Canada on Screen, NCFD 150 and TIFF Film Circuit
REEL CANADA and TIFF have had a longstanding relationship as mutual admirers of Canadian film in our own ways. We also both happen to have signature projects lined up for Canada 150. Announced last October, TIFF’s signature project is called Canada on Screen, a showcase of 150 essential moving image works that have defined Canadian cinema and moving pictures. The list includes not just films (features, shorts, experimental works, documentaries and animation) but television, music videos, commercials and moving image installations. This isn’t just any list: TIFF CEO Piers Handling called it “the most ambitious retrospective of our country’s moving image heritage ever attempted.”
With Canada on Screen, TIFF and its partners are celebrating Canadian works all year long, screening these works for free in celebration of the sesquicentennial. But since we at REEL CANADA have our own signature Canada 150 project—National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150)—and our own list of 150 Canadian films, it just made sense to combine efforts with TIFF, making NCFD 150 a strong component of their celebrations and making an already great partnership between our two organisations even better!
TIFF will use their Film Circuit outreach program as a means to celebrate NCFD 150, with over 150 screenings taking place across the country. Founded in 1989, TIFF Film Circuit brings the best of Canadian and international cinema to communities across the country.. Film lovers in over 100 different cities across Canada will have a chance to enjoy Canada on Screen titles at TIFF Film Circuit locations for NCFD 150.
Eleven titles from TIFF’s Canada on Screen list will be shown in communities from as far west as Prince Rupert, BC to as far east as Corner Brook, NL, and many more in between. These great Canadian films include Atom Egoyan’s drama THE SWEET HEREAFTER, Sarah Polley’s personal documentary STORIES WE TELL, Zacharias Kunuk’s northern epic ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER and more!
Film loving kids in Toronto can join TIFF Kids at Bell Lightbox for a screening of the animated film THE LEGEND OF SARILA (LA LÉGENDE DE SARILA) as well as a special shorts programme titled “The Good Ol’ Hockey Game” featuring hockey-themed shorts including the beloved animated classic THE SWEATER. [School groups must book in advance by contacting TIFF.]
In the evening, the Lightbox will host a screening of THIRTY-TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD, followed by a post-film Q&A with the film’s star Colm Feore and writer Don McKellar. Niv Fichman and Francois Girard will also be in attendance.
And Vancouverites can see four films from the Canada on Screen list (two features, each preceded by a short) at The Cinematheque.
Join us in saluting the TIFF Film Circuit for taking these important films to communities across the country. Check out the list of all Film Circuit screenings, or use the CanFilmDay website to search for an NCFD 150 event near you!