Great Canadian Films to Screen Across Ontario as Part of National Canadian Film Day 150!

World’s Largest Film Festival with Over 850 Free Screenings and Events across Ontario

On April 19, REEL CANADA, in partnership with the province, through Ontario 150, will present the world’s largest film festival – ever – as part National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150).

With more than 1,700 (and counting) events across Canada including more than 850 in Ontario alone, theatres, schools, public spaces, on multiple broadcast stations and online platforms, all are invited to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation by watching a great Canadian film.

“It will be a party like no other,” says Sharon Corder, artistic director of REEL CANADA. Jack Blum, executive director adds “Thanks to the support of partners like Ontario150, people of all ages and backgrounds across the province will be proudly celebrating our history, our stories, our talent, our industry and our culture through diverse films of all genres. On April 19, Canadian film will be everywhere!”

NCFD 150 is supported by the province of Ontario as part of Ontario150 programming taking place across the province in 2017.

“Film is a lens through which we can view our past and create a vision for a bright and inclusive future – it is only fitting that we commemorate our 150th with an acknowledgment of our legacy in film,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I encourage everyone to participate in this momentous free festival and experience incredible Canadian talent on the big screen.”

On April 19, 2017, NCFD 150 will include:

  • more than 100 screenings in rural and remote parts of the province
  • over 150 screenings of French-language feature-length and short films
  • over 160 screenings of films made by Indigenous artists or featuring significant Indigenous themes
  • 85 events welcoming new Canadians
  • Nearly 40 enhanced screenings at multiple locations featuring special guests like directors and actors
  • 75 high schools participating in our English and French webcast programmes
  • Plus an additional 340 events for youth and students, taking place in schools and in the community
  • major broadcasters like CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Corus, APTN, CHCH that will air Canadian films on various channels and streaming platforms
  • online access to a curated collection of 150 Canadian films

For more information on screenings taking place in Ontario visit CanFilmDay.ca

About National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150)

National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), an initiative of REEL CANADA, was created as a new way to celebrate this great nation, embrace Canadian cinema, and have some FUN! For 2017, NCFD 150 will become the world’s largest one-day film festival in the world. Canadian film will be everywhere — on foot, online and on-screen — thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. NCFD 150 would not exist without our sensational major sponsors: Cineplex, CBC, Telefilm Canada, Quebec Cinema, Entertainment One, Google Canada, TIFF, Landmark Cinemas, VIA Rail, REDspace, Air Canada, William F. White International Inc. and Mercury Filmworks. Major broadcast partners include CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Sportsnet, Corus, APTN, CHCH, OUTtv, Vision TV, Super Channel. Major distributor partners include Elevation Pictures, Mongrel Media, dFilms, KinoSmith, WFG, TVA, CFMDC, IndieCan Entertainment, Pacific Northwest Pictures and Canadian Indie Film Series.

About Ontario 150

2017 is the 150th anniversary of Ontario as a province. To recognize this historically significant year, the government has launched Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that is honouring the province’s past, showcasing the present and inspiring future generations. Through the Ontario150 grant programs and a series of signature initiatives, Ontario is engaging youth, encouraging cultural expression, promoting participation in sport and recreation, and creating economic opportunities across the province. www.ontario.ca/150, #Ontario150

Related Links

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Learn more about Ontario150 program and events

Media Contacts

Cara McCutcheon, Marketing & Communications Director, REEL CANADA, 416-642-5796, ext. 213, cara@reelcanada.ca
Marie Ellen Beninger, Media Relations, Ontario150, 416-314-5298, MaryEllen.Beninger@ontario.ca

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