Each NCFD, we strive to curate a Spotlight that will entertain, intrigue and be relevant to Canadians. This year, nothing felt more urgent than the fact that we are living in a world on fire — both literally and metaphorically.
In a time of such urgent concerns, movies can be a beacon of hope. They can comfort, unite, and even change us. They carry the emerging voices of youth, Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and other artists. We hope these films will make you think, inspire you to act, spark an important conversation, or give you a much-needed laugh. All of them reflect a uniquely Canadian perspective on a world in crisis.