Founded in 2005, it is the largest collection of Sea Ray information on the internet. [94] In 2018-19, 48% of NFB works were directed by women (38% by men and 14% by mixed teams), and 44% of the NFB production budget was allocated to works created by women (41% for works by men and 15% for works by mixed teams). This short film from the Filmmaker-in-Residence project is a provocative and transformative dialogue between homeless mothers and healthcare professionals who deliver babies. [174], The Kid Who Couldn't Miss (1982) cast doubt on the accomplishments of Canadian World War I flying ace Billy Bishop, sparking widespread outrage, including complaints in the Senate subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs.[175]. [15], In this period, other NFB films were issued as newsreels, such as The War Is Over (1945), intended for theatrical showings. Commentary 75. [76] Films from the Nunavut Animation Lab include Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's 2010 digital animation short Lumaajuuq, winner of the Best Aboriginal Award at the Golden Sheaf Awards and named Best Canadian Short Drama at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The NFB has received more than 110 Golden Sheaf Awards from the Yorkton Film Festival. Budget-wise, 43 per cent of production funds were given to projects led by women (vs. 40 per cent to projects directed by men and 15 per cent to ones overseen by mixed teams). These revenues are from print sales, film production services, rentals, and royalties, and total up to $10 million yearly; the NFB lists this as Respendable Revenues in its financial statements. [12], In 1938, the Government of Canada invited John Grierson, a British documentary film producer who introduced the term "documentary" to English-speaking film criticism, to study the state of the government's film production. From 1941 to 1984, the Division commissioned freelance photographers to document every aspect of life in Canada. Launched in 1968, the logo symbolized a vision of humanity and was called "Man Seeing / L'homme qui voit". The organization has a hierarchical structure headed by a Board of Trustees, which is chaired by the Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson. [82] After only five months' training about various aspects of filmmaking, participants worked on community development projects and research for future films. [84][85] A documentary was also made about the effort to increase aboriginal representation in filmmaking.[86]. The NFB continued to be involved with IMAX breakthroughs at subsequent world's fairs, with NFB director Donald Brittain directing the first-ever IMAX film Tiger Child for Expo 70 in Osaka, and with the NFB producing the first full-colour IMAX-3D film Transitions for Expo 86 in Vancouver and the first 48 fps IMAX HD film Momentum for Seville Expo '92. nfb.ca Iceland on the Prairies This film tells the inspiring story of the rise of the Icelandic communities in western Canada and their fine contribution to the Canadian heritage. [77], In 2005, the NFB introduced its "First Stories" program for emerging Indigenous directors from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Director General, Creation and Innovation: René Bourdages. There was a French Unit that was responsible for versioning films into French but it was headed by an Anglophone. [citation needed], Early in its history, the NFB was a primarily English-speaking institution. Sweeney's recent credits include the online interactive animation work, Bla Bla. Outside Quebec, French language productions are also made in Moncton (Studio Acadie)[9] and Toronto (Canadian Francophone Studio). This introspective short animation takes place In the village of Carcross, in the Tagish First Nation. These images were widely distributed through publication in various media. [43][44] The NFB is a pioneer in interactive web documentaries, helping to position Canada as a major player in digital storytelling, according to transmedia creator Anita Ondine Smith,[45] as well as Shari Frilot, programmer for Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier program for digital media. [2] The NFB reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In 2016-2017, 44 per cent of NFB productions were directed by women (compared to 51 per cent directed by men and five per cent by mixed teams). Jeremy Mendes is an interactive artist producing English-language interactive works for the NFB, whose projects include a collaboration with Leanne Allison (Being Caribou, Finding Farley) on the webdoc Bear 71. The results of Grierson's report were included in the National Film Act of 1939. [120] 55 of the NFB's 75 Oscar nominations have been for its short films.