NFB’s Hothouse seeks submissions from new artists

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National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board of Canada

Got an idea for an ani­ma­tion project cre­ated with new technologies?

For its eighth year, the National Film Board of Canada’s Hot­house pro­gram is issu­ing a call for sub­mis­sions for emerg­ing ani­ma­tors across Canada, one that will fea­ture an empha­sis on dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and a Genie-winning ani­ma­tor as men­tor­ing director.

Hot­house offers new film­mak­ers, cre­ative pro­gram­mers and artists intrigued by ani­ma­tion art a 12-week paid appren­tice­ship at the NFB’s Oscar-winning Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio in Mon­treal, where they can cre­ate their own short work with help from ani­ma­tion and dig­i­tal media experts, as well as top-notch NFB tech­ni­cal and post-production personnel.

This year, the men­tor­ing direc­tor for Hot­house is Theodore Ushev, whose 2010 film Lipsett Diaries received the Genie Award for Best Ani­mated Short. He’ll be joined by asso­ciate pro­ducer Jelena Popovic and pro­ducer Michael Fukushima, who founded the Hot­house pro­gram in 2003 with for­mer Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio exec­u­tive pro­ducer David Verrall.

Called “Sheep Dreams,” this eighth edi­tion of Hot­house is designed for cre­ators who are look­ing to use emerg­ing tools and tech­nolo­gies, and take max­i­mum advan­tage of new hard­ware, soft­ware or plat­forms in their projects. These projects can be any­thing from a tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated story on an inter­ac­tive mobile OS, to inte­grat­ing sens­ing devices for spa­tial track­ing and gesture/facial/voice recog­ni­tion, to hack­ing a mean­ing­ful micro-narrative into exist­ing game engines.

The goal is to help emerg­ing artists cre­ate their own com­pelling 60-second expe­ri­ences, dri­ven by great ani­ma­tion sto­ry­telling and shaped by technology.

The Hot­house appren­tice­ship will take place in Mon­treal from March 5 to May 25. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is 5 p.m. Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 24.

Sub­mis­sions must be e-mailed to [email protected]. The six suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will be noti­fied by Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 3.

For com­plete info, visit or con­tact Jelena Popovic at hothouse(at) or (514) 496‑5466.

Forty-four short films have been pro­duced through Hot­house over its seven-year his­tory. Hot­house alumni include Patrick Doyon, whose ani­mated short Sun­day is cur­rently nom­i­nated for an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood, and Howie Shia, whose 2006 film Flut­ter received the Open Entries Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Awards.

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