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.

Settling Scores: Q&A with Composer Jeff Johnston

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Jeff Johnston comes to film music as one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists. In a career that spans over 25 years, he’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz – Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Archie Shepp, Slide Hampton and a host of other luminaries.

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Beauty: The Young Gender Pioneers

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Bex is only eight — a kid, not an activist. But just being Bex is revolutionary. He’s one of a growing number of gender non-conforming kids who are quietly upending deeply rooted notions of what it means to be female or male. As psychologist Diane Ehrensaft points out in her recent book The Gender Creative

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Canada at 150: Classic Photo Reportage Goes Interactive

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The classic art of photo reportage gets a new lease on life in Canada at 150 – an interactive production that’s among a number of anniversary projects currently in the works at the NFB. “Still photography has its own unique power and it’s been a key asset in interactive creation from very beginning,” says Nicholas

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Birth of a Family Confronts Legacy of the Sixties Scoop

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It’s September 16, 2015, a busy Wednesday afternoon at the Calgary International Airport. A small NFB crew is about to document an extraordinary encounter — a crucial early scene in Birth of a Family, a doc currently in production at the North West Studio. As incoming passengers stream into the arrival hall, director Tasha Hubbard

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Loc Dao and Stan Douglas’ Collaboration Circa 1948 Premieres in Toronto at Luminato

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by Marc Glassman, Editor of POV Magazine Circa 1948 is a unique storyworld created by Stan Douglas and Loc Dao, whose team at the NFB’s Digital Studio was able to mesh together ideas inspired by Vancouver’s colourful past. The remarkable installation has its long awaited Toronto run at the Luminato Festival‘s main hub, the Hearn Generating Station,

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The Thin Red Line: New Animation from Torill Kove

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Few artists mine family lore with such aplomb as NFB animator Torill Kove. Her first short My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, a fond and finely wrought tribute to her grandmother, earned an Oscar nomination along with a Special Prize from the 2000 Hiroshima International Animation Festival. A few years later she brought home an

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Lights, Camera, Parity: NFB Women Shine at Hot Docs

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It’s a banner year for NFB women directors. Only weeks after the NFB made its historic commitment to gender parity in production, Canada’s public producer is heading to Hot Docs with no fewer than eight films by women directors — a diverse crop of new and classic titles that includes four feature docs making their

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Man the Polluter: Man’s Ridiculous Solutions to the Problem of Pollution

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Just in time for Earth Day, I want to let you know about an offbeat animated feature film about pollution that the NFB made some 43 years ago and recently digitized. Not surprisingly, we are still dealing with some of the issues raised in this film. As Man the Polluter points out, sometimes our solutions

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Isabella Weetaluktuk Shines Light on NFB ARCHIVES

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It’s little more than a fragment, a few seconds of footage shot in the Canadian Arctic over 50 years ago, but it’s pure visual gold. Four Inuit kids, oblivious to the camera, are absorbed in play. Their game involves a homemade spinning top, ingeniously crafted from ice and sinew. A husky puppy observes with interest.

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Seances: Guy Maddin Invokes Interactive Spirits

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The imagined ghosts of silent movies are resurrected in Seances, a deliriously original interactive installation that gets its world premiere in the Storyscapes program at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. The project emanates from the feverish imagination of Guy Maddin, the reigning surrealist of Canadian cinema, co-directing here with fellow Winnipeggers Evan and Galen Johnson. Working

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Unarmed Verses: Singing their Own Song

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13 year-old Francine Valentine and the other kids from Villaways Park rarely get to come downtown, let alone record their own songs in a professional studio. Yet here they are: laying down some tracks. Making their own kind of music. Filmmaker Charles Officer is on hand to capture the moment – and the scene is

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NFB English Production: Five to Watch in 2016

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2016 kicked off on a high note here at the NFB with news that Canada’s public producer has nabbed 19 Canadian Screen Award nominations – getting the nod in no fewer than 14 different categories. The same range and innovation is evident in the English Program’s current production slate. Here are five projects to keep

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