April 29 is National Canadian Film Day
April 29 is National Canadian Film Day

From Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers to Arcand’s Jésus de Montréal; from Catherine O’Hara to Seth Rogen, Canadians have a lot to be proud of in Hollywood North. To celebrate our country’s film heritage and its future, April 29 marks the second annual National Canadian Film Day where organizers encourage us from coast-to-coast to uncharacteristically “pat ourselves on the back for something other than various ice-related sports and sports-related doughnut shops”.

Launched in 2014, National Canadian Film Day is the brainchild of Reel Canada who through its Our Films in Our Schools program works with teachers and students to bring Canadian films into the classroom, and its Welcome to Canada program helps introduce Canadian film to new Canadians.

Now its signature annual event, this year’s National Canadian Film Day will see hundreds of screenings and events from British Columbia to Newfoundland.

In Vancouver, the Vancouver International Film Festival is encouraging us all to play hookey (hockey is over after all) in a day-long celebration of Canadian films that includes a free screening of Xavier Dolan’s film Mommy. Other films being screened include the documentary Being Canadian, the coming-of-age comedy Ben’s At Home, the oddball musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, the rural drama The Valley Below and Violent, winner of Best Canadian Film and Best BC film awards at VIFF in 2014. Find out more online at http://viff.org.

For more information on National Canadian Film Day or to find out what events or screenings might be taking place in your part of Canada visit http://canadianfilmday.ca.