If remembering the past is essential to understanding the present, remembering the NFB’s past is essential and occasionally totally hilarious. Consider for example Keep Your Mouth Shut, a 1944 animated short by Norman McLaren. A surreal, macabre invitation to shush your mouth, the film is fascinating for a number of reasons: It is one of more »
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Did you know the NFB started off as a producer and distributor of wartime propaganda films? If you live in Montreal, there is an event in town this evening that seeks to shine a light on this important part of the Film Board’s past. Presented through the Canadian Center for Architecture’s Architecture in Uniform: Designing more »
As many of you know, the National Film Board played a central role during World War II. Created in 1939, a few months before the hostilities began, the NFB fell headlong into the production and distribution of wartime films. Though its original mandate was to “educate Canadians and foster national unity”, propaganda and news production more »
The story behind the World in Action theatrical series of propaganda films
Collections Expert Marc St-Pierre talks about how, and why, the NFB came into being.
Headline Hunters by ONFB , National Film Board of Canada Canada Carries On! Just six months after its creation, the National Film Board was faced with a major challenge. With the start of the Second World War, production would have to be altered. Not only would the NFB’s mandate be to show Canada to Canadians more »