A Brief History of the NFB at the Cannes Film Festival

Films

Cannes is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. We’ve been fortunate enough to have our films selected at Cannes, and this year is no exception. Matthew Rankin’s The Tesla World Light is in Official Competition in the Semaine de la critique section. You can watch the electrifying trailer below.

The Tesla World Light, Matthew Rankin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

With the 2017 festival coming to a close this Sunday, enjoy a list of 10 NFB films that have crossed the Croissette and taken home one of Cannes’s most esteemed prizes.

1953 – The Romance of Transportation in Canada

Animation Award (Short film)

Learn about how Canada’s vast distances and great obstacles were overcome by settlers with this tongue-in-cheek animated short.

The Romance of Transportation in Canada, Colin Low, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

1955 – Blinkity Blank

Palme d’Or (Short film)

Discover this playful experimental short in which shapes engraved on blank film create vivid, percussive effects.

Blinkity Blank , Norman McLaren, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

1973 – Balablok

International Grand Prize (Short film)

This short offers a fresh perspective on discrimination and racism and the attitudes responsible for many modern conflicts.

Balablok, Bretislav Pojar, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

1974 – Hunger

Special Jury Prize (Short film)

Reflect on the contrast between abundance and want with this quirky Oscar®-nominated short that was one of the first-ever films to use computer animation.

Hunger, Peter Foldès, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

1977 – J.A. Martin Photographer

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Best Women’s Interpretation Award

Enjoy this feature drama about a woman who decides to join her traveling-photographer husband on one of his summer trips in turn-of-the-century Canada.

J.A. Martin Photographer, Jean Beaudin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

1980 – Canada Vignettes: The Performer

Special Jury Prize (Short film)

Listen as tenor Roger Doucet sings the Canadian national anthem before a hockey game in the Montreal Forum.

Canada Vignettes: The Performer , Norma Bailey, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

1999 – When the Day Breaks

Palme d’Or (Short film)

In our fast-paced, isolated urban existence, this Oscar®-nominated animated short about a pig who witnesses an accidental death shows how we can find affirmation in the most surprising places.

When the Day Breaks, Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

2004 – Ryan

Canal+ Grand Prize (Short film) and Kodak Discovery Prize (Short film) and (Toute) Jeune Critique Award

Dive deep into influential Canadian animator Ryan Larkin’s life, art, and personal struggles with this riveting Oscar®-winning animated short.

Ryan , Chris Landreth, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

2007 – Madame Tutli-Putli

Petit Rail d’Or (Short film) and Canal+ Grand Prize (Short film)

Watch this Oscar®-nominated stop-motion short about a woman who faces the kindness and menace of strangers as well as some old demons of her own during a long night aboard the night train.

Madame Tutli-Putli , Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

2008 – Runaway

Petit Rail d’Or (Short film)

Join a train full of passengers as they celebrate and make merry, all the while ignorant of the fate that awaits them just around the bend.

Runaway, Cordell Barker, provided by the National Film Board of Canada