Vancouver: A Highlight Reel of NCFD 150 Events

April 14, 2017


National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is truly shaping up to be a BIG celebration of our country and our films. And, with over 1,700 screening events across Canada (and abroad!) there’s a lot to choose from. Thanks to our wonderful supporters and screening partners, we’re bringing a whole lot of Canucks to a whole lot of big screens. The only question now is: Where will YOU be on National Canadian Film Day 150?

If you’re in the Vancouver area for NCFD 150, come soak in the festivities by heading to one of our screenings, installations, or other special events listed below.


Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

4:30 PM: Matinee: SKIP TRACER
To kick things off at 4:30pm, Atom Egoyan has handpicked the 1977 BC film SKIP TRACER, by director Zale Dalen. Don’t miss the chance to see this rarely screened classic about a fallen repo man trying to climb his way back to the top, will be shown in a matinee slot. Director Zale Dalen will be in attendance for a Q&A.

At 7:00pm, the 20th Anniversary screening of THE SWEET HEREAFTER will be followed by a Q&A with director Atom Egoyan and star Bruce Greenwood. The heart-wrenching film explores the subtle ways grief and tragedy shape our lives.

10:15 PM: Late Show: EXOTICA
Finishing the night at 10pm is another of Egoyan’s most celebrated films, EXOTICA, a hypnotic thriller about desire, obsession and loneliness. Atom Egoyan will be introducing the film.

Cinematheque Vancouver presents NCFD 150 & Canada On Screen

The early show kicks off with two deeply personal stories: Ann Marie Fleming’s experimental short YOU TAKE CARE NOW, which hauntingly explores personal traumas, and Sarah Polley’s acclaimed documentary STORIES WE TELL which unravels her family’s long-held secrets. Polley explores the very nature of family and the conspiracy we enter into in order to protect the bonds we cherish with our loved ones.

8:30 PM: ARCHANGEL, preceded by RYAN
The second screening is of the Oscar-winning animated short RYAN, in which director Chris Landreth crafts a touching tribute to Canadian animation pioneer Ryan Larkin. This will be followed by Guy Maddin’s wild early feature, the black & white ARCHANGEL, which explores obsessive love during the Bolshevik Revolution.

UBC Frederic Wood Theatre presents DOUBLE HAPPINESS at 6:30 PM
Celebrate one of BC’s finest filmmakers with Mina Shum’s DOUBLE HAPPINESS, in which a young woman (played by Sandra Oh) struggles to balance her traditional Chinese family’s expectations and her own Canadian identity.

Presented by the UBC Department of Theatre & Film, DOUBLE HAPPINESS will screen at the UBC Frederic Wood Theatre preceded by a reception at 6:30 PM and followed by a Q&A with director Mina Shum. Set in Vancouver, the film and the Q&A will surely resonate with Canadians from all walks of life.

Tickets are available in person at the venue both in advance and on the day of the event. You can get your advance tickets on weekdays between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm at 6354 Crescent Road. You can also obtain your tickets online here.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents AFTER THE LAST RIVER
Presented by the DOXA Documentary Film Festival and The David Suzuki Foundation, the film will screen at UBC Robson Square. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Get your FREE tickets here.

In 2008, De Beers, opened a diamond mine just 90 km upstream from the Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario. As the mine removed billions of dollars worth of diamonds, the promised jobs barely materialized and the community was threatened by potentially devastating contamination. AFTER THE LAST RIVER follows their five-year journey into the international spotlight and the protests that galvanized the Idle No More movement. Through interviews and day-in-the-life footage of the community, director Victoria Lean weaves a tapestry of the issues affecting indigenous rights today.

9:00 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Victoria Lean, activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Indigenous filmmaker Doreen Manuel and others.

Also available at the screening is the special sesquicentennial edition of Point of View Magazine (POV) covering the history of Canadian documentaries. Presented by REEL CANADA, “The Stories We Tell,” highlights must-see short docs and feature-length docs that have shaped the history of Canadian documentaries. Pick up your very own copy at the screening.

Vancouver Public Library – Main Branch
During NCFD 150, the Vancouver Public Library is screening two films: THE SNOW WALKER and MIXED MATCH.

