On April 19, 2017, Canadians will be packing into schools, theatres, libraries, and other venues to take in some of the best of Canadian cinema.
There will be more than 1,700 free screening events across the country of Canadian films of all genres as part of National Canadian Film Day 150. The event is taking place in conjunction with the Canada 150 year-long celebration. The event’s organizers are billing it as the world’s largest film festival ever.
Canada has a strong and growing presence and a notable history in film that will be showcased in both official languages. One prominent young actress in the Canadian film scene is Sophie Nélisse, star of 2011’s The Book Thief and 2016’s Mean Dreams among others.
Nélisse is the French spokesperson for National Canadian Film Day 150 and got her start in the industry starring in multiple French Canadian films and movies.
“I think it is an awesome event and I think it is really helpful to promote all the talent we have here in Canada,”she said.
Nélisse said she was excited about the impact the day could have for film in Canada.
“We are having this day, which is a pretty awesome day, because we get to promote Canadian film all over Canada and even all over the world,” she said.
“We have a bunch of little activities organized all over Canada to promote Canadian film. [For instance] some libraries will be showing Canadian films where people will get to talk to the actors that played in those movies, while a lot of TV channels will be showing Canadian films.”
In Winnipeg, there will be a total of 44 free films being shown from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at various locations across the city and province. Featured films will include recent releases such as The Trotsky, Goon, Hyena Road, and Corner Gas: The Movie, as well as classic Canadian films such as Anne of Green Gables. French films such as La guerre des tuques and La grenouille et la baleine will also be featured.
For more information and local event listings visit https://canadianfilmday.ca/