2019 Spotlight Films

Celebrating 100 Years of Snow and Sass

The sixth annual National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) marks an important milestone: the centennial of Canada’s first genuine blockbuster — and oldest surviving feature film — Nell Shipman’s Back to God’s Country, a sassy, snowy adventure that remains Canada’s most successful silent film.

B.C.-born Shipman is the powerhouse writer/producer behind the film, and her independent spirit epitomizes the best of the Canadian film industry: a thriving industry that produces outstanding, internationally recognized work that reflects our distinct cultural identity, in spite of our proximity to Hollywood.

This year’s Spotlight Films look back on a century of Canadian cinema, offering our screening partners 100 films that are equally chock-full of snow and sass!