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Academy Launches Free Canadian Films


(March 3, 2013 – Toronto, ON) For the first time, audiences across Canada can see some of this year’s Best Picture Nominees as part of the new Canadian Screen Awards Coast to Coast Screening Series produced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Five Best Picture nominated films will screen in five cities on March 10 at 7pm local time.

Canadians are welcome to the screenings graciously hosted at Cineplex theatres with the support of each film’s distributor. The screenings are free but donations will be accepted at each of the locations with proceeds going to a local charity in each city: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and St. John’s.

“Bringing Best Picture Nominees to movie lovers across the country allows all Canadians to follow the pulse of this year’s top contenders on the lead-up to the CSAs,” said Karen Bruce, Academy Director, Membership.

To be able to see the free films you will have to sign-up with the Academy, but that’s a good thing. There’s a link at the end of this article. Here are the films that will be screening for free thanks to the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television:

Thursday March 10 | 7pm PST
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
88 West Pender, 3rd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9
French with English Subtitles

In this comedy, Guibord, an independent Member of Parliament who represents a vast county in Northern Quebec, finds himself in the awkward position of holding the deciding vote on whether or not Canada goes to war. With his wife, daughter and an idealistic Haitian intern, Guibord travels through his riding to consult his constituents. Distributed by Entertainment One Films.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm MST
Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas
91 Crowfoot Terrace North West
Calgary, AB T3G 2L5
French with English Subtitles

Felix is an eccentric and penniless French Canadian whose wealthy father is dying. Meira is a Hasidic wife and mother looking for something new. They were not meant to meet, let alone fall in love. Miraculously, they attempt to love each other despite all that separates them. Distributed by FunFilm Distribution.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm CST
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
817 St. James Street
Winnipeg, MB R3G 3L3

When Zev discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity, he sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences. Distributed by Entertainment One Films.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm EST
Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal
977 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal, QC H3B 4W3

A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love. Distributed by Mongrel Media.

Thursday, March 10 | 7pm NST
Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl
760 Topsail Road
St. John’s, NL A1N 3J5

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison. Distributed by Elevation Pictures.

To learn more about the Canadian Screen Awards Coast to Coast Screening Series and to sign-up online click here.