The Craft

Here we feature updates, tips, and other useful information for creators in the film and media industries, including interviews with practitioners and discussion of emerging technologies, forms, and audiences.

Oscar®-nominated artist Janet Perlman

A Q&A with Oscar®-nominated animator and artist-in-residence Janet Perlman

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Get to know animator-in-residence Janet Perlman as she works on a live, unscripted animation project at Les Musées de la civilisation à Québec. This Q&A is a first-hand account of the work and creativity of an Oscar-nominated artist.

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Show some love: make DIY animations with the NFB’s easy-to-use apps

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Get inspired: you’re gonna start animating! Send friends and family unique, heartfelt greetings through short, shareable animated videos made with our incredibly easy-to-use apps.

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High Grass Circus: low-tech, grassroots entertainment

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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.


Listen up, emerging animators: now’s your time to shine in the 10th season of Hothouse

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The tenth annual edition of this 12-week full-time apprenticeship for emerging animators is now underway. Get all the details about the call for proposals here. Animators: start your engines!

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“54 Hours”: writing the Newfoundland sealing disaster

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Streaming for free in Canada only on our new short animation 54 Hours, which depicts the harrowing 1914 sealing disaster. The writer of the film, Michael Crummey, discusses the project’s inception here.

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Back and better than ever: the PixStop app is now NFB StopMo Studio

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Take a tour through our new and improved stop-motion animation app for iPad, StopMo Studio. Stunning and fun homemade animation is now at your fingertips!

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Cordell Barker on working with others

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Join acclaimed animator Cordell Barker as he tinkers in the studio with his new stop-motion animation project.

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Filmmaker Q&A: Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny

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Find out how this biting socio-political satire came to be, straight from filmmaker Mark Sandiford.

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A voyage to the Canadian countryside with the Group of Seven

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Explore the relationship between artist and nature in Canadian modernism through our Group of Seven documentaries.

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Hollow Land filmmakers Uri and Michelle Kranot: a partnership in art and in life

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Animators Uri and Michelle Kranot share their perspectives on their unusual and powerful animated short Hollow Land.

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The Challenger: The Great Canadian Aviation Project

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This week on, take a trip through the genesis of the Canadair Challenger jet, and the film that tells this ambitious airplane’s story.

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Call for Entries: McLaren Wall-to-Wall

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An inspiring productive collaboration between the ghost of a legend and the talent of tomorrow.