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press release: NFB at OIAF 2017

By Mike Valiquette

A leader in auteur animation for over 75 years, the NFB has 12 new short films showcased at the 2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), including eight in official competition: Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT; Chintis Lundgren’s Manivald; Eva Cvijanovic’s Hedgehog’s Home; Christopher Auchter’s The Mountain of SGaana; Malcolm Sutherland’s Simulated Life; and three… »

from the internets: NFB’s Michael Fukushima Answers Questions, and the Breadwinner is Coming to TIFF

By Mike Valiquette

Over on AWN, OIAF Creative Director Chris Robinson asks NFB Animation Executive Producer Michael Fukushima a handful of questions. Michael was good enough to answer them. And Animation Magazine, among other outlets, is reporting that Cartoon Saloon’s latest feature film, the Breadwinner, will be premiering at TIFF. The Breadwinner is directed by Nora Twomey, and… »

press release: NFB announces three-year plan to redefine its relationship with Indigenous peoples

By Mike Valiquette

Key commitments include: 4 percent of NFB workforce to identify as Indigenous by 2025; Indigenous-led production to represent a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending; and the creation of protocols/guidelines for production and distribution and use of archives   The National Film Board of Canada has announced a three-year plan outlining a series… »

press release: Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (NFB) selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week

By Mike Valiquette

So this is pretty cool. The Tesla World Light, Matthew Rankin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada Here’s the press release. Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (NFB) selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week Matthew Rankin’s animated filmTHE TESLA WORLD LIGHT, produced at the National Film Board of Canada… »

press release: Theodore Ushev Receives Oscar Nomination for Blind Vaysha

By Mike Valiquette

NFB receives 74th Academy Award nomination Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha is headed to the Oscars with a nomination for Best Animated Short Film January 24, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Theodore Ushev’s multi-award-winning Blind Vaysha (NFB) has been honoured with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film. It’s… »

showcase: Howie Shia’s BAM, courtesy of the NFB

By Mike Valiquette

This. Thank you to the NFB for working with directors like Howie. I love this film. Howie Shia’s BAM is next to perfect. The craft and skill of execution so wonderfully compliment the creative. Enjoy. BAM, Howie Shia, National Film Board of… »

Theodore Ushev and Moïa Jobin-Paré Win at Annecy 2016

By Mike Valiquette

As awards go, picking up a prize at Annecy is just about as big as it gets. The French festival has just announced its winners and congratulations are due to the 2 Canadian picks: Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev (Jury Award), and 4min15 in the Developer (Off Limits Award), by Moïa Jobin-Paré. Jury Award Vaysha,… »

press release: Acclaimed NFB Film Maker Colin Low Passes, 1926-2016

By Mike Valiquette

COLIN LOW DIES AT THE AGE OF 89, The National Film Board and Canada lose a true pioneer of cinema February 25, 2016 – Montreal, Quebec – National Film Board of Canada Canada has lost a giant of cinema with the passing of Colin Low, who died in Montreal on February 24 at the age… »

press release: NFB’s Carface directed by Claude Cloutier wins at 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation

By Mike Valiquette

  Carface (Autos Portraits) by Claude Cloutier, a short produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), won the International Competition Prize at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation earlier this evening. The Festival ran from November 25 to 29 in Montreal. The film has made the shortlist of 10 works… »

press release: NFB’s Hothouse Program Back for 11th Season

By Mike Valiquette

Want to make an animated film? Apply by December 11 for the chance to be part of the NFB’s Hothouse program for emerging Canadian animators November 26, 2015 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is seeking submissions for its Hothouse apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian… »

from the internets: ALL THE HOTHOUSE FILMS

By Mike Valiquette

This year’s crop of Hothouse short films are online for your viewing pleasure. I love this program. Years ago there was funding for what was called “calling card films”. An opportunity for young film-makers to independently produce a film that would showcase their aesthetic and story sense. I can’t remember now if it was the… »

press release: NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA WINS FIVE CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

By Mike Valiquette

National Film Board of Canada (NFB) productions and craftspeople have received five 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, recognizing excellence in film, television and digital media. NFB winners: Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media Fort McMoney, created by David Dufresne Produced by Philippe Lamarre and Raphaëlle… »

