The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is proud to present two classic Canadian films on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 as part of the first annual National Canadian Film Day. Erik Canuel’s Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter were voted the “people’s choice” through a WIFF Facebook and email campaign."We are proud to support National Canadian Film Day, an important new initiative in keeping with WIFF’s mandate to raise awareness and appreciation for Canadian films and filmmakers,” says WIFF Executive Director Vincent Georgie. “As we celebrate WIFF's 10th Anniversary this November, it is a natural choice to honour some recent and not-so-recent Canadian film favourites of the past." A bilingual comedy starring Colm Feore and Patrick Huard, Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) is still Canada’s reigning box-office hit. Audiences love it. Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter (1997), a haunting adaptation of the Russell Banks novel, took home a Special Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Director. Voting for National Canadian Film Day closed at midnight Monday April 21st with the following Canadian films also in contention for the April 29th screening: Denys Arcand’s Decline of the American Empire; Charles Binamé’s The Rocket; David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers; Paul Gross’ Passchendaele, and Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs. National Canadian Film Day is an initiative of REEL CANADA in partnership with Scotiabank, CBC, and a host of film festivals, movie clubs, schools, broadcasters and industry organizations across the country. WIFF is a proud supporter of the initiative and encourages Canadians across the country to discover and celebrate Canadian cinema. WIFF’s National Canadian Film Day screenings take place at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. Bon Cop, Bad Cop screens at 6 pm and The Sweet Hereafter screens at 8 pm. WIFF 2014 runs from Saturday, November 1st to Sunday, November 9th, 2014.
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A celebration of the true spirit of filmmaking, 48-hour FlickFest is a fun, spirited event that epitomizes the grit, passion and determination of making films. Local filmmakers, from the young and aspiring to established heroes of the local film scene, are given 48 hours to shoot and edit a film and to screen their creative work as part of the Windsor International Film Festival. Finalists are celebrated at WIFF closing night ceremonies where the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest Award is presented. For information about 2013 FlickFest productions, click here.
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