NFB Offering Free Animation Films and Workshops

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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada is launch­ing the sixth edi­tion of Get Ani­mated!, bring­ing many of the country’s finest and fun­ni­est ani­mated films to com­mu­ni­ties across Canada in cel­e­bra­tion of Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Day (Sun­day, Octo­ber 28).

Tak­ing place this year from Fri­day, Octo­ber 26 to Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 10, Get Ani­mated! will bring the magic of ani­ma­tion to over 30 cen­tres, in every province and ter­ri­tory, with screen­ing pro­grams for audi­ences of all ages, work­shops and more. And it’s all absolutely free!

Get Ani­mated! is com­ing to a loca­tion near you, in:

Abbots­ford, BC (Octo­ber 27 and 30)
Cal­gary (Novem­ber 2 and 4)
Char­lot­te­town (Novem­ber 2 and 4)
Edmon­ton (Novem­ber 7)
Flin Flon (Octo­ber 28)
Hal­i­fax (Octo­ber 26 and 27)
Iqaluit (Novem­ber 8 )
Miramichi, NB (Octo­ber 28)
Monc­ton (Octo­ber 27 and 30)
Mon­treal (Octo­ber 27)
New West­min­ster (Novem­ber 7 and 8 )
Prince George (Novem­ber 2 and 4)
Regina (Novem­ber 2, 3 and 10)
Rich­mond (Novem­ber 4)
St. John’s (Octo­ber 27, 28 and 31)
Saska­toon (Octo­ber 29, 30 and Novem­ber 1)
Stephenville, NL (Novem­ber 4)
Tata­m­agouche, NS (Octo­ber 28 )
Toronto (Octo­ber 27 and Novem­ber 1)
Van­cou­ver (Octo­ber 27 and 31)
Vic­to­ria (Novem­ber 7)
White­horse (Octo­ber 28)
Wind­sor (Novem­ber 3 and 4)
Win­nipeg (Octo­ber 26 and 27; Novem­ber 2 to 5)
Yel­lowknife (Octo­ber 29)
– and more!

Get Ani­mated! is pre­sented by the NFB in col­lab­o­ra­tion with local part­ners across Canada. For a com­plete and up-to-date sched­ule of screen­ings, visit

Get Ani­mated! pro­grams New Releases

The New Releases pro­gram fea­tures a daz­zling selec­tion of the NFB’s most acclaimed inter­na­tional co-productions, cre­ated by many of the world’s top ani­ma­tion directors.

High­lights include Georges Schwizgebel’s Genie Award-winning Canada-Switzerland co-production Romance; Franck Dion’s Canada-France co-production Edmond Was a Don­key, win­ner of a Spe­cial Jury Award at the Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val; Régina Pessoa’s Kali the Lit­tle Vam­pire, a France-Canada-Portugal-Switzerland co-production, recip­i­ent of the Hiroshima Prize at the Hiroshima Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val; Oscar nom­i­nee Paul Driessen’s lat­est NFB short, the Canada-Netherlands co-production Oedi­pus; and Pol­ish film­maker Kamil Polak’s inter­na­tional co-production The Lost Town of Switez, win­ner of 10 awards.

Fam­ily Program

Get Ani­mated! also offers kid-friendly ani­ma­tion fun for all.

The “Not So Scary Sto­ries” pro­gram of ani­mated films fea­tures Lynn Smith’s The Sound Col­lec­tor, the quirky tale of a 6-year-old who col­lects sounds, along with Antoine Lan­ci­aux and Pierre-Luc Granjon’s col­or­ful and charm­ing fairy tale Boni­fa­cio in Sum­mer­time – per­fect films for chil­dren ages 5 and up.

Friends and Mon­sters” is ideal for the 10+ crowd, with Cather­ine Arcand’s Night­mare at School, a humor­ous look at the unset­tling expe­ri­ence of being in a new school; Claude Grosch and Luc Otter’s Rose & Vio­let, about a very unusual set of twins’ and Paula Gillgannon’s vignette The Big Swing, from the NFB’s renowned Hot­house pro­gram for young animators.


Hands-on work­shops will accom­pany the Fam­ily Pro­gram in a num­ber of Cana­dian cities, giv­ing par­tic­i­pants the thrill of being part of an ani­ma­tion film crew while mak­ing their own short film.

Work­shops in Toronto and Mon­treal on Octo­ber 27 will fea­ture pup­pet ani­ma­tion, with par­tic­i­pants invited to bring cos­tumes and story ideas. To reg­is­ter for the Toronto work­shop, or for more infor­ma­tion, call 1–800-267‑7710; for the Mon­treal work­shop, call (514) 283‑9000. Both work­shops include a half-hour pro­gram of ani­mated short films. Work­shops are offered in Eng­lish or French, based on demand. Pre-registration is required for the work­shop; screen­ings are open to every­one. For com­plete info on these and other Get Ani­mated! work­shops, visit

Indus­try Events

Get Ani­mated! will include free events for ani­ma­tion film­mak­ers and stu­dents — how­ever, these indus­try events are open to the pub­lic, too.

High­lights will include a pre­sen­ta­tion about the NFB’s Hot­house pro­gram by pro­ducer Michael Fukushima and indus­try pan­els led by Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio exec­u­tive pro­ducer Roddy McManus.

List of indus­try events:

Panel dis­cus­sion with Roddy McManus: Car­bon Arc cin­ema (Hal­i­fax, Octo­ber 27, 3 p.m.)
Hot­house pre­sen­ta­tion with Michael Fukushima: Emily Carr Uni­ver­sity of Art and Design (Van­cou­ver, Octo­ber 31, 11:30 a.m.)
Panel dis­cus­sion with Roddy McManus: OCAD Uni­ver­sity (Toronto, Nov. 1, 6:00 p.m.)
Panel dis­cus­sion with Roddy McManus: ACAD (Cal­gary, Nov. 2, 1:00 p.m.)
Indus­try pre­sen­ta­tion with Roddy McManus: Université St-Boniface (Win­nipeg, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.)
Indus­try pre­sen­ta­tion with Roddy McManus: Win­nipeg Cin­e­math­eque (Win­nipeg, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.)

Visit for details.

Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Day, Octo­ber 28, is an annual cel­e­bra­tion in over 40 coun­tries, ini­ti­ated by the Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Asso­ci­a­tion (ASIFA) in 2002. Nor­man McLaren was the first pres­i­dent of ASIFA, and the NFB is proud to be bring­ing this global cel­e­bra­tion to Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year.

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