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Our Films in Our Schools

Our Films in Our Schools is REEL CANADA’s founding programme. If you’re a teacher, we can help you show a Canadian film to your students or bring Canadian film into your classroom as a teaching tool.

We do this through various types of screening events and festivals, which are described in more detail below, and have been adapted for digital or remote delivery, no matter what type of socially-distanced learning scenario you are working with.

This programme is targeted toward high schools, with a smaller number of options at the elementary and middle school level as well. Our school programmes are available in English and French, to Anglophone and Francophone communities as well as French-as-a-second-language classes and English-language learners through our Welcome to Canada programme. 


Whether you want to borrow a film to show to your class or would like to plan a film festival that brings your whole school together for a day of movies, we can help. These screenings can take place at any time during the school year, and you can show films from our curated catalogue on any subject or theme of your choosing, in English or French – or both! We offer lesson plans, games, and other resources to enhance the experience. This offering is primarily designed for high schools, though a smaller selection of films is also available for younger grades. Find out more about what a screening event can look like by visiting our Screen A Film page.



For educators interested in bringing Indigenous-made content into the classroom, we offer a selection of films by filmmakers from diverse nations across Canada. These films reflect Indigenous experiences and provide an opportunity for dialogue, cross-cultural exchange and the promotion of greater understanding. They are also outstanding works of cinema! These films can be shown either individually or alongside other Canadian or Indigenous-made films. For a selection of feature films, documentaries and shorts, please browse the titles on our Indigenous Film Programme page.

RCtv Livestreams


Every year on National Canadian Film Day, and on various dates throughout the school year, thousands of high school students across the country participate in our innovative and interactive livestreams. Schools watch a great Canadian film, then log in to join a live discussion with stars and filmmakers. Students can ask and answer questions, compete for prizes and engage in lots of other online activities. From a single class to a whole school, everyone can take part in RCtv. It’s a great way to engage your students in film-based learning – to find out how you can join, visit the RCtv Livestreams page.


The Reel Opportunities programme, presented by REEL CANADA and Bell Media, offers online workshops that expose young people to the hundreds of career opportunities in the Canadian film industry. One-hour workshops involve an overview of career paths in Canadian film and feature a working film industry professional speaking about their own experiences in a specific area of interest. We also provide lots of online resources for young people to learn independently about the various career areas in this exciting industry.

Lesson Plans

REEL CANADA has over 500 individual lesson plans in a variety of subject areas to go with all the feature-length films in all our programmes – for high schools (English and French), ESL / ELL, elementary schools, our Indigenous Film Programme and more. Our 13-lesson Canadian Film Unit is not film-specific, and the exercises in it can be paired with any film. It’s great for English or media classes in grades 9 through 12. We also offer teacher resource kits for each film we offer, which include synopses, filmmaker bios, fun facts and more.

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