Posts written by Catherine Perreault

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10 technologies that could revolutionize film


I have a suspicion that my friend Stéphane Jolicoeur (Senior Internet Applications Analyst at the NFB) lives in the future. Not that he time travels like Marty McFly (although I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a DeLorean DMC-12 hidden away somewhere…), but he spends most of his free time surfing computing, design and future more »

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Introducing Our New and Improved NFB Films App for Android


* This post was translated from French. With the Holidays just a few weeks away (OK, more like a couple of months away), we’re giving you an eagerly awaited gift: an improved and totally redesigned version of our NFB Films for Android app. Adapted to new formats The NFB Films app has been developed to more »


Insomniacs Wanted


I’ve never suffered from insomnia (I’m touching wood as I write this), but I did work with a colleague who struggled with it for years. Every night she would go to bed, close her eyes… and fail to fall asleep. She came in to work every day and did her job without ever complaining about more »

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How Avant-Garde NFB Filmmaker Arthur Lipsett Influenced Kubrick and Lucas


*The following is a translation. Read the French original here. Behind every work lies at least one source of inspiration – art that comes from a specific time and place, evoking an era or a style. Sometimes artists are influenced by artistic movements, by particular techniques, or by the work of other artists. Writer Jean more »

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Stunt Family: A Story About Daredevils


* This post was translated from French. Read the original here. A few days ago, we added Canada Vignettes: Stunt Family (1978) to This documentary by Lois Siegel is the portrait of a family of stunt people working in the film industry. Yesterday morning, I had a chance to chat with the Genie Award–winning more »

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Annecy 2012: 2 Winners and a Nominee


* This post is a translation. Read the original here. The Annecy International Animated Film Festival is the oldest and biggest event of its kind. Bringing together film professionals from around the world, it represents the crème de la crème of international animation. So it’s always with great pride — and a certain amount of more »


BLA BLA Under The Stars


This post was translated from French. A new installation at the exit of the Montreal Metro’s St-Laurent station is generating a lot of buzz among the city’s transit users. The open-air BLA BLA installation was designed specifically for this urban space, and opened May 17. It was created by director Vincent Morisset and his team: more »

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Corner stores and the immigrant experience


How many times a week do you go to the corner store? You may pick up milk or a coffee, buy a case of beer or a lottery ticket, or take money out of the bank machine. Corner stores have replaced the old general store and are now part of everyday life. They are usually more »


Heading to the Oscars: 10 Questions for Patrick Doyon


* This post is a translation. Read the original here. This isn’t the first time I’ve interviewed Patrick Doyon. We met at the NFB last year, and held an online chat in February 2011. At the time, Patrick was in Berlin for the world premiere of his film Sunday. Patrick Doyon is 32 years old, more »


World Premiere of The Van Doos in Afghanistan on


This post is a translation from French. You can see the original post here. *** Edited on November 11, 2011: Due to overwhelming demand, especially on, we have decided to leave the film The Van Doos in Afghanistan online, for free, until Monday morning, November 14. As of Monday morning, it will be available more »

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NFB Films on LG’s Smart TV


This post is a translation. Read the French original here. An agreement between the National Film Board of Canada and LG Electronics Canada allows LG Smart TV users unlimited access to the country’s 2,000 best films, all for free. The NFB app will be added to currently available connected television services such as YouTube, Netflix, more »


Download NFB films? Now you can!


This post is a translation. Find the French original here. Until now, you could only watch films via streaming. However, over the past few months, my web team colleagues have been working hard to bring you more options. We are pleased to announce that it is now possible to download certain films in our more »