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Want to bring Canadian film to your classroom? You’ve come to the right place. 


Since 2005, we’ve been helping teachers and students across Canada organize festivals of Canadian film in their schools, and integrate Canadian film into their classrooms. Our festivals and educational resources are geared toward French and English high school students grades 9 – 12, and English Language Learners of all ages. Best of all, we provide our services FREE OF CHARGE!


REEL CANADA is a charitable organization whose mission is to introduce students to the power and diversity of Canadian film and engage them in a conversation about what it means to be Canadian. Now in our 11th year, REEL CANADA’s high school program has held over 1,100 screenings and reached 400,000 students. If you’re a teacher, we can help you put on a festival of Canadian film of any size or scope – from a single class to an entire school.


A REEL CANADA film festival is more than just showing films in a classroom. We hope it will expose your students to Canadian film in a way that is engaging and fun in the hopes of opening a dialogue with them about Canadian culture and identity.  Through our experiences with schools and school boards in almost every province, we’ve developed a variety of festival models that allow us to create events at any school regardless of size, location, or resources. You can choose to show only a single film, or several. Your festival can take place in a single venue (such as an auditorium, drama room, gym, or classroom) or multiple rooms across the school. It can take place over the course of a half-day, a whole day, or several days. We will help you make the right choices for your school.

Download our Festival Kit for more details!


Regardless of the structure of your festival, we provide advice and ongoing logistical and planning support, as well as access to our catalogues, promotional materials and, of course, the films themselves. We also have lesson plans in a variety of subject areas for all the films in our catalogue. Because we value live engagement at all our events, we’re frequently able to provide trained facilitators for our larger-scale events, who can introduce the films and lead discussions after the screenings. We also always try to bring film industry professionals to events or connect them to students via Skype, though this is not something we can ever guarantee. The level of screening support that we can provide depends on the size and scope of each event and is determined in consultation with our lead teachers on a case by case basis.

CONTACT US to start planning a film festival at your school today! 

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What other teachers have said:

"The kids are having fun and they're learning without even realizing it. They were SO engaged in the movie." — Niki Mitsopoulos, West Hill CI, Scarborough, ON

"Merci pour cet événement exceptionnel. La participation des élèves était incroyable!" — Alex Lebalnc, Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, Ottawa

"Our students and staff cannot stop talking about this awesome experience." — Ngozi Okongwu, Middlefield CI, Markham, ON

"As a proud Canadian I am so pleased there is a venue for focusing on Canadian content. Even just having the conversation and discussing the topic is a valuable learning experience." — Donna Profit, Colonel Gray HS, Charlottetown


What students have said:

"I most definitely feel prouder to be Canadian when I hear these stories and know that our culture and identity is strong." — Grade 10 student, Bishop Carroll HS, Calgary

"J'ai adoré la journée! Bonne expérience. Bravo!" — Élève de 10e année, Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, Ottawa

"I think every high school in Canada should have an event like this each year. I LOVED CITIZEN DUANE!!!" — Grade 10 student, R. H. King Academy, Toronto

"I loved C.R.A.Z.Y. I am proud that my country is filled with such brilliance in both acting and directing." — Grade 12 student, Seycove SS, Vancouver

"It was really eye-opening. I wish to see more films in this kind." — Grade 12 student, Miles Macdonnell Collegiate, Winnipeg

"REEL CANADA showed me that Canada actually makes really, really amazing movies that tell great Canadian stories... our films are as good (if not better!) than the films in the States." — Grade 9 student, Evan Hardy CI, Saskatoon

"I hadn't really sat down and watched an entire Canadian film before. It was life-changing." — Grade 10 student, Evan Hardy CI, Saskatoon, SK 

"It was interesting to know that a Canadian movie star that's known around the world actually took the time to talk to us. This too made me feel proud to be Canadian. Thank you." — Grade 11 student, Colonel Gray HS, Charlottetown

"This movie [The Trotksy] was amazing. My experience 10 out of 10!" — Grade 12 student, Seycove SS, Vancouver 

"Most kids in Canada don't understand Canada because they usually don't see Canadian media. REEL CANADA helps other kids know what Canada is." — Grade 10 student, John Oliver SS, Vancouver 

"Excellent, I had a lot of fun! I would love to know more about Canadian movies!" — Grade 11 student, Longfields-Davidson Heights, Ottawa 

"It helps immigrants to understand better about Canada. We belong here. It is good to know our own movies." — Afghani ESL student, Bow Valley College, Calgary 


What professionals in the Canadian film industry have said about REEL CANADA:

"REEL CANADA is an idea so brilliantly simple it gained the instant support of the community of film professionals. I am part of REEL CANADA because I believe it has the power to change the future." — Colm Feore, actor

"The enthusiasm of the students is revelatory. I can think of very few milestones in my career more satisfying than the time I have spent with students as part of the REEL CANADA program." — Don McKellar, filmmaker

"I was moved to tears by the gratitude expressed by students just because they saw themselves on screen." — Mina Shum, filmmaker