Today is National Canadian Film Day

44 homemade films will be screened across Canada, including in B.C. in Campbell River, Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver, and Whistler.

Reel Canada and a slew of sponsors have launched National Canadian Film Day

April 29 is National Canadian Film Day – a new workday holiday designed to bring awareness to the country’s long history of award-winning, homegrown moviemaking.

The day, presented by REEL Canada and a slew of sponsors (including the CBC, Scotiabank, and Cineplex) says it aims to achieve two things: Awareness and Availability, “to share these awesome films with our friends and neighbours – spread the wealth.”

“We want Canadians everywhere to realize what amazing, incredible films are created right here in our own backyard,” the site reads, on CanadianFilmDay.ca. “It’s a light-hearted intervention for our national consciousness, a wake-up call to anyone who has not yet been exposed to the great cinematic stories we tell one another in this cold, vast country.”

The site encourages people to share its existence on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social networks or online outlets viewers might have. The Day’s Flickr page is also dotted with photos of Canada’s most famous films and actors, from comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas to director Atom Egoyan or actors Jay Baruchel and Paul Gross.

This year’s event is the first-ever National Canadian Film Day.

People are encouraged to take part by, well, watching… anything. Whatever would go well with a bottle of maple syrup or a cinnamon-coated beaver tail.

Online, Canadians can view a slew of the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning shorts, like the Log Driver’s Waltz and the Oscar-nominated The Cat Came Back, as well as the animated movie based on Roch Carrier’s The Sweater.

Canada Vignettes: Log Driver’s Waltz by John Weldon, National Film Board of Canada

(There is a long list of movies available to watch online – provided by REEL Canada – although some of them may require a login or have expired, such as The Rocket (a Canadian film about hockey legend Maurice Richard) and David Cronenberg’s Videodrome.)

44 Canadian films will also be screened across the country, with showcased listings in every province.

In B.C., for example, Campbell River’s Landmark Cinemas is showing Sisters & Brothers, starring Cory Monteith, Amanda Crew, and Dustin Milligan. Dawson Creek’s Landmark theatre is showing Bon Cop/Bad Cop. Kelowna’s Famous Players is showing C.R.A.Z.Y.

Vancouver is showing movies like We Are Here, Neurons to Nirvana, Reaching Blue and Double Happiness at various venues. Victoria’s Vic Theatre is showing Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and the city’s CineVic Society is showing Horses in Winter. Finally, Whistler’s Public Library is showing Watermark, a documentary.

(*A full listing of Canada-wide National Film Day screenings is available online.)

The day is also getting some love from broadcast partners, with the Hollywood Suite cable package airing Canadian-made films all day on its channels – AXN Movies, MGM Channel, Sony Movie Channel, and WarnerFilms.

Shaw will be broadcasting Canadian films on IFC and Showcase.

And The Movie Network is also getting in on the maple leaf-y action, with Canadian movies showing on its HD channel, Encore channels, MExcess, MFest, and HBO Canada.

The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker, National Film Board of Canada

The Sweater by Sheldon Cohen, National Film Board of Canada

Just Posted

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Two-sailing waits continue Victoria to Tsawwassen

Backlog continues despite extra sailings over Easter

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Most Read