The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)—Canada’s public film producer and distributor—has achieved global recognition for delivering innovative and highly creative media productions. Much of the NFB’s output is serious in nature, however a lighter side is revealed in their fantastically creative, highly entertaining animated shorts. I’m sure the students learning animation in RRC’s Digital Media Design program would find inspiration in this award-winning animation (please note that RRC network log in is required to view).
Torill Kove, National Film Board of Canada
“This animated short by Torill Kove marks the NFB’s 73rd Oscar® nomination! With a bright palette and witty dialogue, the film tells the charming story of a seven-year-old girl and her sisters, who ask for a bicycle knowing full well that their loving yet unconventional parents will likely disappoint them.”—NFB website. Winner of 2 awards and 3 nominations.
Chris Landreth, National Film Board of Canada
“This Oscar®-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist’s worst nightmare – succumbing to addiction, panhandling on the streets to make ends meet. Through computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend to shed light on his downward spiral. Some strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.”—NFB website. Winner of 27 awards and 2 nominations.
Theodore Ushev, National Film Board of Canada
“Recycling elements of surrealism and cubism, this animated short by Theodore Ushev focuses on the relationship between art and war. Propelled by the exalting “invasion” theme from Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony (No. 7), the film presents imagery of combat fronts and massacres, leading us from Dresden to Guernica, from the Spanish Civil War to Star Wars. It is at once a symphony that serves the war machine, that stirs the masses, and art that mourns the dead, voices its outrage and calls for peace.”—NFB website. Winner of 1 award and 7 nominations.
Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, National Film Board of Canada
“This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons.”—NFB website. Winner of 12 awards and 6 nominations.
Torill Kove, National Film Board of Canada
“This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. Kasper attempts to answer some pretty big questions: can we trace the chain of events that leads to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter? As Kasper’s quest for inspiration unfolds, it appears that a spell of bad weather, an angry dog, slippery barn planks, a careless postman, hungry goats and other seemingly unrelated factors might play important roles in the big scheme of things after all.”—NFB website. Winner of 9 awards and 2 nominations.
David Fine & Alison Snowden, National Film Board of Canada
“This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.”—NFB website. Winner of 3 awards and 3 nominations.
Richard Condie, National Film Board of Canada
“This poignant and hilarious animated film perfectly captures the intersection of a domestic quarrel and a global nuclear war. An Oscar® nominee enjoyed by millions of fans, this film is a classic example of Richard Condie’s off-the-wall humour.”—NFB website. Winner of 4 awards and 3 nominations.
⇒ Explore NFB’s animation collection
⇒ See a sample of students’ work in the Digital Media Design and 3D Computer Graphics programs at RRC:
- Learn Character Animation
- Design and Build Graphics for Video Games and Visual Effects for Movies
- Sample 3DCG Demo Reels