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Need ideas? Check out this handy holiday gift guide

Need ideas? Check out this handy holiday gift guide

Need ideas? Check out this handy holiday gift guide

Don’t know what to get for the mediaphile who has everything? The NFB is coming to the rescue! Read on for a few nifty gift ideas for the film buff, artist, teacher, culture-lover, or NFB fan in your life. At this festive time of year, thoughtful and unique gifts are the name of the game.

You know what wraps nicely? A box set!

Royal 22e Regiment / Un Centenaire Glorieux - A Glorious CentennialOur latest beautifully-packaged box set, released just last month, is The Royal 22e Régiment: A Glorious Centennial. This brand new, limited-edition box set commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Van Doos battalion, Canada’s only French-speaking battalion, and features the new documentary The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Regiment. Watch the trailer:

The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Regiment (Trailer), Claude Guilmain, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

In addition to this film, the box set also includes two other NFB films about the Canadian Armed Forces: The Van Doos in Afghanistan (2011) and Front Lines (2008), as well as an animated short and an assortment of documentary vignettes.

You can buy the box set online at, Archambault, HMV, or Amazon. It’s also available in stores at major retailers across Canada, including Renaud-Bray, Archambault, HMV, Wal-Mart and Target. If you’d like to place your order by phone, give us a call: 1-800-267-7710.

Other fantastic box sets available in the NFB online store include Norman McLaren – The Master’s Edition, a 7-disc box set bringing together the complete works of Canada’s best known filmmaker, and Animation Express (Parts I and II), a collection of our best and brightest auteur animations, featuringamong other gemsthe work of Oscar® winners Torill Kove and Chris Landreth. Both of these box sets will make a great gift for your creative, artsy-fartsy types!

For the teacher in your life: a CAMPUS subscription

CAMPUS is the NFB’s stellar online educational resource. For an annual fee of $29.95, educators can have access to thousands of NFB titles in every form and genre—from documentary to animation, feature film to interactive—for classroom use.

Not only are these films a valuable teaching tool, but CAMPUS subscribers also have access to an immense bank of innovative teaching resources. Our guides, playlists and sharing features allow teachers to easily tailor lesson plans to students’ needs.

Click here for more information and to subscribe to CAMPUS.

Back and better than ever: the Roots x NFB collection

A couple of months back, we teamed up with iconic Canadian clothing retailer Roots to produce a limited-edition collection of hoodies and short and long-sleeved t-shirts that celebrates everything you love about the NFB.

The collection is composed of 8 unique pieces that feature the iconic NFB logo as well as images from the classic NFB animations Canada Vignettes: Log Driver’s Waltz and The Sweater. The original collection was composed of men’s items only (although they are absolutely as unisex as any ol’ t-shirt!), but Roots will be releasing a ladies’ collection very soon (any day now, in fact). Check the Roots website soon for the new items!


These make a great gift for your nostalgia-loving true patriot pals… nothing says “Classic Canadiana” like wearing the NFB logo, loud and proud! Shop the Roots x NFB collection online.

A great selection of apps on iTunes

Get the artist in your life an iTunes gift card and ask them what they think they could do with NFB StopMo Studio. This updated version of our stop motion animation app for iPad boasts several new features in both visual and audio editing, including automatic time-lapse photography, digital drawing, title cards, frame-to-frame transparency, new visual and sound effects, and more.

And the latest exciting news is that StopMo Studio was named one of the Best of 2014 by the App Store!

Check out this short intro video and see how easy and fun it is to use, for pros and amateurs alike!

Head over here to watch a short video on how you can make your own iPad tripod, since stop-motion animation requires the stillness of the camera.

Download the NFB StopMo Studio app for iPad. It’s only $2.99!

And discover all available NFBs apps here, including another one that’s great for creative types: McLaren’s Workshop. This app provides access to 51 works by animation pioneer Norman McLaren and lets users create their own films, exploring three groundbreaking animation techniques made famous by McLaren.

Start shopping!

We hope you’ve found this holiday gift guide useful. Remember: dad doesn’t need another darn tie or pair of socks. Get the ones you love a unique and thoughtful gift from the NFB. And happy holidays from your friendly public film producer!

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