Alice MacKay Room
When their plane goes down in the wilderness, an Arctic bush pilot and his passenger, a young Inuit woman, are forced to rely on each other to survive. Based on a story by acclaimed Canadian author Farley Mowat, this is a beautifully rendered tale directed by Charles Martin Smith and set in the gorgeous but desolate Arctic.

Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms
This animated/live-action documentary directed by Canadian director Jeff Chiba Stearns explores the challenges multi-ethnic blood disease patients face when trying to find a bone marrow match for transplant.

The film will be co-presented by the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. Following the screening, director Jeff Chiba Stearns will be there for a Q&A.

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
The Vancouver Jewish Film Festival is the longest running Jewish film festival in Canada. During NCFD 150, they will be screening WEIRDOS and BARNEY’S VERSION. Tickets are available at the Film Centre office, by telephone reservation, online, or on the day of the event.

6:30pm: WEIRDOS
Beautifully shot in black and white and scored with a suitably killer ’70s soundtrack, this newly released film from Canadian master Bruce McDonald and playwright and screenwriter Daniel MacIvor spikes its coming-of-age road-movie template with a witty dash of magic realism.

BARNEY’S VERSION tells the story of Barney Panofsky, played by Paul Giamatti in a Golden Globe–winning performance. As he progresses from young adulthood to old age, Barney ricochets from one romantic entanglement to another, trying to keep his outrageous father under control while being pursued by a cop who suspects him of murdering his best friend.

Crazy8s/Celluloid Social Club at the ANZA Club at 8:00 PM
Crazy8s is an 8-day filmmaking event in which emerging filmmakers get funding and support to produce a short film. For NCFD 150, Crazy8s / Celluloid Social Club is hosting screenings of short films including THE REMEMBERER, GANJY and GROCERY STORE ACTION MOVIE and others.

School Creative presents Lawrence & Holloman at 7:00 PM
School Creative is a training school for the arts. On NCFD 150, they will be screening LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN with alumni from the school in attendance.

National Film Board of Canada

10 AM – 5 PM: Atrium
The NFB will showcase a great selection of Canadian shorts. This day-long event will be open to the public and will feature screenings of BC short films such as ASSEMBLY, UNINTERRUPTED, CMYK, I AM HERE, BUTTON BLANKET, as well as other Canadian shorts like MOBILIZE, THE SWEATER, THE CAT CAME BACK and SUNDAY.

10 AM – 12 PM: NFB Digital Studio
For curious film lovers, NFB Digital Studio will be open from 10 am – 12 pm with a 360° camera demo. This interactive demo will allow the public to see how this new technology works, ask questions, and learn all about the medium.

There will also be a VR demo featuring CUT OFF (co-production with VICE), WAY TO GO, CARDBOARD CRASH, and CARDBOARD BEAR VR.

9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00PM: Screening Room
To complete this venue’s hat trick of events, make sure to check out short films MABEL, DANISH POET and DEBRIS, which will run on a fifty minute loop throughout the day.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery (Richmond) presents ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS at 7:00 PM
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond will hold a screening of ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS, a documentary in which two siblings travel from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and his fractured relationship with their Indigenous mother. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Sarah Wai Yee Ling.

The film reveals interconnected histories of Chinese Canadian and First Nations relations along the Fraser River in British Columbia. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Reserve your tickets here.


TELUS STORYHIVE & NFB Pop-Up Screening Spaces (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
VPL Main Branch Atrium & Jack Poole Plaza
During the day, we’ll have two street level pop-up locations sponsored by the NFB and TELUS STORYHIVE. Popping up in two locations in downtown Vancouver, they’ll screen short films featuring Canadian talent including local filmmakers. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, drop by to experience a slice of Canadian films!

9:00 PM: End the night at the Vancity Theatre Lounge
After a night of Canadian films, head over to the Vancity Theatre Lounge to grab a drink, hang out, and cap off the night with a toast to NCFD 150!


Looking for more events near you? Head over to our Events page or check out the listings below for even more events popping up across the city.

French Events in Vancouver

RCtv – our special offering for high schools, featuring online Q&As, interactive games and more

Other events in the Greater Vancouver Area

Photo by Ruth Hartnup, CC by 2.0

Photo by Ruth Hartnup, CC by 2.0

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