Our educational offerings are in the spotlight here. These posts highlight the educational potential of our film collection, as well as specific ways in which our movies can be used in the classroom and beyond, including links to CAMPUS for subscribers.


Welcome to the Uncanny Valley: A sneak peek at Chris Landreth’s new film, Subconscious Password

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The following is a guest post from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Chris Landreth about his upcoming release, Subconscious Password. *** Subconscious Password, my latest short film, travels to the inner mind of a fellow named Charles Langford, as he struggles to remember the name of his friend at a party. In his subconscious, he encounters a game more »


How to Build an ᐃᒡᓗ

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This is a guest post written by Laurence Desrosiers-Guité, NFB Education Specialist, and Dan Thornhill, Coordinator of Technical Support, NFB Education. The word “igloo” originates from iglu, meaning “house” in Inuktitut, the language of the Canadian Inuit. Written references to igloos date back to the 16th century. Inuit hunters used them as temporary houses during the cold more »

Out in Schools

Announcing the 2013 Rise Against Homophobia Youth Short Video Contest


This is a guest post by Ross Johnstone, Director of Programs for Out in Schools & Out On Screen. Out in Schools is a BC-based high school outreach initiative that brings LGBTQ films into the classroom to facilitate dialogue on homophobia and bullying.To date, Out in Schools has reached more than 35,000 students through interactive, more »

Connect 2013

Come meet the NFB at Connect 2013


The National Film Board of Canada is a proud Association Partner of Connect 2013: Canada’s National Learning and Technology Conference, taking place May 6 and 7 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Drop by Exhibitor Booth 99 to meet the NFB Education team and learn about CAMPUS, our online media resource for more »


Hyperlocal | The Big Picture, with Sean Embury & Steve Lindenberg


* This is a guest post from NFB Interactive producer Jennifer Moss. Sean Embury is a digital media guru who runs his own company, Fulscrn. He recently teamed up with us here at the NFB’s Digital Studio to create Hyperlocal, an exciting series of interactive projects based on stories of local change. We faced a more »

Big Drive

9 Acclaimed New NFB Films for Children and Youth, for Your Classroom and Library Collection


The American Library Association has selected the NFB animated films Big Drive, 55 Socks and Kali the Little Vampire for its 2013 list of Notable Children’s Videos. In addition, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has included the NFB titles Big Mouth, A Sea Turtle Story, The Chocolate Farmer, Petra’s Poem, Pink Ribbons, Inc. and Surviving more »

NFB Space School

NFB Space School Takes Off April 22


Got kids who love science, space and all things astronaut? Starting April 22, the NFB is inviting all kids aged 11-15 to grab front row seats to Chris Hadfield’s historic mission as the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS) with NFB Space School, a brand-new interactive experience designed just for them. Melding more »


Hyperlocal: Integrating Past and Present in Interactive Design


This is a guest post from NFB Interactive producer Jennifer Moss. Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons are the dynamic creative duo known in the back alleys and coffee shops of Vancouver as “The Goggles.” They are the creators behind the NFBs wonderful interactive documentary about a vanished Canadian town, Welcome to Pine Point, and were more »

Unsuitable Actions

Reel Talk: Using NFB Films during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, May 2013


This post was written by Ashley Catania, an NFB Education Specialist based in Toronto. Ashley is an advocate for creating awareness about gender equality and violence against women and children, and for bringing about social change through media. Warning: This post contains difficult subject matter and is intended for educators and parents. Please review all more »


Learning through Empathy: New Resources for Teachers


The “Learning  through Empathy” Playlists for Educators How do a family, a school and a community benefit from empathy? Empathy allows us to see the world from divergent and even opposing perspectives, and to experience the feelings of another person or group. It’s an essential component in our ethnically and culturally diverse country—and in our more »


NFB Interactive: Hyperlocal features 5 projects by 5 Canadian writers


This is a guest post from NFB Interactive producer Jennifer Moss. This post originally appeared on the CBC website. *** The Hyperlocal project is a terrific collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Canada Writes. The NFB’s challenge was to create a collection of interactive stories based on personal essays about local more »


3D Stereoscopy: A Q&A with producer Marc Bertrand

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This post originally appeared in French on the blog. *** In my last post, I provide a summary of a master class on stereoscopy given by Marc Bertrand, producer at the NFB’s Animation and Youth Studio, during the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM). At the end of his presentation, he was kind enough more »