The seventh annual National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on April 22nd will unite Canadians in a celebration of our cinematic culture by moving screenings and events online.
The centrepiece of the programming this year will be “CanFilmDay Live”: an interactive livestream broadcast from 6 PM to 10 PM on YouTube and canfilmday.ca. It will feature engaging, interactive activities, conversations with filmmakers and other industry professionals, short videos submitted by Canadians, “Happy NCFD” messages from around the world, and more.
Confirmed guests who will take part in the livestream programming include Atom Egoyan, Colm Feore, Mina Shum, Philippe Falardeau, Vinay Virmani, Patricia Rozema, Emily Hampshire, Peter Keleghan, Mary Young Leckie and Don McKellar. .
There will be great Canadian films on CBC, CBC Gem, Encore+, Netflix, Hollywood Suite, Crave, and the NFB. Audiences of all ages will be connecting with their friends, neighbours, classmates, colleagues, communities and fellow citizens through online Watch Parties and on the livestream.
“While there is a huge selection of pop-up home entertainment happening, we believe that Canadians are hungry for an opportunity to be part of something larger, and especially something Canadian,” said Jack Blum, Executive Director of Reel Canada. “It’s a chance to come together and give each other a big virtual hug.”
Special programming will be made available to more than 150 retirement residences and long term care facilities, including video introductions from the filmmakers. We hope these offerings will bring some comfort and much-needed cheer to our most vulnerable citizens, who are in isolation and away from their families and loved ones.
There will also be a wealth of family-friendly programming during the day, to help Canadian parents looking for activities to do with their kids. There will be games, printable colouring pages, online scavenger hunts and other fun (and educational) content, as well as a list of kid-appropriate films that Canadians can access for free.
Each year on NCFD, there is a significant online presence, with #canfilmday trending across Canada. This year, it’s all happening online, so in addition to the livestream, Canadians are encouraged to explore and follow #canfilmday for a wealth of other ways to tune in. Other organizations and individuals will also be hosting their own NCFD activities.
Visit canfilmday.ca for more information in the lead-up to April 22.
NCFD is a huge endeavour that’s made possible through the efforts of dedicated sponsors and partners, including the Government of Canada, Telefilm Canada, CBC, Cineplex, TD, Netflix, Encore+ and many others.