NFB Staff Picks 2018
Every year, our team partakes in a little activity that we’ve all become really fond of: our end-of-year staff picks. The rules are simple: the title has to have been added to NFB.ca in 2018 and be available for free viewing.
We have hundreds of films you can watch for free on our site, and this list is a fun little place for you to start watching the hidden gems you might have missed throughout the year.
Here are our picks for 2018. What were yours?
The Devil’s Share
The Devil’s Share takes you back to Quebec in the 1970s using excerpts from over 179 films in our collection. A masterpiece by filmmaker Luc Bourdon.
Skin for Skin
Who said Canadian history is boring? This dark, mesmerizing animated short dives back to the time of the fur trade, reminding us that nature has its limits and will not put up with human arrogance forever.
Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political
A wonderful film that introduces viewers to this extraordinary artist through archival footage and both public and private memoirs, while explaining her importance in the history of Quebec. An absolute must-see!
The Mountain of SGaana
What a whale of a love tale! This magical short invites you to dive into the story of a man pulled deep into the underworld, and the woman who rescues him. Filmmaker Christopher Auchter’s unique and vibrant blend of traditional Haida art and animation makes for a beautiful kaleidoscopic adventure you’re sure to enjoy.
In this animated short, filmmaker Torill Kove takes a poetic look at the unique relationship between parent and child.
Making a telephone call and accessing a transit service that picks you up at home? No, It isn’t the service you are thinking about. After all, this film was made in Regina…in 1973!
This 1957 drama from the Perspective TV series is one of the few films from that era to tackle the subject of burnout and the rat race. Although The Cage is more than 60 years old, its message is still valid today.
A fascinating look at the world of minor-league basketball in Toronto, which has gained a reputation as a talent hothouse among NBA scouts in recent years.
Kristin Catherwood’s short film Ride is an intimate look at Liam Marshall, a teenage boy in rural Saskatchewan training to become a bareback bronc rider, and the community helping to initiate Liam into this precarious sport.