[121]. Most of the content is available to everyone, some of it is restricted to the US. Here, past and present blend, myth and reality meet, and the metaphor of fire infuses all in a location that lies at the heart of this Native community’s spiritual and cultural memory. These films were based on current news and often tackled wartime events as well as contemporary issues in Canadian culture. In the early 1970s, two Quebec political documentaries, Denys Arcand's On est au coton and Gilles Groulx's 24 heures ou plus, were initially withheld from release by the NFB due to controversial content. The unit's first release was The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968), described as "the first NFB film to present First Nations experience from an Indigenous point of view. National Film Board 2021-01-15T11:17:19-05:00 Feature-length documentary and three interactive works showcased at IDFA. 2008: The NFB announces a Strategic Plan that includes its first digital strategy. The film was the centrepiece of a $4.5 million pavilion, which attracted over 1.3 million visitors in 1967, and was co-directed by Roman Kroitor, Colin Low and Hugh O'Connor, and produced by Tom Daly and Kroitor. For the Argentine organization, see, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson. From documentaries about Biggie and Tupac to the Secret Life of Cats , there’s a lot to choose from. Based in Ottawa, 90% of its staff were English and the few French Canadians in production worked with English crews. In 1989, it received an Honorary Award from the Academy "in recognition of its 50th anniversary and its dedicated commitment to originate artistic, creative and technological activity and excellence in every area of filmmaking. [35] Generally starring non-professional actors, these films used a documentary format to present a fictionalized story and were generally scripted by the filmmakers and the cast through a process of improvisation, and are thus classified as docufiction. [164], As of 2016, NFB web documentaries have won 17 Webby Awards, presented International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for excellence on the internet. Up to that date, the Government Motion Picture Bureau, established in 1918, had been the major Canadian film producer. "[119] On January 23, 2007, the NFB received its 12th and most recent Academy Award, for the animated short The Danish Poet, directed by Torill Kove and co-produced with MikroFilm AS (Norway). An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB produces and distributes documentary films, animation, web documentaries, and alternative dramas. And in NFB annual reports of the time, French films were listed under "foreign languages". Neighbourhood pillar Grandma Kay tell the local children the tale of how Crow brought fire to people. Pedagogical evaluations and study guides are only available to CAMPUS subscribers. [170] In 2015, the NFB-co-produced webdoc Seven Digital Deadly Sins received three People's Voice Awards, chosen by the public online, at the 2015 Webby Awards. [41], The NFB was licensed by IMAX Corporation to develop new artistic applications using its SANDDE system for hand-drawn stereoscopic computer animation, with the NFB producing a number of films including Falling in Love Again (2003) and Subconscious Password (2013).[42]. [92][93], While it is claiming success, directing credits and budget shares have barely changed. [107], The division's work is the subject of a 2013 book by Carleton University art professor Carol Payne entitled The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971, published by the McGill-Queen's University Press. [109] In September 2013, the Université du Québec à Montréal announced that it had acquired the CineRobotheque for its communications faculty. NFB-branded series Retrovision appeared on VisionTV, along with the French-language Carnets ONF series on APTN. [110], As stipulated in the National Film Act of 1950, the person who holds the position of Government Film Commissioner is the head of the NFB. [166] In 2011, Welcome to Pine Point received two Webbys, for Documentary: Individual Episode in the Online Film & Video category and Net art in the Websites category. [51][52], The NFB is also recognized as a leader in virtual reality,[53] with works such as the Webby Award-winning The Unknown Photographer, Way to Go and Cardboard Crash. In 1974, in conjunction with International Women's Year, the NFB created Studio D on the recommendation of long-time employee Kathleen Shannon. [38], McLaren's Oscar-winning Neighbours popularized the form of character movement referred to as pixilation, a variant of stop motion. [35], When Norman McLaren joined the organization in 1941, the NFB began production of animation. [28], In March 2012, the NFB's funding was cut 10%, to be phased in over a three-year period, as part of the 2012 Canadian federal budget. The NFB played a key role in both the Cinéma vérité and Direct Cinema movements, working on technical innovations to make its 16 mm synchronized sound equipment more light-weight and portable—most notably the "Sprocketape" portable sound recorder invented for the film board by Ches Beachell in 1955. Studio D was shut down in 1996, amidst a sweeping set of federal government budget cuts, which impacted the NFB as a whole. The vignettes became popular because of their cultural depiction of Canada, and because they represented its changing state, such as the vignette Faces which was made to represent the increasing cultural and ethnic diversity of Canada. [171], At the 2016 awards, the NFB received six more Webbys: Way to Go received the Webby and People's Voice awards in the Web/NetArt category as well as the Webby for Online Film & Video/VR: Gaming, Interactive or Real-Time. Constant video surveillance, satellite tracking, radio collars… sometimes it’s hard to tell where the wired world ends and the wild one begins - Bear 71 Influenced by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the NFB's Studio B production unit experimented