Press Release: NFB Launches Hothouse 10 Films Online

By Mike Valiquette

DISCOVER NEW SHORT FILMS BY EMERGING ANIMATORS AT NFB.CA AS THE 10TH EDITION OF “HOTHOUSE” LAUNCHES ONLINE, MARCH 9 Oscar winner Chris Landreth is this year’s mentoring director February 26, 2015 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada Beginning March 9, animation lovers can discover eight new short works by emerging animators with the… »

press release: Way To Go is Yours to Experience

By Mike Valiquette

After its world premiere at Sundance, Vincent Morisset’s  WAY TO GO is available today online for FREE! The online experience can be found at http://www.a-way-to-go.com Way to Go is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years old. Maybe it lasts six minutes; maybe it lasts forever. Way to Go is ready… »

press release: NFB Announces PASSING OF DIRECTOR-PRODUCER RENÉ JODOIN

By Mike Valiquette

PASSING OF DIRECTOR-PRODUCER RENÉ JODOIN An early collaborator of Norman McLaren, founder of the NFB’s French Animation Studio and recipient of the 2001 Prix Albert-Tessier January 26, 2015 – Montreal, National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Director-producer René Jodoin passed away on January 22, 2015, in Montreal, at the age of 94. Born in Hull,… »

Best Thing Ever Today: Torill Kove Reacts to Oscar Nomination

By Mike Valiquette

Via Michael Fukushima. This just makes me smile so much. Torill Kove reacts to her 3rd nomination! from Michael Fukushima on… »

Oscar Nominations Announced, Torill Kove’s Me and Moulton for Best Animated Short

By Mike Valiquette

For a whole bunch of people, today was a very exciting day. Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Here are the animation nominees: Best Animated Feature • Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Feature Animation) Directed by Canadian-raised, Missouri-born, Chris Williams. • The Boxtrolls (Laika) Co-Directed by Canadian, Graham Anable. • How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Dreamworks… »

Me and My Moulton, by Torill Kove, Available Online For 48 Hours Only

By Mike Valiquette

CHECK OUT TORILL KOVE’S NEW ANIMATED SHORT, ME AND MY MOULTON, AVAILABLE ONLINE FREE OF CHARGE AT NFB.CA FOR 48 HOURS STARTING DECEMBER 2 Me and My Moulton nominated for an Annie Award December 2, 2014 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada Me and My Moulton, the latest National Film Board of Canada… »

press release: Classic NFB Stereoscopic Films Screening at MOMA

By Mike Valiquette

PUT ON YOUR 3D GLASSES: RESTORED NFB STEREOSCOPIC FILMS COME TO NEW YORK Classic works by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart showcased at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC Four recently restored 3D films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are being featured at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New… »

Amir Avni’s McLaren retrospective available online

By Mike Valiquette

In honour of the legendary Canadian-by-way-of-Scottish animation pioneer, Norman McLaren’s 100th birthday, animator Amir Avni put together a wonderful tribute that was presented at this year’s Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI). I wasn’t able to catch it there, but thankfully, it’s now available on Amir’s Vimeo page. “A retrospective I curated about Norman McLaren… »

from the internets: Grayden Laing interviews Torill Kove

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the link:… »

OIAF 2014 Winners Announced! Poland and Canada Take Top Prizes

By Mike Valiquette

  OTTAWA (September 20, 2014)— The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) competition component has come to an end with the highly anticipated award ceremonies, which were held this evening at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. OIAF organizers announced the 2014 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. This year’s OIAF, which is in… »

press release: NFB swag at Roots

By Mike Valiquette

ROOTS CELEBRATES THE NFB’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION Wear your love of great Canadian cinema with tees, longsleeves and hoodies featuring images from classic animation and the NFB’s iconic retro logo Roots has teamed up with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canada’s Oscar-winning public film producer and distributor, to create a… »

press release: 17 NFB Films Featured at OIAF 2014

By Mike Valiquette

SEVENTEEN NFB FILMS FEATURED AT OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, INCLUDING TWO WORLD PREMIERES This year’s selection includes documentaries on Norman McLaren and Canadian cartoonist Seth August 18, 2014 • Toronto, Ontario • National Film Board of Canada A world leader in auteur animation, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be showcased at the… »

from the internets: Oscar-Winning Animator Torril Kove at TIFF

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 ran a nice little interview with Award-winning animator, and Concordia alum, Torril Kove. Torril is a wonderful filmmaker and her latest, Me and my Moulton, will be screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here the link:… »

