F.A.Q.

How do I sign up for NCFD 150?

You’ve come to the right place! If you are interested in hosting a screening event or just want to find out more about the big nation-wide party we’re planning, contact us. We are happy to answer any of your questions and to help you get involved.

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?

The first step is talking to one of our Outreach Coordinators and figuring out what you’d like to do and how we can help. If you already have a venue, we can help you with film selections. Our 150 Canadian Films list is a great resource.

If you need help finding a venue, are looking for other organizations in your community to partner with, or have any other logistical questions about putting on an NCFD 150 event, just get in touch and we can talk through all the options with you.

Do I have to choose a film from the 150 Canadian Films?

You can screen anything, as long as it is Canadian. Our 150 Canadian Films list is a reference guide and programming tool which REEL CANADA created to help get you started. It’s made available to all our screening partners and we hope you’ll look through it to spark ideas and inspire you to choose the right film. We recommend that you think about your community and the people who might be coming to your screening when making a selection, to ensure the film is a good fit and one your audience will love.

Beyond that it’s up to you! Our list is not intended to be prescriptive. If you’d like to screen a film that’s not on this list, that is absolutely fine! You might also consider a programme of short films. Feel free to talk to us about your programming needs, ideas and options — we’re here to help.

What do you mean by “Canadian film”?

A Canadian film is film produced by Canadians – sometimes, this can be confusing, as Canada’s robust film industry does host film shoots from many other countries as well. If in doubt about whether a film is Canadian, just ask us!

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 150. If you do choose to host a FREE screening of a Canadian film, then we can help you cover various costs, including:

– The rights to screen the film(s)*
– A DVD copy of the film(s)*
– An NCFD 150 “pre-show” DVD that all our partners are encouraged to show before their film(s)
– A Screening Party Kit including marketing materials to help you promote your screening and a wide variety of fun games and goodies for you and to give away to your staff, volunteers, audience members or contest winners.

Please note that all shipments (Pre-Show and Screening Party Kit) are subject to event confirmation before our shipping deadlines, which will fall in mid-February.

*If you’re screening a film that is not from the 150 Canadian Films list, we will still help to source a copy and track down the rights, if it is possible to do so.

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 would suggest a Pay What You Can (PWYC) option. If you decide to charge for the screening we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offset your costs.

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

NCFD 150 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.

You might notice that there are a few well-made, long-form TV programs on our list (The Boys of St. Vincent, and Anne of Green Gables, to name a couple) but in general, we aren’t including television series in this celebration.

After all, the F in NCFD 150 stands for “Film”!

What is the screening event confirmation deadline?

We are aiming to confirm all screening events by February 15, 2017, in order to make sure that we have enough time to ship all the goodies we have for you in time. We want you to have plenty of time to promote your event!

You can of course sign-up after that date, and we will still do our best to provide you with everything you will need to make a great event happen. However, our ability to get shipments to you or deliver certain aspects of screening support might depend on how close it is to April 19, 2017, and the location of your screening.

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 800+ 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 send you posters to 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.