with cinema verite in its 1958 Candid Eye series. [66] The NFB is a partner with China's ifeng.com on NFB Zone, the first Canadian-branded web channel in China, with 130 NFB animated shorts and documentary films available on the company's digital platforms. The round head in between then resembles a pupil, making the entire symbol appear to be an eye with legs. [73], In November 2011, the NFB and partners including the Inuit Relations Secretariat and the Government of Nunavut introduced a DVD and online collection entitled Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories, makes over 100 NFB films by and about Inuit available in Inuktitut and other Inuit languages, as well as English and French. SnagFilms is a pleasant blue and grey platform offering tons of film to watch for free. The National Film Board currently maintains its head office in Saint-Laurent, a borough of Montreal, in the Norman McLaren electoral district, named in honour of the NFB animation pioneer. As of December 2014, the 16th commissioner of the NFB is Claude Joli-Coeur, who first joined the NFB in 2003 and had previously served as interim commissioner. [81], The Indian Film Crew was an early effort in First Nations filmmaking at the NFB, through its Challenge for Change program (established in 1964 on the initiative of George Stoney, the executive producer of Challenge for Change), and was jointly sponsored by the Company of Young Canadians and the Department of Indian Affairs. From the 1970s by Pudlo Pudlat (Kinngait / Cape Dorset). ", "The National Film Board of Canada in the Year 2000: Action Plan, A New Charter for a New Century", "What's inside the new NFB iPhone App - NFB/blog", "The NFB Films iPad app is now available! [27], In 2010, the NFB released an iPad version of their app that streams NFB films, many in high definition. [163] In August 2011, the NFB received an outstanding technical achievement in digital media award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen, Category:National Film Board of Canada animated short films, IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Category:National Film Board of Canada people, Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry, The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein, The Man Who Planted Trees / L'homme qui plantait des arbres, The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg / Le garçon qui a vu l'iceberg, Lipsett Diaries / Les journaux de Lipsett, Higglety Pigglety Pop! [176] Released the following year, If You Love This Planet, winner of the Academy Award for best documentary short subject, was labelled foreign propaganda under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 in the United States. or There Must Be More to Life, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography, "Un territoire, deux districts électoraux", "L'ONF déménage dans le Quartier des spectacles à Montréal", "Digital is the future of film, television, new media, says Tom Perlmutter", "NFB's Ontario Studio gets new Toronto digs", "FEDERAL BUDGET 2016: Arts community had better spend its budget money wisely", Connected worlds: history in transnational perspective, Volume 2004, "Propaganda Cinema at the NFB – The World in Action", "Five Filmmakers in Conversation with Gerald Pratley", "National Film Board of Canada/Office national du film du Canada", "Canadian Film Policy: History of Federal Initiatives", "Challenge for Change launched, a participatory media approach to citizenship education", "Films, Tourists, and Bears in the National Parks: Managing Park Use and the Problematic 'Highway Bum' Bear", "Canada Vignettes: Essential Canadiana, eh! The animation department eventually gained distinction, particularly with the pioneering work of McLaren, an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker. Imagine your hometown never changed. [98], As of 2015, the NFB is organized along the following branches:[99]. Twelve five-minute films were produced through the program, with four from each province. [74][75], In November 2006, the National Film Board of Canada and the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation announced the start of the Nunavut Animation Lab, offering animation training to Nunavut artists. Pudlo welc... omed the changes brought about by modern life into the Arctic (example in his work - the airplanes, which he adopted as one of his preferred subjects). It was designed by Georges Beaupré. The NFB was founded in part to create propaganda in support of the Second World War. [58], In October 2009, the NFB launched an iPhone application that was downloaded more than 170,000 times and led to more than 500,000 film views in the first four months. Other key cinéma vérité films during this period included Lonely Boy (1961) and Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965). [63][64] In January 2013, it was announced that the NFB film app would be available for the BlackBerry 10, via the BlackBerry World app store. [11], As part of the 2016 Canadian federal budget, the NFB will receive an additional $13.5 million in funding, spread out over a five-year period. First Stories was followed by "Second Stories," in which three filmmakers from the previous program—Gerald Auger, Tessa Desnomie and Lorne Olson—were invited back to create 20 minute films. (June 1983): pp68(7). [165] In 2010, the NFB website Waterlife, on the