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National Canadian Film Day Returns April 20th

On March 10, REEL CANADA announced that National Canadian Film Day (NCFD), the one-day, coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian film, will return for a third year on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Presented with Cineplex Entertainment and CBC, NCFD is intended as a day for all Canadians to celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film. This year, NCFD will hold more than 250 public and private events across the country, and increase access to Canadian film across all major platforms – in-theatre, broadcast and online – in celebration of Canada’s 149th birthday.

REEL CANADA's website includes a wide range of events in BC, with titles including Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (My Internship in Canada), Score: A Hockey Musical, Fido, Eadweard and much more.

Many screenings are free of charge, while some are ticketed.

(Briana Rayner in Bruised)

One of the extraordinary screenings is a showcase of "Canadian genre films rooted in horror with a sexy and darkly humorous edge." This event at the UBC's Norm Theatre is presented by Cinemafantastique with Shivers Film Society and Women in Film + Television Vancouver.

The free two-hour program features 13 genre shorts including the recent ultra-scary Matrix Award-winner Bruised by Jennifer Campbell, Oh Negative by horror-icon Gigi Saul Guerrero and Don't Look Down by Dionne Copland, exec director of genre film producer Creepy Six Films.

"We always bring a genre angle to out NCFD events, and this years is no different," says Shivers co-founder and genre director/producer Vince D'Amato. "We have selected an interactive panel leaning heavily on women filmmakers and performers in the horror genre. It should be a really exciting night, with special guests including Gigi Saul Guerrero from Vancouver's Luchagore Productions, puls filmmakers and genre actors (and local celebs) Tristan Risk, Carolyn Williams, Ariel Hansen, and Dionne Copland from Shivers Film Society."

NCFD is one of three programs that REEL CANADA, a non-profit organization that celebrates Canada through film, organizes throughout the year.

By Katja De Bock
Bruised courtesy of Women in Film + Television Vancouver

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