2024 Highlights

1740 Events Worldwide

1740 screenings – 81 special guests – 35 countries – zero films made by A.I.

The 2024 edition of National Canadian Film Day was a huge success thanks to the participation of hundreds of screening partners and thousands of audience members around the world!

Click on the map below to explore where it all happened.

Telling Canadian Stories through Film: A Sneak Preview of National Canadian Film Day

On March 18, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada and viceregal patron of REEL CANADA, invited us to Rideau Hall to present special screenings for two audiences of new Canadians, featuring the films Peace by Chocolate and Ru.

THOUSANDS OF audience members

Thousands of people came out to 1740 events around the world. From libraries to schools to retirement residences, legions, cinemas, libraries, film festivals, community centres, schools, friendship centres, art galleries, military bases, and anywhere you could screen a film!

“By supporting the breadth of Canadian cinema…National Canadian Film Day reflects the diversity of the art form and its audiences across our country. An indispensable annual showcase of homegrown talent.”

Cinematheque Vancouver

millionS TUNED IN ON broadcast and streaming!

Today is the day to celebrate Canadian cinema!

ANNEMARIE CUTRUZZOLA, She Does the City

Twelve broadcasters and 25 streaming services featured Canadian films on the day so you could join the fun of CanFilmDay from the comfort of your home.

112 special guests around the world

If Canada didn’t have such incredible talent, we wouldn’t have all these wonderful films. Thanks to the 112 people who came out to enhance events all over the world.

Sarah-Tai Black of the Regent Park Film Festival moderates A Tribute to Charles Officer, with Motion, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast and Jake Yanowski

I think it’s imperative to occasionally remind us of how fortunate we are as a nation. REEL CANADA has done this consistently for years.

DEEPA MEHTA, FILMMAKER

community events

Communities large and small came together to celebrate CanFilmDay – all in a big way! Some involved local Indigenous groups, some enjoyed tasty treats, but everyone got creative to celebrate Canadian film.

CanFilmDay is such a wonderful event full of celebration of what Canadians can achieve.

Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence, Kitchener, ON

(inter)national canadian film day

A wide variety of partners, participating from 35 different countries, joined us to celebrate CanFilmDay with 63 screenings of 25 Canadian films, taking place on every single continent (well…except Antarctica).

This year again, our Latin American partners joined us to celebrate CanFilmDay and represented nearly half of all our international screenings, with 28 screenings across the region.

[We] chose this film to promote Canadian cinema and to advance one of the mission’s key priorities: women’s rights and the fight against sexual and gender-based violence. The goal was achieved!

 Embassy of Canada to algeria

RCtv livestream

Our annual RCtv livestream connected 12,827 high school students across Canada to discuss the film Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair.

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki) participated in a moving and insightful Q&A session, hosted by Kelly Boutsalis (Mohawk) in front of a live audience.

all the moving pieces

CanFilmDay is a massive, worldwide event that can be hard to wrap your head around. Zoom into the image above for a visual guide to just how many people and organizations it takes to make this day such a success.

2024 Spotlight

films that a.i. could never make

For our 10th anniversary we wanted to throw a really big party. And for refreshments? A buffet, of course. A giant, mouth-watering All You Can Watch Buffet of Canadian film. One hundred titles representing a broad and diverse cross-section of Canadian films, with ten enticing categories, each featuring ten delectable films. Click below to see the full list.

This years theme “Films A.I. Couldn’t Make” highlighted a humanity that resonated with our audience.

Community Resource Centre, Killaloe, ON

There’s much more to explore this year, you can find much more information in the full report coming soon – and we’ll see you again on Wednesday, April 16, 2025!

Previously on CanFilmDay

We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2023!

Look what we did in 2022!

Finally, we want to give a shout-out to our loyal partners who have supported us . Sincere appreciation and gratitude to The Government of Canada, Cineplex, Telefilm, Branded Cities, Landmark Cinemas, Extreme Reach, Deluxe Media Entertainment and The RBC Foundation.

There is absolutely no way we could have done it without you!