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June 9, 2017

“Of all of this year’s sesquicentennial celebrations, few can compete with the sheer scope of National Canadian Film Day 150… The fireworks on Parliament Hill on July 1 can only be a letdown.”

— Jason Anderson, Toronto Star

Dave Feniuk, General Manager
Agape Table:

“Being a nutritional centre, the NCFD 150 event allowed us to not only provide a nourishing meal for our guests, it also gave us the opportunity to provide entertainment and levity to a group that wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford it. It also gave us the opportunity to open our doors longer (2 movies) and provide popcorn and snacks as well as a sense of community to almost 400 people. Thank you for letting Agape Table be part of this amazing event.”

Ashukan Cultural Space:

“It was an honor to receive the brilliant and prolific filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and to screen her film “Trick or Treaty?”. An amazing evening and a full house at the Ashukan Cultural Space! Thank you for sharing with the public your views and your knowledge. You are truly a role model for many Indigenous filmmakers.”

The Bailey Theatre:

“National film day is one of the few cinema events in our theatre and gives an opportunity for audiences to experience the great diversity of Canadian art. Our residents recognize themselves and each other in these films – indigenous, settler and newcomer, anglophone and francophone, children, women and men. This creates bridges between disparate community pockets and bring us all closer as a community and a country.”

 

Bonnechere Union Public Library:

“Such a great way to get Canadian content in to smaller, rural communities that wouldn’t necessarily have access to it!”

Burritts Rapids:

“In the age of streaming services you’d think that public movie screenings would be – like dinosaurs – extinct. But you’d be wrong. There’s no substitute for getting together and watching a movie in community, especially if the film has a local hook. “The Boy in Blue” starring Nicolas Cage was shot in Burritt’s Rapids in 1984 and the NCFD movie screening brought folks to the community hall who hadn’t set foot in the village in decades. Participants dug through closets and basements to find film-related objects of interest plus old photos and press clippings. When Burritt’s Rapids’ locations appeared on screen the steady buzz became a roar as participants called out family and friends who had been extras during the shoot. It became a memorable opportunity for oral history to be shared with the younger attendees and a chance for our senior members to socialize and reminisce.”

CHUO FM:

“This screening got us really excited about some of NFB’s films. Everyone came away from the film with something to think and talk about. It was a heavy film and we were eager to open up the door to talk about some important aspects of Canada’s history especially regarding Indigenous peoples. The NCFD staff was very supportive and had lots of check ins. I am satisfied with the partnership.”

City of Mississauga:

“We were thrilled to be a part of National Film Day. It was wonderful to be part of such a huge event promoting Canadian talent and having an opportunity to share it with our community.”

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq:

“The inclusion of our Mi’kmaw communities in the event was a step in the right direction towards reconciliation. It was great to see that extra efforts were put forth to have First Nation partnerships and emphasis put on Indigenous Films. We received many positive comments about the event, our filmmaker was humbled by the experience and honoured that we showed her film in her home community!”

 

The Great Northern Arts Festival:

“This was a wonderful event for the Arctic town of Inuvik. Our non profit was able to screen the moving and relevant documentary ‘Angry Inuk’ to a room of local residents, including families and elders. It was the first time this sensational documentary had been screed in our community.”

Halton Catholic District School Board:

“The film was fantastic!!! The audience actually loved the Canadian references which we rarely get in typical “American” films. Great way to learn about Canadian history!”

Hamilton Film Festival:

“With this amount of participants across Canada and internationally, it shows that there is an appreciation and appetite for Canadian cinema, and it is crucial that we continue to spotlight it. The NCFD 150 concept hit this one out of the park!”

High Commission of Canada and NYAAC:

“The NCFD 150 screening was a huge success. The guests enjoyed the documentary as well as the IMAX experience tremendously, judging from the enthusiastic feedback we received. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase Canadian creativity in filmmaking and innovative technology to a wide cross-section of Singapore society from a high level politician, high level guests from the public and private sectors, civil society leaders to students and academics.”

Her Excellency Shelley Whiting,
High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to the Maldives:

“National Canadian Film Day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, supported by Reel Canada, allowed us to introduce a humorous bit of Canadiana to a Sri Lankan audience, and to use the chosen film “French Immersion” as an entry point and launching pad for a substantive post-screening panel discussion on national languages, pluralism, tolerance, inclusion, diversity and reconciliation – Government of Canada priorities and areas of critical importance in Sri Lanka on which Canada has focused our bilateral engagement. The global scope of National Film Day, linkages to Canada 150 celebrations, and the professional, high-quality supporting products produced by Reel Canada lent excitement and interest to the event here and also allowed the High Commission to profile excellence in Canadian film more broadly on social media channels and in traditional media.”

