Free screenings abound in Vancouver on National Canadian Film Day

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      On Wednesday (April 18), it's National Canadian Film Day, a celebration of Canadian cinema and appreciation for seeing our own stories on our own screens.

      Special events will be taking place across the country and Vancouver is no exception. And best of all for everyone, whether you're on a budget or not: all public events are free.

      Last week, we mentioned three events taking place tomorrow (at the Cinematheque, Vancity Theatre, and the National Film Board at SFU Woodward's). However, there are a total of 22 events taking place all over the Lower Mainland.

      Elementary and high schools, the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Pleasant Branch, Revera-Lakeview Care Centre, the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens Association, InFocus Film School, and more have all gotten into the act by presenting screenings at both public and private events.

      Film selections include The Grand Seduction, The F Word, Maudie, Men With Brooms, Meditation Park, Double Happiness, and The Breadwinner—and some events include special guest appearances by local filmmakers like Mina Shum.

      Men With Brooms

      Meanwhile, the UBC Theatre and Film presenting a compilation of short films at 7 p.m. at 6354 Crescent Road (UBC).

      Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is holding a talk and screenings of short films by Anaïsa Visser, who won the 2017 Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Media Artist. It's at 7 p.m. at 1131 Howe Street.

      Unfortunately, the screening of Ashley Duong's A Time to Swim at 7 p.m. at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut Street) is sold out. It's a copresentation by the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Heritage Society, the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society, and several other organizations but if there's demand, perhaps they'll consider another encore screening in the future.

      For full details on NCFD screenings, visit the NCFD website.

      The Breadwinner

      A day afterward at 6:30 p.m. on April 19, the Rio Theatre will toast NCFD with the Vancouver premiere of the Salt Spring Island–shot feature film Delinquent by David Strasser. The film follows a rebellious teenager who is sentenced to serve time on his uncle's organic farm alongside other misfit interns.

      Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Full details are available at the Rio Theatre website.

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