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Discover Canadian Film
Anita Adams
Vancouver, British Columbia
7 Team Members

We Did It!

We are excited to announce that we've reached our initial target of $20,000 thanks to many First Weekend Club members and industry partners who believe in this project and feel the time is right for Canadian films to have a stronger presence in the market.

We still have some time left in our fundraising campaign, and we're taking this success train into overdrive so we can do more to ensure a great future for Canadian film.

Jump on board and be a part of a grassroots movement that will change the face of the Canadian film industry!

Any additional funds raised will go into marketing the service so we can bring more great Canadian films to more people across the country (and eventually to the world!).

If you have already contributed to this campaign, thank you for believing in us. If you haven't yet but want to be a part of something important and exciting, then do it today, or before November 30th, as time is quickly running out.

Thank you for helping us make this happen!And thanks to Indie Gogo for allowing Canadian campaigns to exist on their site. Without them we wouldn't have been able to launch this important campaign.

Our Story

Did you know that in 2010, so few people went to see Canadian films that only 3.4% of the total national box office went to Canadian films (83% went to US films and 8% went to other foreign films).

First Weekend Club is a national, non-profit organization that was created to help change that statistic by building audiences for, and awareness of, great Canadian films. Simply, our goal is to help more people discover great Canadian films.

Having supported the theatrical releases of over 150 titles since 2003, we’re moving into a new frontier: the online world. We want to make quality Canadian feature films available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. We aim to transform the Canadian cinema landscape by launching a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platform, which will feature a curated library of the very best Canadian films available. We've been researching and developing the viability and technology required to implement this plan for two years, now it's time to make it a reality.


From Empty Theatres to Full Houses
First Weekend Club is Making a Difference

The Impact

Currently, there is no Video-On-Demand service dedicated to Canadian films. As First Weekend Club has well established relationships with independent Canadian filmmakers, and over 13,000 dedicated members, our proposal to stream Canadian movies on a pay-per-view basis will provide a much needed alternative platform to indie filmmakers wishing to access a new and ever-growing digital audience. First Weekend Club’s VOD service will be filling an important gap and will be furthering our mission to bring quality Canadian films to more people everywhere.

What We Need

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to develop a beta site; to upgrade the current First Weekend Club website; and for hosting fees. If we raise more money (and we really hope we do) then we will be able to put those funds into building a larger library of films and into marketing this new service so we can attract a larger audience. And don't worry, as we grow, we will continue to look for quality, NOT quantity.

What You Get

We've got some great stuff, including some fun and unique experiences. In putting together these perks, we turned to our friends in the film community to see what they might be able to contribute to help us out. We've got signed DVDs, film passes to our Canada Screens Series, an online Master Class, a semi-private dinner and movie experience with two of Canada's most renowned filmmakers, and a bunch of other fun stuff.

What we're really building is a virtual cinema dedicated to showing off Canadian films. So with a minimum contribution of $50, not only can you own a seat that you can personalize in this virtual cinema, but you'll also be invited to test drive our new Video-On-Demand system, be able to offer your feedback through a private discussion group, and attend our online launch where we'll stream a Canadian film live from Vancouver. This way we can engage Canadian film fans across the country and make sure we create a new video-on-demand service that you'll want to visit again and again. 


        The Photo:
        Former colleague Kelsey Matheson and me (Anita Adams)
        wearing the First Weekend Club tanks, which is one of the
        perks we're offering (the tank, that is). They're black with our gold
        marque logo across the chest. I think they're kind of cute.
        With a $25 contribution, you can own one of these sexy tanks!

        If you get this perk, I'll follow up with you by email to get your
        preferred size


Other Ways You Can Help

Spread the word and tell your friends about the campaign and First Weekend Club!

Sign up to become a First Weekend Club member at www.firstweekendclub.ca. Membership is free, and we have a bunch of other perks for members throughout the year.

Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FirstWeekendClub and
Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/1stweekendclub.

Great Canadian films…they are out there!


It has come to attention, that all donations must be made in American currency, which means you will be charged an exchange fee on top of the donation. We see the biter irony of the situation, but unfortunately there is no Canadian alternative to a crowd source fundraising platform. We thought you should know before making a contribution, but sincerely hope this piece of information doesn't prevent you from jumping on board to support our cause. Thank you!

A big Thank You to our Industry Partners who have jumped on board to sponsor this project:



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raised by 216 people in 1 month
114% funded
No time left
$20,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on November 30, 2011
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    The Canuck

    With a $10 contribution, we'll list you as a supporter on the First Weekend Club website, plus you'll receive some good Canadian Karma and the eternal gratitude of the First Weekend Club.