Holy Cross Secondary School:

“We can’t wait to get involved every year!!! It really opened our students’ eyes to Canadian film! The books with all the Canadian films listed was phenomenal. I will keep it as a reference (just for myself…I’ve already watched 3 new Cdn films I’ve never heard of!)”

 

Louis Brier Home and Hospital:

“Our senior’s residence thoroughly enjoyed celebrating NCFD 150 by watching The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. We often have movie matinees, but it felt extra special to know that we were participating in a wide-scale Canadian film event! All the materials provided helped to make the day meaningful.”

St. Mary Elementary School:

“I asked my students today what was one of their favorite memories of the year (throwback Thursday) and two of them replied the French Canadian movie day! I was very pleased as we have had a lot of fun events this year and this was the first time we have ever shown a French movie.”

mispon Festival:

“We are so honoured and proud to once again be a part of National Canadian Film Day. We’re thrilled REEL CANADA and National Canadian Film Day made a great effort to screen and promote Indigenous stories across Canada. We’re pleased to be one of the hosts and to screen such an important and moving film like Angry Inuk. We received very enthusiastic, positive feedback on the film and the event. mispon looks forward to sharing more Indigenous voices in future National Canadian Film Day celebrations.”

Ray Barker, Program Director
North Park Theatre Buffalo:

“We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of National Canadian Film Day. The people of Buffalo feel a special friendship with Canada. We have much in common with Canadian culture, from our wintry weather to our love of ice hockey and Labatt Blue. Canadians are our neighbors, customers, and friends. The organizers of NCFD 150 were encouraging, responsive, professional, and cool under pressure. They went out of their way to select 150 wonderful Canadian films to share with their fellow Canadians and with the world. Canada continues to demonstrate the genuine warmth of its people, and its respect and nurturing of the arts. Thank you for your kindness and openness to your friends on the border. With deep admiration and respect.”

Susan Magerman, Teacher
Oasis Alternative Secondary School:

“I really appreciated the work that went into creating a national Film Day for the entire country. Our students really enjoyed the film and especially the opportunity to be included in an online nation-wide school initiative. NCFD 150 provided our small alternative school a chance to connect with other schools around the country to be part of a fun and engaging activity. Thank you!”

St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences:

“It was a wonderful opportunity for our patients to access a broad spectrum of films…all Canadian…there was a sense of pride by many who saw our selections and realizing they were a part of a BIGGER event. It was a wonderful opportunity to escape the personal challenges of our patients even if it was just 1/2 hour!”

 

Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre:

“It was a wonderful day and a great film. Those that attended really enjoyed the film and the fact that they were part of the bigger picture. NCFD provided lots of awesome support leading up to the day which was much appreciated.”

Toronto Public Library Media Commons, Robarts Library:

“Canada has a rich and wonderful film industry and at the Media Commons were so excited to be a part of celebrating it! National Canadian Film Day is the film festival we really needed and we’re so thankful that it exists!”

Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association

“Canadian films tell powerful stories that entertain and educate. Thanks to NCFD 150 for providing an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and help us understand that despite our differences, we, Canadians, have so much more in common. I really appreciate the swag (tshirts, cloth bag, buttons, magnets, cookbook, notepad, chocolate bar, etc.). I wore one tshirt to promote #CanFilmDay and used the rest as door prizes. It made the event more fun and the prizes were a bonus to promote the event.”

Vancouver Jewish Film Centre:

“Great Films, Great People and a Great Time was had by all. This event fostered the most community spirit around Canadian film ever..”

 

Frances Renzullo-Cuzzetto, Teacher-Librarian
Vancouver Technical Secondary:

“Showing Breakaway to a group of International students really helped explain what it means to be a Canadian. The pre-viewing activities helped prepare the students with the background knowledge needed to understand some of the key elements in the film. Small group discussions solidified for them some of the obstacles and benefits of living in a multicultural country such as Canada. Seeing the film made them make some great connections and I do feel some meaningful emotions emerged.”

Windsor Regional Library:

“This is a wonderful community event and an awesome way to celebrate the diversity and talent of our beautiful country and a testament to our rich culture. NCFD allows each and every Canadian to be a part of a grand celebration whether it is in a library, community centre, fire hall, theatre or classroom and no black tie is required. Bon fete Canada!”


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