OIAF 2014 Announces Selection For Feature Film Category

By Mike Valiquette

LEMONS, CONVICTS AND CARTOONISTS A RICH AND ENGAGING COLLECTION OF FEATURE FILMS TO BE SHOWCASED IN THE OIAF 2014 COMPETITION OTTAWA (July 4, 2014) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the selection of films competing in the Feature Film Category at this year’s Festival running September 17-21. “This year’s feature… »

Happy Canada Day!

By Mike Valiquette

A little Log Driver’s Waltz, for those of you feeling… »

Hothouse 10 Call for Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

This post is pure cut and paste, respectfully. Go here to see the original post. I should just add that the NFB’s Hothouse program is one of the most important and vital film-making opportunities in Canada. There aren’t  lot of chances for emerging film-makers to get funded, so the role of the NFB in this… »

press release: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s Jutra selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes

By Mike Valiquette

“An original mix of animation and documentary, Jutra by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre juxtaposes the two genres to push the boundaries of filmmaking. As such, it aptly illustrates how the NFB, on the eve of its 75th anniversary, continues to serve as a creative space where parallel worlds and uncommon visions can find their place and flourish.”… »

NFB’s Filmmaker Assistance Program Guidelines

By Mike Valiquette

There’s been a few changes to the National Film Board’s Filmmaker Assistance Program guidelines. For those who don’t know, the FAP is “not a funding (cash) program. Assistance is offered in the form of technical services, up to a maximum cash value of $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the region in which you reside.” In… »

from the internets: AWN Interviews Retiring NFB Producer, Marcy Page

By Mike Valiquette

Marcy Page has had an amazing career in animation. As one of two English Language Animation Producers for the National Film Board of Canada, she’s worked with, nurtured, managed, and enabled(in the best sense of the word) some of the top animation talent Canada has to offer since 1990. Her filmography includes Madame Tutli-Putli, the… »

press release: NFB Launches StopMo Studio App

By Mike Valiquette

The NFB has relaunched their stop-motion app, and I’m dying to try it out. NFB StopMo Studio – Navigation from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo. Animator Patrick Bouchard made this with it: NFB StopMo Studio – No Disturbing Gramps by Patrick Bouchard from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo. Here’s the press… »

Subconscious Password wins at Canadian Screen Awards

By Mike Valiquette

Chris Landreth’s latest short film picked up the top prize for best short this weekend at the Canadian Screen Awards. He shares this award with producers Marcy Page, of the NFB, and Mark Smith, of Copperheart Films. It was produced in association with Seneca College’s Animation Arts Centre. Congrats to all. Subconscious Password   by… »

from the internets: More Cordell Barker on NFB Blog

By Mike Valiquette

Cordell “the Cat Came Back” Barker has another blog post over on the NFB blog. He’s just finished up a stint at the NFB Montreal studio working a stop motion segment for his newest film. Stop-motion is a new medium for him, and it’s interesting to gt a glimpse of his struggles. As a established… »

press release: McLaren Wall-to-Wall: NFB and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership issue call for projects to mark centenary of celebrated Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren

By Mike Valiquette

  Montreal, December 5, 2013 – Norman McLaren, one of the most famous animation filmmakers in the world, would have been 100 years old in 2014. McLaren brought an energy and vision to animation filmmaking that live on to this day. To celebrate his centenary, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Quartier… »

from the internets: NFB Animation Blog

By Mike Valiquette

For anyone who’s interested in a peek at the world of NFB animation, they update their blog on a pretty regular basis. You’ll find posts from the Hothouse program, occasional thoughts from famed Canadian animator Cordell Barker, and other animated ephemera. I make it a regular stop. Check it out… »

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    Ottawa International Animation Festival Competition Selections AnnouncedOttawa (July 13th, 2017) - The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is pleased to announce the Official Competition for 2017. Once again Canadian artists are well represented. Out of the 94 films selected for Competition, 14 are Canadian. Several films are standouts with […]

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