Family-Friendly Programming – 2020

We’ve designed special family-friendly programming for NCFD to make sure that everyone — including young students who are learning remotely, and families at home with kids — can take part in this annual celebration of Canadian film!

We’ve put together a package of activities designed for kids and families to do at home, to help celebrate NCFD along with the rest of the country. Since they are based on in-school lesson plans by REEL CANADA, they are both educational and fun!

Print off a few pages from our colouring book of scenes from great Canadian films, and share your artwork with us on Instagram and Twitter: @CanFilmDay. The best ones might be featured on our family livestream! 

CanFilmDay Kids:
Livestream activities for kids and families 

Tune in to our Facebook Live for a day of family-friendly programming, suitable for ages 4 to 11. Every hour on the hour, we’ll host a 10-15 minute activity for kids (which you can watch any time afterwards as well). Each activity will be tied to Canadian Film and will be both fun and educational!

11:00 AM EDT – Oh Canada! Geography Activity

Watch an animated version of our national anthem and hear our family programming host Mehdi Cayenne talk about Canadian geography and symbols. Then send us photos of “your Canadian landscape” (the view from your window) and “your Canadian symbols” (the things that mean “Canada” or “home” to you). We’ll share them on our FB page! 

12:00 PM EDT – Story Time: The Log Driver’s Waltz with Jennifer Phelan 

Author Jennifer Phelan will read the Canadian classic, The Log Driver’s Waltz, which she illustrated. After the story, stay with us to watch the NFB’s classic animated short film version, in which Kate and Anna McGarrigle lend their voices to the iconic song. 

1:00 PM EDT – Arts and Crafts: Mask Making Time

Our host Mehdi will teach you how to make and decorate moose and beaver face masks out of everyday items you have at home! Send us your photos and we will feature them on our social media channels. The best ones might even make an appearance on our evening livestream, CanFilmDay Live. 

2:00 PM EDT – Earth Day Special, featuring Canadian Short Films

Watch a curated programme of Earth Day-themed shorts appropriate for all ages, then stay for a discussion about how to acknowledge and celebrate Earth Day while you are social distancing. 

3:00 PM EDT – Bilingual Singalong! The Cat Came Back

Our family programming host Mehdi Cayenne will lead the nation in a bilingual singalong of the classic earworm, The Cat Came Back / Le chat colla. Stick around to watch the Oscar-nominated NFB animated film version too!

4:00 PM EDT – Special Bonus! Interview with the director of La course des tuques, Benoît Godbout followed by an interview with La guerre des tuques composer Éloi Painchaud

We wrap up the day with 2 special live interviews in French! First we chat with Benoît Godbout, director of the animated hit La course des tuques (Racetime!). Then, we will have an interview with Éloi Painchaud, co-composer (with his wife Jorane) of the hit animated film La guerre des tuques (Snowtime!) Both interviews will be entirely in French, and if you want your question answered, tweet it using #CanFilmDay, email it to us at or comment live on the Facebook video!

Watch a Canadian Film  

We’ve curated a special list of films for younger viewers that are available through a variety of free and subscription streaming services on NCFD. Which one will you watch?