Watch 4 Winter Films for Kids on NFB.ca

Films

Hate it or love it, winter and Canada go together like hand and glove. As the chilly days draw on (and on), let these 4 winter tales for kids warm your heart and rekindle your affection for Canada’s longest season.

Ti-Jean Goes Lumbering

Ti-Jean Goes Lumbering, Jean Palardy, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Don’t judge a book by its cover! In this film, a 10-year-old boy with supernatural powers rides into a winter logging camp where he amazes the seasoned lumberjacks with his exploits. A vintage winter pleaser from 1953.

The Snow Cat

Snow Cat, Sheldon Cohen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

This short film based on the children book by Dayal Kaur Khalsa (who also wrote the story for I Want a Dog) tells the story of Elsie, a lonely little girl who longs for a pet to keep her company. One day, the North Wind grants Elsie her wish and sends her a snow cat. But this gift comes with a warning: the cat must never enter Elsie’s warm home or else… Narrated by Oscar®-winner Maureen Stapleton.

Lights for Gita

Lights for Gita, Michel Vo, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

In this sweet and colourful short, Diwali, the traditional Hindu festival of lights comes alive in a new way when little Gita refuses to let an ice-storm compromise her celebration.

The Sweater 

The Sweater, Sheldon Cohen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

In this well-loved Canadian classic, a Montreal boy who is mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton’s, and forced to wear it. The animation is based on the iconic book of the same name, which Wayne Gretzky used to read to his children.