The Film House in Niagara to celebrate National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 18th

This free one-day event features films from Jay Cheel and Edward Burtynsky

News from the FirstOntario Performing Arts in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted April 10th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – In celebration of the fifth annual National Canadian Film Day the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will offer a free screening of two documentaries in The Film House on Wednesday 18 April at 7pm.

National Canadian Film Day’s mandate is to encourage all Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of the nation’s filmmakers.

 Last year, National Canadian Film Day 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. This year The Film House is proud to present two documentaries made by local St. Catharines filmmakers.

The award-winning, Manufactured Landscapes was shot by internationally-acclaimed St. Catharines-born photographer Edward Burtynsky. The 2006 documentary follows Burtynsky to China where he photographs the gritty underside of the country’s massive industrial waste sites, quarries, factories, mines and dams. 

The short film Twisted, explores the urban legend of a tornado hitting the Can-View Drive-In in  the summer of 1996 during a screening of the film Twister. An official selection at TIFF, the documentary is made by local filmmaker Jay Cheel. Cheel will be in attendance after the screening of both films for a post-show Q&A.

Earlier in the day, The Film House will screen The Breadwinner for students and special community groups as part of the IMPACT Education Series at 10am. This sold-out film screening follows 11-year-old Parvana and her family in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan.

With her father arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy to help her family, and rescue her father. The Breadwinner was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Academy Awards, is a Golden Globe nominee and won four awards at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.  An added screening for the public will take place on Saturday 5 May at 4pm.

 In addition to the screenings, the FirstOntario PAC will host upwards of 30 students from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School engaging in an eight-hour video competition, taking place downtown. The competition is a part of a series of events to prepare film students for higher level competitions coming up during the rest of the year.

TICKETS: FREE!  Visit our website for advance tickets, trailers and showtimes. 

For more information about the upcoming 2017/18 HOT TICKET Season and The Film House schedule, visit our website at or contact the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office by phone 905-688-0722, email, or in person at 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

About the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000 square foot cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues that host a signature presentation of international and local performing artists. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre plays a vital role in the renaissance of downtown St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara region’s diverse cultural cluster.

About REEL CANADA – REEL CANADA is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes the diversity of Canadian film and its power to spark important conversations about our nation and what it means to be Canadian. Through our three core programmes — Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada and National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) —

REEL CANADA has reached hundreds of thousands of high school students, new Canadians, and general audience members. The 2017 edition of National Canadian Film Day, in honour of the nation’s sesquicentennial, was the World’s Largest Film Festival Ever, with more than 1,800 screenings of Canadian films across the country and around the world.

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