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National Film Day Moves Off Screen

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National Film Day Moves Off Screen
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(April 8, 2020 – Toronto, ON/CNW) The seventh annual National Canadian Film Day scheduled for April 22nd will go on and will celebrate our cinematic culture by moving screenings and events online.

The centrepiece this year will be “CanFilmDay Live”: an interactive livestream broadcast from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST on YouTube and at canfilmday.ca. It will feature engaging, interactive activities, conversations with filmmakers and other industry professionals, short videos submitted by Canadians, “Happy NCFD” messages from around the world, and more.

Confirmed uests include Atom Egoyan, Colm Feore, Mina Shum, Philippe Falardeau, Vinay Virmani, Patricia Rozema, Emily Hampshire, Peter Keleghan, Mary Young Leckie and Don McKellar, with more to be confirmed as Film Day approaches.

“While there is a huge selection of pop-up home entertainment happening, we believe that Canadians are hungry for an opportunity to be part of something larger, and especially something Canadian. It’s a chance to come together and give each other a big virtual hug,” said Jack Blum, Executive Director of Reel Canada. “And we’ve been thrilled by the warm response our plans have received from filmmakers and community partners alike.”

There will be Canadian films on CBC, CBC Gem, Encore+, Netflix, Hollywood Suite, Crave, the NFB and the many others. Special programming will be made available to more than 150 retirement residences and long term care facilities, including video introductions from the filmmakers. Organizers hope these offerings will bring some comfort and much-needed cheer to Canada’s most vulnerable citizens, who are in isolation and away from their families and loved ones during the COVID-19 crisis.

There is more information online.

SOURCE: CNW/Reel Canada.