National Canadian Film Day will have Vancouver awash in numerous opportunities to see Canadian films, some of which may be otherwise difficult to have the opportunity view.
While we listed a number of screenings in our latest print edition, here are a few more to take note of.
All events are free and will be held on April 19, unless otherwise noted. For full details and even more screenings, visit the NCFD website.
Downtown pop-up screenings
The National Film Board of Canada is teaming up with Reel Canada and Telus Storyhive to present a variety of short films—on iPads.
They'll be held at Jack Poole Plaza (1055 Canada Place) and the Vancouver Public Library central branch's concourse (350 West Georgia Street), starting at 9:30 a.m.
Among the selections are some famous animated shorts like Josh Weldon's musical "The Log Driver's Waltz", Sheldon Cohen's hockey-themed "The Sweater", Norman McLaren's stop-motion "Neighbours", and Richard Condie's comedic "The Big Snit", about a domestic dispute amid the onset of nuclear war.
Also in the mix is Vancouver filmmaker John Bolton's "Debris", a short documentary about how Vancouver Island artist Pete Clarkson transformed debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan into a public-sculpture memorial.
There'll also be a selection of films from Telus' Storyhive.
Jewish Canadian stories
The Vancouver Jewish Film Centre will present screenings of two films at Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard Street).
First up at 6:30 p.m. is Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis' 2010 adaptation of Mordecai Richler's novel about the life of the politically incorrect and impulsive Barney Panofsky.
It'll be followed at 9:15 p.m. by Bruce McDonald's Weirdos, a coming-of-age tale about the sexually questioning Kit and his platonic girlfriend Alice who seek to leave smalltown Nova Scotia in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association will present Larry Weinstein's documentary Inside Hana's Suitcase at 7 p.m. at Tonari Gumi (101–42 West 8th Avenue). The film follows a Japanese educator at a Holocaust museum who becomes inspired to investigate the background of a suitcase belonging to Hana Brady. She uncovers the story of Hana and her brother George, who both faced hardships in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War.
Films en français
Visions Ouest Productions will present a collection of NFB French-language shorts at Jules Verne Auditorium (5445 Baillie Street) at 7:30 p.m. Selections will include "La dernière clé" by Vancouver filmmaker Julien Capraro and "Rien sur les mocassins" ("Nothing About Mocassins").
It'll be followed by the 1955 short documentary "Les Canadiens français dans l'Ouest".
Meanwhile, Alliance Francaise de Vancouver will host a screening of Jason Buxton's Blackbird at 7 p.m. at 6161 Cambie Street. Filmmaker Jason Buxton made his feature film debut with this drama about a bullied teenage outcast who is falsely accused of planning a mass murder at school.
Pride on ice
This wouldn't be Canada if there weren't a film about LGBT people and hockey, now would it?
In the domestic sports comedy Breakfast With Scot, Tom Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman star as a same-sex couple who work as sport-industry professionals but have to confront their own internalized homophobia when they become the guardians of a flamboyant boy with a penchant for makeup and boas.
It screens at the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (990 West 59th Avenue).
This is the only screening on this list that will be on April 18 (at 3:30 p.m.).
National Canadian Film Day 150 is the world's largest film festival, featuring more than 1,700 free event across Canada on Wednesday (April 19).