A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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This Spring break, the NFB runs away and joins the circus!

Press release


Montreal, February 6, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) wants you and your family to join us as we run away to the circus this year during Spring break! Movies and circus-inspired activities abound! Screening once every hour, the animated film Rose & Violet (Onion Factory/ Samsa Film/NFB), by Luc Otter and Claude Grosch, will propel you into the world of the Big Top, while a whole gamut of exciting activities will enchant kids (and parents) from March 5 to 11, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the NFB CineRobotheque. Your adventure will take two hours. All screenings and activities are in French. Cost: $5 for the film and accompanying activities. Free for kids 12 and under. No reservation necessary.

Rose & Violet

This animated short tells the story of conjoined twins who are recruited as star acrobats for the world's biggest circus. They seem bound for glory, but when a new strongman joins the troupe, a conflict turns tragic. In the strange and wonderful world of Rose and Violet, life can be cruel . . . but chickens play guitar, dogs dance the polka and people who love each other always get together in the end.

Whole gamut of activities

The École de cirque de Verdun is partnering with the NFB, loaning sets and props—a circus tent, a trapeze, funhouse mirrors—and even providing some of its performers and jugglers. Kids can move from one activity to another and get into the circus spirit captured by the film Rose & Violet. They can enjoy the following:


Rose & Violet (26 min) will screen once every hour, for kids eight and up. Children between four and eight years of age can enjoy a program of animated shorts especially selected for their age group.

Sound Effects

You can play with sound effects and become a foley artist for a day. Recreate part of the Rose & Violet soundtrack!

Film Shoot

Under the Big Top, kids and parents can learn how to create their own stop-motion animation. Morph into a monster tamer or turn into a tightrope walker on a film set. Become a star in your own short film!

Special Effects

Using tricks and special effects, you can become part of a scene from the film Rose & Violet . . . and take home a great photo as proof of your technical wizardry.

Creating Characters

A special station will be set up where you can recreate the film's characters on a magnetic board.


Check out workshops led by a juggler from the École de cirque de Verdun and get a taste of the circus ambiance created by the performers!

About the NFB

Canada's public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established 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. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world's leading video portals, while the NFB's growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.

The National Film Board of Canada's showcase in the heart of Montreal, the CineRobotheque is a multimedia centre providing outstanding access to NFB films, filmmakers and expertise. The CineRobotheque offers a one-of-a-kind cinema experience: Visitors can enjoy close to 10,000 films on personal viewing stations, a rich program of public screenings with debates and discussions, educational workshops as well as a DVD sales and rental counter. For more information, visit nfb.ca/cinerobotheque or call 514-496-6887.



Pat Dillon                         
NFB Publicist                        
Telephone: 514-283-9411                
Cell: 514-206-1750                   
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca               

Lily Robert
Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca