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National Film Board of Canada
1500 Rue Balmoral, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2H7

As part of the Journées de la culture

Inside the NFB’s Creative Universe

Don’t miss the very first public event hosted by the NFB at its new Montreal headquarters in Îlot Balmoral, next to Place des Festivals!

Our new HQ is dedicated to creativity and sharing ideas, and it’s located right in the heart of downtown MTL. You can come by and visit areas that will be open to the public on October 1: the NFB Space and the Alanis Obomsawin Theatre.

Dive into the NFB’s creative universe and enjoy a range of exclusive activities, including a rare opportunity to take a selfie with a real Oscar®!

Continuous activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1

In the NFB Space:

  • Learn how an animated film is made, with Jean-François Lévesque, director of I, Barnabé, featuring an up-close look at the sets for this film.
  • Experience the virtual reality projects The Orchid and the Bee, by Frances Adair Mckenzie, and Biidaaban: First Light, by Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the NFB.
  • Take a picture with a real Oscar® statuette.
  • Explore the language of haptic vibrations as a tool that can contribute to storytelling, just as images and sound do with the research team of the OONDUUULAAAA project: co-creative directors Katherine Melançon and Jean-François Clermont and creative technologist Pierre Thirion.
  • Discover the set of Eva Cvijanović’s animated short Hedgehog’s Home. You will find the protagonist sleeping comfortably there!
  • Buy NFB films and stock up on merch.

In the Alanis Obomsawin Theatre:

  • Watch a fantastic lineup of documentary and animated films in our magnificent new state-of-the-art theatre. Each program runs 30 minutes, with both English and French screenings available.

Film Schedule:

10:15 – PROGRAM 1
A Sea Turtle Story / Une histoire de tortues
Kathy Shultz, 2012

True North E1 – The Roots & The Rise /
Direction nord Ép.1 – Des racines jusqu’au sommet
Ryan Sidhoo, 2018

11:00 – PROGRAM 2
Ice Breakers / La ligue oubliée
Sandamini Rankaduwa, 2020

Moi, Barnabé / I, Barnabé
Jean-François Lévesque, 2020

11:45 – PROGRAM 3
Hand.Line.Cod / Une main. Une ligne. Un poisson
Justin Simms, 2016

Hothouse 8 – Meltdown / Hothouse 8 – La fonte
Carrie Mombourquette, 2012

Comme un fleuve / Flowing Home
Sandra Desmazières, 2021

12:30 – PROGRAM 4
Evan’s Drum / Le tambour d’Evan
Ossie Michelin, 2015

Git Gob / Git Gob
Philip Eddolls, 2009

Moi, Barnabé / I, Barnabé
Jean-François Lévesque, 2020

13:15 – PROGRAM 5
Ramaillages Ép. 4 – Braises / Gatherings
E4 – Embers
Moïse Marcoux-Chabot, 2020

14:00 – PROGRAM 6
Neighbours / Voisins
Norman McLaren, 1952

Le bonheur de Lucien / Lucien’s Happiness
Nathalie Hébert, 2019

14:45 – PROGRAM 7
Christmas at Moose Factory
Alanis Obomsawin, 1971

Isabelle au bois dormant / Sleeping Betty
Claude Cloutier, 2007

In the Garden On The Farm / Un Jardin à la ferme
Kristin Catherwood, 2020

15:30 – PROGRAM 8
Five@50 Series:
Handmade Mountain / Statut matrimonial
Michèle Pearson Clarke, 2019

Woman Dress / Woman Dress
Thirza Cuthand, 2019

The Bassinet / Le berceau
Tiffany Hsiung, 2019

The Hook Up / Aventures d’un soir
Michael V. Smith, 2019

Reviving the Roost / Retour au Roost
Vivek Shraya, 2019

Practical info:

Address: 1500 Rue Balmoral, next to Place des Festivals (Place-des-Arts metro station).

This event is fully accessible by people with mobility impairments.

Free wi-fi access available.

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