National Canadian Film Day: Today's the day to celebrate Canuck movies

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

This may look like any other Tuesday to you, but in fact, this is the first-ever National Canadian Film Day.

Despite our international reputation for reticence, polite behaviour and modesty, this is the one day every year when Canadians are invited to celebrate their excellence in the world of cinema.

For today, April 29, 2014, your job is to watch a great Canadian movie and spread the word about our robust film industry.

The brainwave of Reel Canada (they bring Canadian movies into schools), The National Canadian Film Day allows you to view stellar Canadian movies in every community from sea to shining sea; there are events organized in dozens of Canadian towns and cities, and more than 40 leading Canadian feature films will be honoured. Even Air Canada will be showing 12 new movies on their flights of April 29.

Can't get out of the house? You can watch 2,000 shorts, documentaries and features on NFB.ca at home — all for free.

Otherwise, check http://canadianfilmday.ca/see-a-film/ for a national map and guide to movies everywhere in the true north, strong and free.

In Toronto tonight at The Royal, for example, you can see Highway 61 at 7pm, with director Bruce McDonald in attendance and Last Night at 9pm with director Don McKellar in attendance. Pretty cool!

The folks at Reel Canada remind you that this country involves a population about the same as that of California on a land mass the size of Russia — so we need our cinema stories to talk to one another and get to know one another.

You have your assignment for today. Check out canadianfilmday.ca for information and inspiration.

To follow events as they unfold on twitter: @canfilmday


Videos

Photos