This National Film Day, celebrate Canadian film and talent on YouTube

Editor’s note: Today’s post is guest co-authored by Jack Blum, Executive Director of REEL CANADA and Sharon Corder, Artistic Director of REEL CANADA 

This National Canadian Film Day, we’re celebrating the rich history of Canadian cinematic culture with an interactive broadcast livestream on YouTube.

On April 22, from 6-10 PM ET, visit our YouTube channel to hear from and engage with popular Canadian filmmakers and industry professionals. We’ll be joined by talented performers like Sandra Oh, Jay Baruchel, Megan Follows, Colm Feore and Don McKellar, Oscar-nominated directors like Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, and Philippe Falardeau, and even a celebrated American who has appeared in more than one fine Canadian movie, Ethan Hawke.

As our industry faces a historically unprecedented shutdown, it’s more important than ever to celebrate great Canadian stories, and the hundreds of thousands of talented artists and craftspeople who make them. Our stories keep us company. They reflect our shared values, our magnificent diversity, and our precious freedoms.

Tune in to a curated ‘Stay Home and Watch ?? #WithMe’ playlist on YouTube Canada’s channel featuring homegrown classics, including cult favourite Strange Brew, dark crime comedy Bon Cop/Bad Cop and more. Encore+ is also serving up some iconic films in both English and French.

Film is an incredibly powerful medium that has the power to capture the soul of our nation -- we’re so happy we can bring Canadians together on YouTube to watch the very best of Canadian cinema.

Whether you’re planning to join one of our national virtual watch parties, organize your own, or just watch a movie at home, you can learn more about how to celebrate #CanFilmDay on our website.

This National Canadian Film Day, let our stories keep you company.