National Canadian Film Day

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Few Canadian actors enjoyed such acclaimed, long and varied careers as the late Christopher Plummer. That’s why we are celebrating his accomplishments on National Canadian Film Day, Wednesday April 21. The Oscar and two-time Tony-winner stars in one of his most memorable (if atypical) roles, as the psychotic villain in the cult 70s heist movie The Silent Partner , directed by Vancouver-born director Daryl Duke. We’re streaming the film for free (for 48 hours only!), along with a new documentary, Christopher Plummer: A Memoir , in which the late actor reminisces about work in radio, theatre, and film alongside his friend, the director Atom Egoyan.

In a lighter mood, we’re also showcasing the enthusiastically vulgar black comedy Goon on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. There is a local connection here too: co-writer Evan Goldberg is Vancouver born and bred.

And finally we are pleased to offer access to Light(s) at the End of the Tunnel , a program of 11 original short films by up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers commissioned by our NCFD co-presenters, REEL CANADA and Netflix, and featuring the latest work by Violent and Ash director, Andrew Huculiak.

All VIFF National Canadian Film Day titles can be streamed for free on VIFF Connect on April 21 (with a 48-hour viewing window) on VIFF Connect. Book a film to watch on National Canadian Film Day, below.

Patrons Circle, VIFF+ Gold & Silver members: no booking is required, simply log in to your VIFF Connect account on April 21 to watch.