National Canadian Film Day: free movies for NICE members!

National Canadian Film Day logo graphic on a big screen at a drive-in cinema

The Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors (NICE) is delighted to partner with REEL CANADA for this year’s National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on Wednesday, April 20.

NICE members can take advantage of a special free offer of Canadian films: recent hits Night Raiders and Beans, and the film classic C.R.A.Z.Y. in tribute to the director Jean-Marc Vallée.

NICE is dedicated to building local audiences for Canadian cinema, which makes this a perfect partnership and opportunity to celebrate!

Independent Cinemas Programme

Reel Canada has curated three special—and FREE—offerings specifically for NICE members:

Night Raiders (2021)
Recently named to TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten 2021 and a nominee for Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association, Night Raiders had the widest-ever theatrical opening for an Indigenous film in Canada.

Beans (2020)
Based on true events, Beans is set against the Oka crisis of 1990, and was selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten of 2020. It won the 2021 Canadian Screen Award for Best Canadian Film.

C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
The breakthrough film for Oscar-nominated filmmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of Dallas Buyer’s Club, Wild and HBO’s Big Little Lies. C.R.A.Z.Y. has recently been restored with an all-new version available to screen for NCFD.

NCFD will procure the films and cover any screening fees in order to provide you with free screenings of these exciting Canadian films (pending successful negotiations with the rights holders). NCFD also creates a package of pre-recorded materials to enhance your screening, which could include introductions and/or Q&As.

What is NCFD?

National Canadian Film Day is a nationwide celebration of great Canadian film, presented by REEL CANADA. Now in its ninth year, NCFD features screenings of Canadian films in hundreds of communities across the country, and around the world.

More than 1,000 community screenings take place annually at film festivals, embassies, seniors residences, cinemas and anywhere you can project a film.

In 2019, these screenings attracted an estimated 60,000 Canadians, while with the help of our many broadcast partners, more than 2,000,000 Canadians watched a great Canadian film in their homes.

Join NICE

All Canadian film exhibitors, including film festivals, film clubs and professional film programmers, are invited to join NICE!

NICE film exhibitors are community oriented; we provide a meeting space for audiences and present high quality Canadian and international films.

We facilitate information-sharing and advocacy through monthly meetings and an online forum. And yes—it’s totally free.

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