After the madness of Black Friday and the virtual madness of Cyber Monday, I think we could all do with some rest – and penance. Today is Giving Tuesday, which means you’re encouraged to donate to your favourite not-for-profits. For Canadian film fans out there, one of your choices should (we think) include REEL CANADA!
Why? In case you’re not familiar with our programmes, REEL CANADA prides itself on being one of the world’s most important crusaders for Canadian cinema. By bringing Canadian films to students across the country, hosting screenings for newcomers to Canada and organizing the massive National Canadian Film Day campaign, REEL CANADA sets its sights even higher than the cost of running it. That’s pretty high. Please support here!
Just last week, hundreds of newcomers to Canada in the Toronto District School Board’s ESL programme assembled at the TIFF Bell Lightbox to catch screenings of THE SNOW WALKER, ONE WEEK and BREAKAWAY . While the three films capture entirely different aspects of Canada, each is a portrait that gives insight into the kinds of stories Canadians tell. The event was a huge success. New immigrants to Canada participated in a Q & A with Liane Balaban (actor, ONE WEEK), Annabella Piugattuk (actor, THE SNOW WALKER), and Vinay Virmani (co-writer/actor BREAKAWAY ). The questions were poignant, informed and interesting. Everyone left their respective screenings with huge smiles on their faces. Liane, Annabella and Vinay all shone– we’re very grateful for their support and participation. We like to think of them as national cinematic heroes.
And that’s only our Welcome to Canada programme! With Our Films in Our Schools, REEL CANADA works with interested high schools to set up one-day film festivals of Canadian cinema. In 2014, with over 600 successful screenings under our belts and tons of great responses from students, REEL CANADA realized that all Canadians — not just youth — were hungry for Canadian films.
Thus, National Canadian Film Day was born. This massive one-day festival unites Canadians across the country by supporting partners who want to screen their favourite Canadians movies. Last year alone, over 500 movies were screened. This year, we’re predicting many, many more. The one-day party has been a hit since year one, and with the 150th birthday of Canada just around the corner, you can bet we’ve got a lot of surprises in store.
Still, we absolutely need your help in getting all this done. If you love Canadian film, if you love Canada, or if you simply love to party, show your support by donating here!