from this country and we’d be happy to help you find ones that you are excited to show.

After all, the F in NCFD stands for “Film”!


Will you help me promote my screening as well?

We want to help all our partners find their audiences. There are various ways we can help, depending on the size, scope, location and film selections for your event. Our website will list all the screenings across every province and territory, and our team would be happy to talk with you about ways that you can plug into our existing social media promotions in order to boost your own event. We will also provide printable PDFs of posters that you can put up at the venue, and offer suggestions for promoting your event through local media (radio, newspapers, etc).

If you would like to speak to someone about promotional ideas for your event, email our team to get the conversation started.