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Free flicks for National Canadian Film Day

As if you needed another reason to grab some popcorn and binge watch great movies.

The country’s 150th birthday celebration continues with National Canadian Film Day today, aiming to put Canadian cinema in an unprecedented spotlight. There are free flicks at Paramount Theatre tonight and a host of ways to stream Canadian feature films this week.

Reel Canada is calling it the world’s largest film festival, “a massive one-day, coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of nation’s sesquicentennial.”

The Thompson Nicola Film Commission is celebrating Canadian cinema with free screenings at Paramount Theatre tonight. A Medley of Crazy 8’s and Local Short Films is at 6:30 p.m. and a showing of Canadian director Ken Finkleman’s An American Dream: The Education of William Bowman is playing at 8:30 p.m.

National Canadian Film Day 150 is a Signature 150 Project supported by the Government of Canada and, with films airing on multiple broadcast stations and online platforms, it aims to be the most accessible film festival the country has seen.

If you’d rather watch a great Canadian film from home, several networks are taking part in the celebration and airing Canadian-made flicks tonight. Check out the broadcast schedule online.

Lead organizer Reel Canada also compiled a list of 150 Canadian films that reflect our diverse nation and the stories Canadians tell. CBC is offering free online streaming of some of several of them and Telefilm has curated its own collection of 150 Canadian film available on iTunes. Check online for ways to stream or rent.



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