This animated short introduces us to Grace, a 10-year-old girl who uses her creative superpowers to navigate the emotional landscape of her mother's depression. It's an inspiring portrait of family, adversity, and resilience. Using hand-drawn animation to bring two distinct worlds together – the muted, solid world of reality and the saturated palette of Grace's imagination – the film offers a textured story full of surprises, challenges, and emotions. A moving collaboration between writer/filmmaker Wanda Nolan and animator Claire Blanchet.
In this evocative short documentary, Inuk singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life. Turning her lens on the turbulence of colonial transition, director Nyla Innuksuk examines the forces that shaped Aglukark's voice and how that voice is now being translated for a new generation of Inuit artists. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2016 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
Please stand clear of the doors... This very short surreal hybrid of stop-motion and 2D animation is a story about a dream about a train, inspired by found sound of a Toronto subway car. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
Hand-drawn charcoal drawings movingly depict the loneliness and bewilderment of a child seeking safety in a war zone, in this timely very short animation that uses found sound to explore the powerlessness of the refugee experience.
Printed manually on a vintage tabletop press using hand-carved linoleum blocks, this very short animation is about a new parent who learns about free expression and the power of letting go. Inspired by the filmmaker’s new baby boy and found sound. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
Incorporating found sound of an English language lesson, this very short animation depicts a visual descent into madness triggered by the effort to keep it all together—even when it seems damn near impossible. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
Inspired by found sound of baby noises, this very short animation takes a good hard look at the bizarre behaviour of people working out in a gym. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
In this very short animation, an apparition reveals itself through celluloid and transmits vestiges of a forgotten provenance. Have the onlookers interpreted its signs correctly or was the message misunderstood? Inspired by found sound of two people’s discovery of a mysterious event in the sky. Produced as part of the 11th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
The famous Canadian astronaut Kao-Kuk is just coming back from a dangerous deep space mission in a transdimensional rift. But back home at the astro station, a deeper, even more deadly mystery awaits, threatening his impending doom.
In the small Ontario town of Echo, deep underground a typical post-war apartment building, there is a machine – massive and seemingly endless. What is its purpose? What is it for?
This feature film chronicles the personal life and political career of Danny Williams, the 9th premier of history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada as the 10th province in 1949. Although it was rich in natural resources (oil, hydroelectric power, fisheries), Newfoundland and Labrador was historically known as a "have-not" province until Danny Williams took office in 2003 and began demanding that the province get its fair share of royalties from natural-resource projects. Danny Williams, a successful businessman and lawyer, skillfully negotiated deals with Prime Ministers and Oil Companies alike that gave the people of Newfoundland and Labrador a greater stake in the equity and profits of its natural resources. Danny Williams, famous for his mantra "no more giveaways", became a widely popular premier and is credited with turning Newfoundland and Labrador into a "have" province and restoring widespread pride in the province.