F.A.Q.

How do I sign up for NCFD 150?

You’ve come to the right place! NCFD 150  is coming up very soon, but it’s still not too late to sign up. 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.

Head over to our late entry sign-up form and get started.

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.

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

NCFD 150 is fast approaching, and due to overwhelming demand (as of last count there were more than 1500 screenings across the country and worldwide), we have had to reduce the list of titles that we are able to provide DVD copies of.

Don’t worry – it’s still a great list of Canadian films, and you can find it here.

If you don’t need our help to source a DVD copy of the film you’ll be showing, then you aren’t limited to this list. You can screen any Canadian film of your choosing, and we will do our best to help you to clear the rights to show it. See the next question and answer below for more ideas about how to choose your film.

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

As we mentioned above – it all depends on whether you need our help to secure a DVD. If you’re sourcing your own copy, 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)

Unfortunately, the Screening Party Kit that we were offering to our screening partners is no longer available. Due to overwhelming demand for participation in NCFD 150 , we have confirmed more than double the originally anticipated number of events and have regrettably run out of screening party kits.

However, new partners can still download materials to help them promote and plan their events from our website. Just check the Screening Partner Resources page for more info.

Please note that if we are helping you source a copy of your selected film or sending you a DVD copy of the Pre-Show, these shipments are subject to event confirmation before our shipping deadlines.

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

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

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?

Our screening confirmation deadline has already passed. 

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate!

You can still sign-up, and we will still do our best to provide you with everything you will need to make a great event happen. As we mentioned above; we are no long able to send you a Screening Party Kit, and our ability to ship other materials to you will depend on how close it is to April 19, 2017, and the location of your screening. However, even with short notice, we do want you to have a great NCFD 150  event, so get in touch right away and we’ll do our best to help.

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 1,700+ 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.