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The NFB Film Club has movies for every month of the year, allowing libraries across the country to offer their members free screenings of shorts and features, documentaries, animated films and interactive works, either in person or online. The films are organized by relevant themes from January to December. From Black History Month (February) and National Indigenous History Month (June) to International Youth Day (August 12) and Pride Month (July), you’ll find everything you need to create inspiring programs.
This selection assembles 14 feature-length and 8 short documentaries from NFB studios across the country, providing a diversity of perspectives on experiences here and elsewhere. Examples include Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams’ moving Someone Like Me and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ hope-filled Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, not to mention the great Alanis Obomsawin’s must-see short film Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair.
A fascinating glimpse at the unique work and varied techniques of animation filmmakers at the NFB. This selection has six animated shorts, including the award-winning Centre-Sud Chronicles, by Richard Suicide, and Arctic Song, by Germaine Arnattaujuq (Arnaktauyok), Neil Christopher and Louise Flaherty; two series, including Magical Caresses, by Lori Malépart-Traversy; and the six short films of Hothouse 13, an NFB apprenticeship for emerging animation filmmakers.
New interactive productions
These three projects, which have won acclaim at national and international festivals, afford viewers an opportunity to experience new narrative forms: THIS IS NOT A CEREMONY, by Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon), Brainstream, by Caroline Robert, and The Book of Distance, by Randall Okita.
FILMS FOR EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR
January – Dry January
February – Black History Month
To honour the contributions of Canada’s Black communities and highlight seldom-heard voices and stories, the NFB offers an animated short and three documentaries, including the feature-length films True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball, by Ryan Sidhoo, and John Ware Reclaimed, by Cheryl Foggo.
March – International Women’s Day
Three documentaries offering a wide range of perspectives on Canadian women’s experiences, including In Full Voice, by Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski, and Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again, by Courtney Montour.
April – Earth Day
May – Asian Heritage Month
This selection showcases the social and cultural contributions of Canadians of Asian origin with four documentaries, including the feature-length film Far from Bashar, by Pascal Sanchez, and the short Highway to Heaven, by Sandra Ignagni.
June – National Indigenous History Month
This selection features three short documentaries and an animated short by filmmakers from various Indigenous nations, including Jennie Williams’ award-winning Nalujuk Night.
July – Pride Month
Four documentaries illustrate various issues and experiences faced by 2SLGBTQI+ communities, including Paul Émile d’Entremont’s feature-length film Standing on the Line, which breaks the code of silence around gay athletes in amateur and professional sports.
August – International Youth Day (August 12)
The eight animated shorts in this selection will delight young viewers with classics like The Cat Came Back, by Cordell Barker, and more recent but equally entertaining films like Anita Lebeau’s Big Drive. Fun and laughter guaranteed.
September – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)
These four films—three documentaries (including Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s Holy Angels) and a drama (Tim Wolochatiuk’s We Were Children)—examine the atrocities committed at Canada’s residential schools, and their consequences.
October – Canadian Library Month
A wide variety of works to highlight the importance of libraries and books: the feature-length documentary Assholes: A Theory, by John Walker, inspired by the eponymous book by Aaron James, along with the animated shorts Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life, based on the book by Maurice Sendak, and Nadine, by Patrick Péris.
November – Remembrance Day
This selection features three films honouring the men and women who’ve served our country in various conflicts, including Claude Guilmain’s documentary The Van Doos: 100 Years with the Royal 22e Régiment.
December – The holidays
Come celebrate the holidays with us! Included in this selection: the fun new animated web series The Great List of Everything – Season 2, by Francis Papillon and the animated classic The Great Toy Robbery, by Jeff Hale.
For more information about the NFB Film Club or to organize an in-person or online screening, please contact:
Florence François, Programming Agent
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