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Past NFB Heads Discuss the Purpose of the NFB


A really great and candid short film that interviews past Government Film Commissioners about what the NFB means to them. What is a Government Film Commissioner? From Wikipedia: As stipulated in the National Film Act of 1950, the Government Film Commissioner is the person who holds the position of Government Film Commissioner is the head more » listed in Top 50 Web Designs


The designers at have included in their Top 50 Canadian web designs. We’ve always loved site design, so it’s nice to be recognized by the community like this. is a collective of web designers whose mission is “to showcase good website design done for Canadian companies, or by Canadian designers.” Congratulations to more »

NFB nominated for 2 Canadian New Media Awards


A bunch of NFB and NFB co-produced sites were nominated for Canadian New Media Awards last week., the NFB Online Screening Room – Best Online Video Portal Waterlife ( – Best Cross-Platform Project Congratulations also to our co-producers Eyesteel Film (Rip: Remix Manifesto, Best Social Media) and Kung-Fu Numerique (Who We Are, Best Online more »

What’s inside the new NFB iPhone App


So here’s what the NFB iPhone app can do: *WATCH hundreds of NFB movies on your iPhone. Most of the films available on are encoded for the iPhone. Soon all of them will be available. *WATCH LATER – We wanted to make an app that was useful even outside of wi-fi hotspots so you more »

Here’s what we’ve got cooking at the Calgary International Film Festival


Check out all the trailers for the films we’ve got playing at the 2009 Calgary International Film Festival. Documentary Features CBQM (Dennis Allen) 66:36 min CBQM (Trailer) by Dennis Allen, National Film Board of Canada INVISIBLE CITY (Hubert Davis) 70 min Invisible City (Trailer) by Hubert Davis, National Film Board of Canada TULKU (Gesar Mukpo) more »

20 Doc Filmmakers you should follow on Twitter


@AboutDocsGuide –’s documentary page @DocumentaryBlog – Doc blog by 2 doc lovers. @ErrolMorris – Oscar-winning doc-filmmaker, Errol Morris @BanffTVFest – Banff televison fest. Handy for producers. @DOCorg – Canadian documentary association @SheffDocFest Sheffield Documentary Festival; one of the biggest. @USofAfrica – a well-run doc production twitter account. @RemixManifesto – Brett Gaylor tweets about his more »

How we use Social Media


Why does the NFB use social media? We just want people to know about our films. What is our Social Media strategy? Not so much of a “strategy”, really… We just talk about films through 4 channels: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs. Of course we talk about our films – but we also talk about more »

Watch: Errol Morris talk about interviewing Robert McNamara


Former US Defense Secretary, Robert McNamara, died this morning at the age of 93. In these clips, Errol Morris talks about what it was like to interview McNamara for his Oscar-winning documentary, The Fog of War. [Invalid Link] [Invalid Link] Watch more clips about documentary filmmaking at Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary.

How to watch our films on Boxee


We are on Boxee The National Film Board of Canada now has a Boxee channel. That’s over 1000 NFB animated and documentary films, clips and trailers you can watch through the startup internet-TV broadcaster. What is Boxee? Boxee is a program that lets you watch internet video on your television. It has a simple layout more »

5 Great Blogs by Filmmakers


  Objectified by Gary Hustwit Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) is great at creating interesting conversation during the lull of preproduction and production and then using the blog to generate awareness of festival screenings once the film is released theatrically. He’s really tapped into his community and knows how to keep them invested until his next project. more »

Vote for the next NFB T-shirt design


Have you seen our Retro NFB T-shirts and Street Musique t-shirts? We’re going to make more… Our designers came up with 8 T-shirt designs but we’re only going to print 1 of them at a time Here are the designs. Which one should we make? Vote for your favourite shirt in the poll below. 21-87 more »

7 Blogging Tips for Filmmakers

Keep it Short 250 words is enough. It’s enough for you to write and it’s enough for us to read. Post Frequently Make up for your short posts by writing more often. Blog about everything related to production. Interesting connections, things you’ve learned, production tips, successes, failures. Stay focused One post for each idea. If more »