The NFB is not primarily known for its feature dramas, but over our 75 years of existence we have produced a few jewels that can rightly be considered some of the best Canada has ever made. One only has to think of Claude Jutra’s Mon oncle Antoine, named best Canadian film of all time by more »
Posts written by Albert Ohayon
Albert Ohayon studied film production and journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. He has worked at the National Film Board of Canada since 1984. He is currently the English film collection curator. He is responsible for programming English titles on the NFB’s online screening room (nfb.ca). He regularly publishes articles on the history of the NFB, its filmmakers and its films on the site.
Take a look at the production and broadcast of the National Film Board’s television series Perspective in the 1950s. The series replaced On the Spot on the CBC.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the NFB Oscar-nominated documentary High Grass Circus, on the Royal Brothers Tent Circus that toured Canada in the 1970s.
What happens to wartime propaganda when the war is over? Revisit the NFB’s post-1945 productions in the “Canada Carries On” series, which aimed to inspire, inform, and entertain Canadians in a particularly Canadian way.
Game on! Explore a selection of our films on hockey, produced over 75 years, ranging from documentary shorts to animated films.
This week on NFB.ca, take a trip through the genesis of the Canadair Challenger jet, and the film that tells this ambitious airplane’s story.
I am absolutely fascinated by the nuts and bolts of film distribution. I am doubly interested in theatrical distribution and why some films do well while others do not. So I thought I would try something different in this post and talk about the biggest box office successes the NFB has ever known. To simplify more »
In 1984, the Toronto International Film Festival ranked Nobody Waved Good-bye number 9 on their list of the top 10 Canadian feature films of all time. Read about how the film evolved and how it became such a seminal work.
Imagine travelling through the countryside on wagons pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses and stopping in small towns to perform a play. This is the premise of Horse Drawn Magic, a 1979 jewel of a documentary that follows the Caravan Stage Company throughout the interior of British Columbia and Alberta. The troupe travels an more »
One of the greatest aspects of my job is that I get to see pretty much every NFB film ever made. There is no better feeling than discovering a long-lost film in our vaults and making it available to the general public. Years ago, I ran across a little jewel about a one-man film industry more »
On deck Spring is upon us and baseball season has arrived. I thought it a perfect time to share with you our collection of baseball films, all available on NFB.ca for your viewing pleasure. I grew up playing the game and following the Montreal Expos (even catching a few games at Jarry Park), so please more »
On Sunday, February 10, pianist and composer Glenn Gould will be accorded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. To mark this important occasion, we have released, online, 2 documentary portraits of Mr. Gould produced by the National Film Board in 1959. I thought it would be a great time to more »