    37 claimed
  • $25USD
    The Sexy Tank

    Receive your very own sexy, First Weekend Club tank top. We've got small, medium and large (see the photo in the 'what you get' description to the left). The first 25 people to buy this perk will also receive a Canadian film on DVD, courtesy of Alliance Films and Kinosmith Films. You will also have your name added as a supporter on the First Weekend Club website.

    55 claimed
  • $50USD
    The Eternal Canadian Film Fan

    Own a seat in our virtual cinema personalized with your name, city and favorite Canadian Film title. This virtual cinema will live on the First Weekend Club website for all to see. PLUS ... You will be invited to test drive our new Video-On-Demand service and participate in a private Facebook group to offer your feedback. You will also be invited to our online VIP launch event where we'll stream a Canadian film live from Vancouver. Canadian film title TBA.

    46 claimed
  • $50USD
    The Eternal Film Fan - Take 2

    Read the benefits above, and host your own party to be a part of our national launch in celebration of Canadian film as we kick off our new Video On Demand streaming service. Invite your friends, watch the movie we'll be streaming live and be part of a national movement to support Canadian film. Plus, remember this perk will give you a personalized seat in our virtual cinema and give you access to a private group that will test drive the new system.

    20 claimed

    The Distributor (Master Class)

    Get a one hour semi private lesson on how to distribute your film in Canada, with Robin Smith from Kinosmith Films. Here's your opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of distribution and what it takes to get your film made in Canada. Online class limited to 10 people. With this perk, you'll also receive all the benefits of the Eternal Canadian Film Fan.

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $100USD
    The Red Carpet (for two)

    Receive all the benefits of our Eternal Canadian Film Fan, PLUS you and someone special can walk the red carpet at our VIP launch event in downtown Vancouver. This ticket for two includes live music, wine, canapes, the screening of a fabulous new Canadian film and a talkback with the filmmaker and/or stars. Event date and film TBA.

    13 out of 250 claimed
  • $150USD
    The Film Buff

    Receive all the benefits of our Eternal Canadian Film Fan, PLUS, a film pass that will give you access to 10 films through our Vancouver Canada Screens series, or bring 9 of your friends to see one film (yes, this pass can be shared). With the holiday season just around the corner, this film pass makes for a great gift idea for the film lovers in your family. Find out more about Canada Screens at: http://firstweekendclub.ca/canada-screens/canada-screens-series

    9 claimed
  • $250USD
    The Big Screen

    If you've got a film that is 10 minutes or less, here's your chance to see it on the big screen in front of a live Vancouver audience. You and 10 of your friends will be invited to watch your masterpiece screened prior to our feature film presentation at a Canada Screens event. Your name & name of the film will also be included in an announcement that will be distributed to over 6000 people. (Note: the film needs to be pre-approved by FWC. If it is not approved, you will receive a full refund).

    4 claimed
  • $300USD
    The Swag (for two)

    Receive the benefits of the Eternal Canadian Film Fan, PLUS an invitation for you and a friend to attend our 2011 Canadian Film Gift Lounge at the Whistler Film Festival where you can mingle with Canadian filmmakers & stars, receive the full-on star treatment which includes hair, makeup, nails, and massage, and walk away with a very cool swag gift bag with a value of over $300. The Canadian Film Lounge will be held in Whistler on Saturday December 2nd. This could be your best date weekend ever!

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    The Toronto Glitz: (for two)

    Attend a semi-private dinner and screening of the film "Fifty Dead Men Walking" with renowned filmmaker Kari Skogland. This perk includes a pre-show cocktail and a four course meal at the trendy Spoke Club in downtown Toronto. The event will take place at a mutually convenient time in January 2012 (to help accommodate the shooting schedule of the filmmaker). Find out more about the film: http://firstweekendclub.ca/films/feature/fifty-dead-men-walking.html

    0 out of 8 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    The Vancouver Glitz: (for two)

    Attend a semi-private dinner and screening of the film "Fathers & Sons" with prolific filmmaker Carl Bessai and some of the stars from his film. This perk includes a pre-show cocktail and a four course meal at the Shangrila Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The event will take place at a mutually convenient time in January 2012 (to help accommodate the shooting schedule of the filmmaker & stars). Find out more about the film: http://firstweekendclub.ca/films/feature/fathers-sons.html

    1 out of 8 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    The Big Kahuna

    Host your own private event to woo your clients, or as an office holiday party. We're talking live music, wine, catering, and a great film in one of our partner venues in Vancouver or Toronto. You choose the film (Canadian of course) and we'll secure the rights to screen it and organize the entire event. Includes film, catering, wine, and live entertainment for up to 100 guests.

    0 claimed
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