Canada’s National Film Board at 75

The Danish Poet
The NFB’s Danish Poet, by Torill Kove, won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

The storied National Film Board of Canada celebrates its 75th anniversary this month.

Starting today, May 2, it will offer a celebratory selection of its work in the NFB free online “viewing room.”  The NFB describes itself this way:

  • Canada’s public film producer and distributor creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective, in both official languages of French and English.
  • It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world.
  • Its works are on television, in theatres, at public libraries and in the NFB’s two mediatheques and community-based screenings across the country; it also supplies schools.
  • “The NFB is recognized the world over as one of the great cultural laboratories for innovation” in documentary, animation and cross-platform media, and to pioneer developments in digital and stereoscopic animation.
  • Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the Screening Room as well as via apps for numerous devices.

The NFB’s 75th Anniversary by ONFB, National Film Board of Canada