Special Events

Livestreams, Q&As, tributes, celebrity guests (and more).

Programming Highlights

A Tribute to Gordon Pinsent

CanFilmDay honours the passing of screen legend Gordon Pinsent with online offerings and screenings across the country featuring Colm Feore, Mary Walsh, and Peter O’Brian

A Tribute to Jeff Barnaby

To honour the life and work of visionary Mi’kmaw filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, nationwide screenings of his work will take place in seven provinces and online nationwide, in a tribute supported by Netflix.

PEN Canada Presents Midnight’s Children with Deepa Mehta

Directing icon Deepa Mehta will present her adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s celebrated novel, in partnership with PEN Canada.

Chien Blanc on Screens Across Quebec

Screenings of Chien Blanc with a pre-recorded interview with director Anaïs Barbeau Lavalette will be screened in independent cinemas in ten communities across Quebec in partnership with Médiafilm.


Celebrate CanFilmDay on the BIG SCREEN!

Vancouver International Film Festival

As part of their Home Truths programme, the Vancouver International Film Festival is presenting two exciting screenings for National Canadian Film Day.

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All times are local to the event.

Check back regularly as new events are being updated every day.

A Tribute to Gordon Pinsent: Away From Her

April 19, 2023

National Canadian Film Day’s Jack Blum will lead the audience of primarily new Canadians and adult ESL students in a thoughtful discussion before and after the film. 

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A Tribute to Gordon Pinsent: John and the Missus

April 19, 2023

A screening of Canadian legend Gordon Pinsent’s masterwork, followed by fond remembrances from comedy icon Mary Walsh, and her fellow Governor General Award Winner Colm Feore, live and in person.

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Blood Quantum Online: A Tribute to Jeff Barnaby

April 19, 2023

To honour the recent passing of visionary Mi’kmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, we are screening his groundbreaking horror film Blood Quantum, followed by an in-person Q&A with the film’s star Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi).

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Breakaway Reunion Screening

April 19, 2023

Featuring Vinay Virmani and other members of the cast and crew, this special reunion screening of the hockey comedy Breakaway is presented in partnership with Ontario Creates, TIFF, and Uninterrupted Canada.

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Gordon Pinsent Tribute Marathon

April 19, 2023

A full-day marathon of screenings in honour of screen legend Gordon Pinsent, including a live tribute with Colm Feore and Mary Walsh.

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