Making Canadian Film Happen… Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

April 15, 2017

National Film Board of Canada and National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150)

We have a lot of fantastic partners here at REEL CANADA who have been with us through the years in our mission to take Canadian film across the country. One of those who has been on board since the beginning is the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Of course, they’re also a key player in the plans to make National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150)—the world’s biggest film festival. Ever.

Created in 1939, the NFB has been a pioneer in the development of the Canadian film industry, and its films have won hundreds of awards internationally. NFB will be providing some of their most beloved classics and engaging new films for screenings all over not just Canada but around the globe as well! Here are just a few of the exciting events we have planned with NFB:

Thanks to NFB and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, 20 museums, cultural centres, cafes, and similar venues across Taiwan will be programming a compilation of short films. Interestingly, all of the films chosen for this programme are without spoken dialogue, using images rather than words to tell stories. Films like DANCERS OF THE GRASS and ABORIGINALITY are animated depictions of Indigenous dance, making them and the other titles in this series accessible for viewers of any language—film really is universal!

The documentary ANGRY INUK took home the audience award at last year’s Hot Docs Festival, and NFB is bringing it around the world for NCFD 150. This documentary about the effects of animal rights campaigns on the seal hunting industry and the traditional Inuit way of life will screen in Toronto, Regina, Sault Ste. Marie, Jasper, Iqaluit, St. John’s, and many other Canadian communities as well as internationally in London, Copenhagen, and Turku, Finland. A screening in Calgary will even feature a live Q&A with the director, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril!

NFB and Telus Storyhive are partnering in Vancouver to present a pair of innovative pop-up installations at Vancouver Public Library and in the Tin Can Studio at Jack Pool Plaza. Here, guests can enter a space uninterrupted by the world around them, where they can take a break and take in one of a curated selection of short films and music videos. These titles include NFB classics like THE LOG DRIVER’S WALTZ and NEIGHBOURS and works from local independent filmmakers thanks to Storyhive.

NFB will host a great day of film events at their Vancouver offices starting at 9:30 AM and continuing throughout the day. BC short films will be screened in the Atrium including ASSEMBLY, UNINTERRUPTED and BUTTON BLANKET, in addition to other Canadian classics like THE SWEATER and THE CAT CAME BACK. Additional short films MABEL, THE DANISH POET and DEBRIS will run on a 50 minute loop in the Screening Room until the afternoon. From 10 – 12, NFB Digital Studio will hold an open house to engage the public and answer questions about emerging technologies. There will be an interactive demonstration of the 360° camera, as well as a Virtual Reality (VR) film demo featuring CUT OFF (a co-production with VICE), WAY TO GO, CARDBOARD CRASH and CARDBOARD BEAR VR.   

If you can’t make out to a screening, you’re still in luck! NFB is offering a selection of films to stream free of charge from their website. Take in RED PATH, the story of a young Aboriginal man on a journey to connect with his roots, or take a road trip actor Eric Peterson (CORNER GAS) in CANADIAN FAMOUS, among others! You can also rent the films SETH’S DOMINION and GUN RUNNERS for $.99 until April 21.

NFB has been the most important organisation in Canadian film history, and we are thrilled to have them participating in NCFD 150 in such a big way!

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