National Canadian Film Day (CanFilmDay) is back for another incredible year on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, and you’re invited to participate by showing a great Canadian film!

As part of our partnership with the Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors (NICE), we are delighted to offer exclusive programming to member theatres, including a sneak preview of an exciting new film, some great Canadian classics, and a few other titles we think you’ll love. Explore the full list below.

For any of these films, we will help you secure a copy and cover any screening fees, in order to allow you to hold a free screening. Some of them will also come with pre-recorded introductions or Q&As to enhance your screening. And of course, we’ll also provide materials to help promote your event.

We know that many NICE members already participate in CanFilmDay in partnership with other local organizations. We love this! You might also have your own programming ideas, and that’s great too. If there’s something else you’re interested in showing outside of this list, you can reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll see what we can do. However you choose to participate in CanFilmDay, we’d love to work with you! 

The deadline to register and confirm your programming is Friday, March 15.

For questions or more information, please reach out to [email protected] or 1-888-508-0881 x 200. 

canfilmday special preview:

I Used To Be Funny

A dark dramedy that follows Sam (Rachel Sennott), an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD, as she decides whether or not to join the search for Brooke (Olga Petsa), a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. Screen this film as your CanFilmDay celebration before it hits theatres in June.

NOTE: Because this is a pre-release screening arranged with the distributor (levelFILM), for this film only, charging for tickets and making usual box office payments are permitted. Please contact levelFILM for rate details. You can still host a free screening as usual, for which REEL CANADA would cover the screening fee.

Autumn and the Black Jaguar

A young girl who befriended the last remaining black jaguar in the world goes on an incredible journey to fight the poachers who have depleted the jaguar population, and to prevent the extinction of the species. Don’t miss this special opportunity to programme this enchanting new family-friendly film!


An exciting sci-fi thriller about the designer who creates a virtual reality game that truly taps into players’ minds. This Cronenberg classic starring Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Double Happiness

Double Happiness follows Jade (Sandra Oh) a woman in her early 20s trying to find a balance between the wishes of her strict Chinese parents, her burgeoning acting career and the prospects of a new romance. This feature film debut (and breakout role) for Sandra Oh is celebrating its 30th anniversary!

Simple Comme Sylvain (The Nature of Love)

This newest comedy from director Monia Chokri follows a university professor who is bored with her comfortable marriage, and finds herself drawn to the handsome contractor who’s renovating her summer home. Their budding relationship opens up the question of what happens when romance and class divisions intertwine.


In this witty satire, an archivist who feels disconnected from contemporary culture wars decides to intervene in the protest surrounding a mural in his retirement home. This newest comedy from legendary director Denys Arcand is a crowd-pleasing romp.

The deadline to register and confirm your programming is Friday, March 15

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