state of the Great Lakes, won in the Documentary: Individual Episode category. It has English-language and French-language production branches. Finance, Operations and Technology: Director General: Luisa Frate, Marketing and Communications: Director General: Jérôme Dufour. Caroline Leaf used this technique on films such as The Metamorphosis Of Mr. Samsa and The Owl Who Married A Goose. The series became the subject of an inquiry by the Senate. [1]  Production personnel are between 10-25%. English-language production occurs at centres in Toronto (Ontario Centre), Vancouver (Pacific & Yukon Centre, located in the Woodward's Building), Edmonton (North West Centre), Winnipeg (Prairie Centre), and Halifax (Atlantic Centre). Articles, timelines & resources for teachers, students & public. [168] In 2013, Bear 71 received the Webby for best net art. [94], Hothouse, a program for emerging animators that marked its tenth anniversary in 2015. Neighbourhood pillar Grandma Kay tell the local children the tale of how Crow brought fire to people. Learn more, How People Got Fire, Daniel Janke, provided by the National Film Board of Canada, provided by the National Film Board of Canada, The Owl Who Married a Goose: An Eskimo Legend. After Expo, Kroitor left the NFB to co-found what would become known as IMAX Corporation, with Graeme Ferguson and Robert Kerr. [32][87][88], Notable films produced by the studio include three Academy Award-winning documentaries I'll Find a Way (1977), If You Love This Planet (1982) and Flamenco at 5:15 (1983), as well as Not a Love Story (1982) and Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (1992). He would go on to refine his technique make a series of hand-drawn films at the NFB during and after the Second World War, most notably Boogie-Doodle (1940), Hen Hop (1942), Begone Dull Care (1949) and Blinkity Blank (1955). Montreal, March 4, 2019 – On March 4, to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), in collaboration with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), is launching Clit-me (nfb.ca/clitme), a five-minute mobile interactive game that takes a light-hearted and open approach to female sexual satisfaction. [118] The first-ever Oscar for documentary went to the NFB production, Churchill's Island. [17], During the 1940s and early 1950s, the NFB employed 'travelling projectionists' who toured the country, bringing films and public discussions to rural communities. Past graduates include Michèle Cournoyer, who took part in the program's 9th edition in 1989. [70], On June 20, 2017, the NFB announced a three-year plan entitled "Redefining the NFB's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples" that commits the organization to hiring more Indigenous staff, designating 15% of its production spending for Indigenous works and offering cross-cultural training to all employees. The plan also sees the NFB building on its relationships with Canadian schools and organizations to create more educational materials about Indigenous peoples in Canada. [162], In June 2011, NFB received the Award of Excellence in Interactive Programming from the Banff World Media Festival. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map. In total, the NFB has produced over 3,000 productions since its inception,[1] which have won over 5,000 awards. As a result of cuts imposed by 2012 Canadian federal budget, by 2015 the NFB's public funding will be reduced by $6.7 million, to $60.3 million. Moreover, in 1997 the American cable channel Cartoon Network created a weekly 30-minute show called O Canada specifically showcasing a compilation of NFB-produced works; the segment was discontinued in favour of Adult Swim. In May 2015, the CFC and NFB announced a new version of the program entitled the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab. It is overseen by the Board of Trustees Secretariat and Legal Affairs. [16], In 1967, the creation of the Canadian Film Development Corporation (now known as Telefilm Canada) refined the mandate for the National Film Board. [10] The NFB also offers support programs for independent filmmakers: in English, via the Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) and in French through its Aide du cinéma indépendant – Canada (ACIC) program. (political aspects of Academy Awards, 1983).Richard Grenier. The politicized Oscar. [60] The NFB introduced a free iPad application in July 2010,[61] followed by its first app for the Android platform in March 2011. [47][48], Loc Dao is the executive producer and "creative technologist" responsible for NFB English-language digital content and strategy, based in the Woodward's Building in Vancouver. The NFB's French-language animation unit was founded in 1966 by René Jodoin. With small satellite offices in Winnipeg and St. John's. The arms are met by an arch that mirrors them. Other controversial productions included the 1981 film Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography, a 1981 Studio D documentary critiquing pornography that was itself banned in the province of Ontario on the basis of pornographic content. This technique was also used on Caroline Leaf's film The Street. Filmmaker-in-Residence, a project by Katerina Cizek about St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, was named best online documentary series at the 2008 Webbys. 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