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  • April 14, 2017

World’s Largest Film Festival Coming to Ottawa

Over 850 Free Screenings and Special Events Across the Province on April 19

Ontario is supporting REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150, which is expected to be the largest one-day film festival in the world. 

On April 19th, the film day will feature more than 1,700 free events and screenings of Canadian films across the country, with more than 850 taking place in Ontario communities.

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Across Ontario, the festival will feature:

  • more than 100 screenings in rural and remote parts of the province
  • 150 screenings of French-language feature-length and short films
  • 160 screenings of films made by Indigenous artists or featuring significant Indigenous themes
  • 85 events welcoming new Canadians
  • nearly 40 enhanced screenings at multiple locations featuring special guests like directors and actors

In addition, more than 220 elementary and secondary schools will be hosting screenings through Reel Canada’s RCtv and French-language webcast and 260 partner organizations are arranging screenings for youth.

Investing in local communities for Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 “Movies allow people to share their stories, create a common vision and get to know one another better. On April 19th, I encourage everyone to take part in the world’s largest film festival to mark National Canadian Film Day 150. It’s an opportunity to experience filmmaking that honours our heritage, our country and our people.”

— Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier

“Film is a lens through which we can view our past and create a vision for a bright and inclusive future – it is only fitting that we commemorate our 150th anniversary with an acknowledgment of our legacy in film. With over 850 free screenings and events across the province and content that will appeal to a broad and diverse audience, we will be reminded of the incredible filmmaking talent we have here in Canada and Ontario, which is something that we can all be proud of.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


§     In 2016, Ontario’s film and television industry celebrated another record-breaking year, contributing $1.7 billion to the province’s economy and supporting more than 35,500 jobs.

§     Ontario continues to be Canada’s leading jurisdiction for film and television production.

§     On the 100th anniversary of Confederation, the Oscar-winning film short, A Place to Stand, using ground breaking split screen technology, aired at the Ontario pavilion at Expo67. The updated unofficial Ontario anthem, A Place to Stand is available for free download at:

§     Ontario is the birthplace of Mary Pickford, one of the pioneers of not only the silent era but of the movie studio system.  Oscar winners like Norman Jewison and James Cameron were also born in Ontario.

§     Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration honouring Ontario's past, showcasing the present and inspiring future generations. Through the Ontario150 grant programs and a series of signature initiatives, Ontario is engaging youth, encouraging cultural expression, promoting participation in sport and recreation, and creating economic opportunities across the province., #Ontario150



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