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Theatre in qathet region offers free national film day showings

Patricia celebrates films ‘artificial intelligence couldn't make’ 
CANADIAN FILMS: April 17 is National Canadian Film Day. In celebration of Canadian film, the Patricia Theatre is screening free films today, and Thursday, April 18.

Filmmakers and performers fought hard last year to make sure humans are still part of the movie-making process. 

Today, April 17, 2024, marks National Canadian Film Day (CanFilmDay), presented by REEL CANADA and "celebrating films artificial intelligence couldn't make," according to a CanFilmDay media release.

The film committee at the Patricia Theatre in Townsite, headed by Peg Campbell, has chosen a few Canadian films to screen for qathet region residents tonight and Thursday, for free.

Tonight, Wednesday, April 17, at 7 pm, a sneak preview of director Ally Pankiw’s debut feature, I Used To Be Funny, will be screened, ahead of the official June 7 release date.

Two more Canadian films will be screened on Thursday, April 18 (1:30 pm and 7 pm), at the Patricia.

"The 2024 CanFilmDay programming reaffirms that no algorithm can embody the essence or conjure the creativity inherent in a Canadian film," the CanFilmDay release stated.

According to the Canadian Film Day website, there will be more than 1,000 screenings, in every province and territory, and in more than 39 countries around the world, and hundreds of offerings on broadcast and streaming services in order to celebrate Canadian film.

“With more and more of our lives governed by algorithms, it seems more important than ever to highlight the originality, passion and, well, humanity that infuses the best of Canadian cinema,” stated artistic director of REEL CANADA Sharon Corder.

REEL CANADA is a charitable organization that promotes the diversity of Canadian film.

For more information about free National Canadian Film Day screenings at the Patricia, go to To check out free screenings across Canada and online, go to

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