Production

With 6 production studios across the country, the NFB’s English Program has about 100 projects underway at any given time in our core genres – documentary, animation and interactive. Check out this space for information about projects currently underway and news from our production teams.

On the Trail of Canada’s Black Pioneers

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Growing up in Calgary Cheryl Foggo looked forward to the annual Stampede with excitement, but began wondering why her own ancestors, African-American homesteaders on the Canadian Prairies, were absent from Alberta’s foundation myth. With John Ware Reclaimed, she’s shining a light on the underwritten history of Alberta’s Black pioneers and the remarkable life of John Ware.

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What Makes for a Great Animated Film?

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Want to know what makes for a great animated film? Ask someone who produces them for a living.

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10 Tips for Marketing Your Independent Film

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So, you’re going to make a movie. Congratulations! Here are 10 tips for marketing your independent film.

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Throat | Tanya Tagaq Meets Dolby Atmos

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Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq possesses one of the fiercest and most arresting voices in contemporary music. Occupying a sonic universe all her own, somewhere between wolf and human, she infuses the throat-singing tradition of her people with fearless new urgency, leaving audiences and critics in a state of gobsmacked awe.

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True North: Ryan Sidhoo Explores Canada’s New Game

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Toronto’s red-hot youth basketball scene is profiled in True North, an upcoming web series by Ryan Sidhoo.

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Revisit 60s fashion—Expo 67 style!

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To mark Expo 67 and as part of the festivities surrounding the 375th of Montreal (happy birthday!), the McCord Museum and the NFB have teamed up to suggest you dive into 1960s fashion.

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Ariel Nasr Unspools Afghanistan’s Forbidden Reel

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The headquarters of Afghan Film occupy unassuming premises, one of many bullet-scared structures in central Kabul, with little indicating its vital role in Afghanistan’s cultural history. Yet it was from this modest two-story building that ‘Engineer’ Latif Ahmadi and his peers brought forth a vibrant cinema culture in one of the most underdeveloped societies on

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Animation News: Sharp Shorts for a New Millennium

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The idea that animation can serve as a vehicle for important public messages is embedded in the very foundations of the NFB animation tradition. Back in 1941, when John Grierson hired his first staff animator, a gifted New York-based Scottish artist by the name of Norman McLaren, his most pressing assignment for the wildly inventive

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Charles | Interview with filmmaker Dominic Étienne Simard

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Enjoy an interview with filmmaker Dominic Étienne Simard, director of the upcoming TIFF selected short animated film, Charles.

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Alanis Obomsawin’s Hopeful New Opus

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Words have always been precious to Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin who routinely begins production on a film by simply listening, recording quiet conversations with her main subjects. Much of this original audio later occupies a central place on her final soundtrack.

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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve Tackles Unholy History

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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve got the idea while working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Cree/Métis filmmaker had been hired by the Commission to record testimony from adult survivors of Canada’s residential schools system and among those who came forward to tell their stories was Lena Wandering Spirit.

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Doc Lab Saskatchewan – Meet the Participants

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The dust has settled and we are happy to announce the final participants for Doc Lab Saskatchewan! And the filmmakers are…

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