REEL CANADA 9th Season Launch | October 21, 2013 | TIFF Bell Lightbox




AT  TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | October 21, 2013

More than 1,000 young ESL students will get a visual crash course in Canuck culture – watching handpicked Canadian movies in three cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox October 21.

They’ll also get to practice their English with actors Wendy Crewson (Away from Her) and Vinay Virmani (Breakaway), and producer Anne Tait (Iron Road) after watching their work on screen

Away From Her:


Iron Road:

The students, from the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program across the GTA, will attend as part of REEL CANADA’s “Welcome To Canada” program for ESL students.

Now launching its ninth season, REEL CANADA has presented over 800 screenings of Canadian features, documentaries and animated films to more than 200,000 students across P.E.I., Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

This event marks the launch of the 9th season, which will be the biggest yet. Currently scheduled student-screening events for the 2013-14 National Tour include:

  • Nov 4 & 5, 2013 – Windsor, Ontario
  • Nov 18, 2013 – Toronto, ON
  • Nov 20, 2013 – Vancouver, BC
  • Nov 26-28, 2013 – Prince Edward Island
  • Dec 3, 2013 – Toronto, ON
  • Feb 6, 2013 – Simultaneous events in five Quebec communities
  • February 2013 – “Black History Month” Multi-Province Tour with filmmaker Hubert Davis
  • March 13, 2014 – Montreal, QC
  • March 18, 2014 – Calgary, AB
  • April 21-25, 2014 – Toronto, Brampton and Ottawa, ON
  • April 29, 2014 – NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY, events at 10+ schools across Canada
  • April 29 – May 1, 2014 – Saskatoon, SK

In addition to these large-scale festival events, REEL CANADA will hold a minimum of 30 additional events in at least eight provinces across Canada during the 2013-14 season.

Founded in 2005 by Jack Blum and Sharon Corder with the help of a committee of passionate filmmakers and dedicated educators, REEL CANADA is designed to foster greater awareness of, and pride in, Canadian films, by bringing the excitement of a film festival experience directly to students. It is an immersive, dynamic learning experience that introduces teenage audiences to home-grown films and filmmakers.

Academy Award nominated director and REEL CANADA Board member Atom Egoyan is one of the many celebrated filmmakers who have presented their work to students through REEL CANADA. “It’s the dream of any filmmaker,” he says, “to engage in a dialogue with an audience. [The teenage] audience is the most difficult to reach, so the experience of such an intimate response is a career highlight for me.”

Canada faces unique challenges in creating and maintaining a viable cultural identity. Movies and television from the U.S. are ubiquitous and overwhelming. By engaging future audiences and inspiring filmmakers at home, REEL CANADA helps to foster a sense of pride for Canadian culture among high school students and helps build future audiences for Canadian film.

REEL CANADA is supported by an advisory committee of Canada’s most celebrated film professionals: Hussain Amarshi, Denys Arcand , Carl Bessai, Gary Burns, David Cronenberg, Colm Feore, Niv Fichman, Bryan Gliserman, Paul Gross, Norman Jewison, Robert Lantos, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Charlotte Mickie, Geoff Pevere, Margueritte Pigott, Gordon Pinsent, Sarah Polley, Peter Raymont, Denise Robert, Patricia Rozema, Mina Shum, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Jean Marc Vallée.

REEL CANADA is made possible by the generous support of our Founding Sponsor Telefilm Canada, and Premier Corporate Sponsor Cineplex Entertainment. National expansion is supported by a grant under the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.