Frequently Asked Questions

What is your Hashtag?

We use #CanFilmDay or #JourCineCan in French. Please post, like, and share, and help spread the word. We are @CanFilmday on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok.

Where can I watch a Canadian film on NCFD?

Keep checking our website for updates about events happening in your area, as well as what you can watch through our many broadcast and streaming partners. There will be hundreds of Canadian films available that day – now you just have to choose!

Is NCFD online or in person?

Both! We have hundreds of in-person events happening this year, but we also have lots of great online offerings. So wherever you are, and whatever you’re comfortable with, you can still participate.

What are the COVID-19 protocols at your in-person events?

All in-person events are planned in collaboration with local partners. Each event will have its own specific protocols and guidelines as determined by the partner host, and in accordance with local government regulations. If you have questions about a specific event, please contact the screening partner host directly.

I’m having trouble with the NCFD streaming platform. What do I do?

Please refer to our trouble-shooting guide for our #CanFilmDay Streaming Platform.

Hosting a Screening Event:

I want to host a screening but don’t know how to get started. Do I need a venue? How do I choose a film? What’s the first step?

If you are new to NCFD, the first step is to fill out our new partner registration form, which will be ready in late 2022. In this form, you can let us know if you’d like one of our Outreach Coordinators to contact you to help plan your event. If you have questions about the registration process you can also write to us at ncfd@reelcanada.ca.

How do I choose a film? Can you help me get a copy of it?

Our 2023 Spotlight will be announced in early 2023, and will include a curated list of films to choose from. Securing the rights to screen the films on our shortlist is something we can pretty well guarantee. But if you would like to choose a film that is not on our curated shortlist, we will do our best to help you secure the title you want – we just can’t make any guarantees.

We’re always happy to speak with you about your event and make programming recommendations we think will work for your audience. Just get in touch.

Do I have to choose a film from the curated shortlist?

Securing the rights to screen the films on our shortlist is something we can guarantee. However, DVD copies are limited, so please register early to ensure that you will be able to receive your first choice. If you would like to choose a film that is not on our curated shortlist, we will do our best to help you secure the title you want. We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to find any and every Canadian film that exists out there, but we’ll work with you to make sure you find something your audience will love. Feel free to talk to us about your programming needs, ideas and options — we’re here to help.

We encourage you to explore the films on our shortlist (that will be available early 2023), and then let us know which films you’re interested in when you fill out your registration form. If you’d like help from our team to select a film that will work for your community, you can also let us know that in your registration form. (The registration form will be ready late 2022.)

What kind of support do you offer to your screening partners?

We encourage all our partners to host FREE screenings so that all Canadians have access to a great Canadian film on NCFD. If you do choose to host a FREE screening of a film (especially if you select the title from our curated shortlist), then we can likely help you cover various costs, including:

  • The rights to screen the film(s)
  • A copy of the film(s)
  • A digital copy of the NCFD “pre-show” that all our partners are encouraged to show before their film(s)
  • A “digital party kit” of online resources and marketing materials to help you promote your event.
  • Listing your event on the NCFD website.
  • A “get social” package to help you promote your event online and on social media.
  • Support from our team of coordinators who will talk you through the process of planning your event, and cheer you on!

To find out what else we’re able to help with, get in touch.

Who can host an event?

Our screening partners include all types of organizations, including libraries, community centres, museums, legion halls, military bases, embassies, schools, retirement homes, museums, cinemas, film festivals and more. 

If you are interested in hosting a screening, just get in touch and we will talk you through it. And remember, you can also watch a movie from the comfort of your own couch! You can do a watch party online, or invite some friends over and enjoy a Canadian film on TV or streaming over a bowl of popcorn.

Do you have any programmes for schools?

Yes! We have content suited for every grade, class and department, with offerings in both English and French. 

For high schools, the best way to celebrate is through RCtv, our nationwide livestream. The 2023 edition will explore contemporary issues, stories, and perspectives around diversity, inclusion, and/or Reconciliation. It will include a film, an interactive discussion with the filmmakers, and with thousands of students across the country. More information and a link to register will be available on the REEL CANADA website closer to NCFD.

If you choose not to participate in RCtv, High schools can also borrow any of the films in our educational catalogue

For K-8 teachers, we have lots of great family-friendly films available, specially-curated programmes of short films curated for specific themes. Plus, you can borrow any of the feature films from our educational catalogue. Lastly, we have films specific for adult ESL classes, including a special online screening followed by a Q&A with a member of the cast and crew. (More information will be released closer to NCFD.)

How do I sign up for NCFD?

You’ve come to the right place!  If you are new to NCFD, you can fill out our new partner registration form, that will be available late 2022. If you have participated in NCFD before, please write to ncfd@reelcanada.ca to request your personalized returning partner registration form.

What if we want to charge for a ticketed event?

We strongly encourage all events to be FREE, and are only able to cover the distribution costs for free events. If you are hosting a fundraiser or special event, we can talk you through some of the logistics of running a ticketed event. Get in touch and we can discuss all the options.

What if I want to show a TV show? Is that OK?

NCFD is about movies! We want all Canadians to celebrate the diversity and quality of Canadian films, so we encourage our partners to show films wherever possible. There’s an enormous wealth of feature films and short films from this country and we’d be happy to help you find ones that you are excited to show.

BUT if there’s a great Canadian television show you’d like to share with your community, we would never discourage that!

Will you help me promote my screening as well?

We want to help all our partners find their audiences. There are various ways we can help, depending on the size, scope, location and film selections for your event. Our website will list all the screenings across every province and territory, and our team would be happy to talk with you about ways that you can plug into our existing social media promotions in order to boost your own event. We will also provide printable PDFs of posters that you can put up at the venue, and offer suggestions for promoting your event through local media (radio, newspapers, etc).

If you would like to speak to someone about promotional ideas for your event, email our team to get the conversation started.