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Annecy 2016 | Michael Fukushima Explores Annecy!


The NFB’s Michael Fukushima, executive producer of the English program animation studio, was in France recently for the Annecy Festival, the world’s largest event devoted to animation. The NFB had a strong presence at the festival again this year with three short films (The Head Vanishes, by Franck Dion, Blind Vaysha, by Theodore Ushev and Mamie, by Janice Nadeau), and one feature film


Window Horses | Discover the NFB’s First Feature-Length Animation to Screen at Annecy in Almost 20 Years

“Window Horses hits all the things that are important to me: it’s pro-girl, pro-tolerance, pro-diversity and PRO-ART!!  My nieces are mixed race and it’s very important to me that they see themselves represented in this society.” — Sandra Oh This week, the NFB returns to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival with the world premiere of the feature


The Thin Red Line: New Animation from Torill Kove


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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NFB English Production: Five to Watch in 2016


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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Hercules Enters the Ring: New NFB Animation


An anime-inflected retelling of the Hercules story and brand new work from the Dutch-Canadian master Paul Driessen are among projects currently in the works at the Montreal-based Animation Studio. Noir meets Anime in Tale of Youthful Rage The tale of a conflicted young boxer unfolds against a dark urban backdrop in BAM, the latest work


Pacific Animation: Three to Watch


Three. Count ‘em. It’s barely a year since Shirley Vercruysse assumed duties as executive producer of the Pacific & Yukon Studio, and she’s already stickhandling an ambitious troika of animated films into production — three distinct auteur projects, each nurtured and driven by a specific artistic sensibility. Haida artist adapts First Nations legend Myths are


The NFB at the Annies and the Oscar Nominee Luncheon (PHOTOS)


The following is a guest post by animation producer Michael Fukushima. DAY ONE: The Annie Awards My lovely and talented producing colleague, Marcy Page, and I have been in LA for the past few days on an adventure entirely new to anyone at the NFB. Accompanied by 3 inestimably gifted filmmakers—Patrick Doyon, Amanda Forbis and


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,


Want to participate in a 12-week paid animation apprenticeship at the NFB?


Attention all budding and blooming animators! Hothouse, our very own “12-week paid apprenticeship in full-on professional animation filmmaking” is once again calling for submissions. Things are shaping up to look mighty exciting for this 8th edition. I mean, let’s be real for a second: how great would it be to get to come work at

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Top 10 reasons David Verrall is leaving the NFB

As you may have read before on this blog, animation filmmaker and producer David Verrall has retired from the NFB after 34 fruitful years. Last week, friends and colleagues (including John Weldon, Chris Landreth, Sven Erik Eriksen, Bob Verrall, and many other distinguished guests) gathered in Montreal for David’s retirement party. Between stories, reminiscences and


NFB Producer Michael Fukushima on upcoming Koji Yamamura masterclass at the Toronto Mediatheque


The following is a guest post by Tanya Koivusalo. The NFB Mediatheque is thrilled to host a Masterclass and screening on November 13th to celebrate the work of Oscar®-nominated animator Koji Yamamura. He is the most successful auteur animation filmmaker in Japan today, and his work is internationally renowned. This special programme, co-curated by Michael


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