National Canadian Film Day: Our Staff Picks

Films

Today is National Canadian Film Day, an “annual event held in communities all across the country to celebrate Canada through Canadian film.”

To help you celebrate in style, NFB.ca’s programming team put together a short list of remarkable Canadian films to watch online. No rules or special guidelines were followed: the films presented here are just a few staff favourites we felt deserved your time and appreciation.

Happy Canadian Film Day!

Mr. Frog Went A-Courting

Watch as a handsome frog courts and wins a mouse for his bride in this brilliantly animated rendition of the old classic.

Mr. Frog Went A-Courting, Evelyn Lambart, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

The Ernie Game

Meet Ernie Turner, a lovable yet grating 20-something trying to find his place in the world after being released from a mental institution. A classic fiction feature by Don Owen (Nobody Waved Goodbye).

The Ernie Game, Don Owen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Passage

Discover the controversial story of Sir John Franklin, his crew and their attempt to discover the Northwest Passage with this powerful film by John Walker.

Passage, John Walker, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Pas de deux

Experience a master class in choreography and cinematography in this mesmerizing Oscar®-nominated short by pioneering filmmaker Norman McLaren. Not only for dance lovers!

Pas de deux, Norman McLaren, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Stories We Tell

Rent Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley’s genre-twisting film that playfully excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (Only $0.99 until April 22!)

Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

What will you be watching?