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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The NFB will be more present than ever in Canada’s francophone and francophile communities during the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Press release


Ottawa, March 7, 2014 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is embarking on another record year in its ninth consecutive year of participation in the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), whose 2014 theme is Discover the French Joie de Vivre! From March 7 to 23, the NFB is offering four film programs with more than 370 free screenings in 100 Canadian cities as well as an exclusive free Web offer at RVF.ca throughout the event. Francophones and francophiles across the country will have an opportunity to discover animated films made between 1944 and the present and documentaries exploring the joys of song and music,  all linked by a theme that combines historical perspectives and a sense of fun. This year's RVF provides the NFB with an opportunity for a double celebration: the institution is commemorating its 75th anniversary in 2014, a year that also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman McLaren, the great master of animated film.

At a theatre near you: four programs for all ages and tastes

The first program, which will be presented in 64 cities throughout Canada, brings together nine brilliant and funny short films that have contributed to the NFB's reputation over its 75 years of existence. The program includes two classics by Norman McLaren, C'est l'aviron and A Chairy Tale (Il était une chaise), made in 1944 and 1957 respectively. The animated films Catuor by Judith Klein (1970), Getting Started (Faut se grouiller) by Richard Condie (1983), Automania by Robert Awad (1994), the Oscar-winning The Danish Poet (Le poète danois) by Torill Kove (2006), Meltdown (La fonte) by Carrie Mombourquette (2012) and Soup of the Day (La soupe du jour) by Lynn Smith (2013) are also part of the lineup, along with the fiction short The Quiet Racket (Le campeur décampe) by Gerald Potterton (1967). Total running time: 65 min.

The NFB's second program includes the animated film Wiggles and Giggles (Foufou) by Sara Guindon and the feature-length À travers chants ( For a Song) by Tahani Rached, a documentary about the members of the Ensemble vocal d'Outremont that captures a world inhabited by extraordinary beings who can experience joy from a single musical note. Above all, they sing together, men and women of all ages and various backgrounds, transformed by the radiant glory of song. This selection will be presented in 37 cities across Canada. Total running time: 80 min.

The third program will be presented in 54 cities across the country and includes the animated short Joséphine by Anne-Marie Sirois, set to the lively folk rhythms of the Acadian band Zéro Celsius, and Symphonie Locass by Marco Dubé and Martine Asselin, a feature-length documentary on the group Loco Locass. Members of the group embark on a unique adventure with young people at a music camp. Over the course of a week in August, an orchestra composed of 70 young musicians and volunteer professionals at the camp set aside Mozart and Bach to play the syncopated compositions of this popular francophone rap group. Total running time: 57 min.

As a special treat for young audiences, for its fourth program the NFB has assembled six lively and playful animated short films from past and present: Opening Speech: McLaren (Discours de bienvenue de Norman McLaren) by Norman McLaren (1961), The Sweater (Le chandail) by Sheldon Cohen (1980), The Dingles (Les dingues) by Less Drew (1990), I Want a Dog (J'veux un toutou) by Sheldon Cohen (2003), Chez Madame poule ( At Home With Mrs. Hen) by Tali (2006) and The Girl Who Hated Books (La fille qui détestait les livres) by Jo Meuris (2006). This program will be shown in 72 Canadian cities. Total running time: 50 min.

From March 7 to 23, the NFB is also putting a free complementary program of six films online at RVF.ca, including four Web premieres: René Jodoin by Éric Barbeau, a portrait of the man who founded the NFB French Program's Animation Studio; Abegweit by Serge Morin, a documentary about the consequences of the construction of the Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island to the mainland; Sur la banquise ( On the Ice Floe) by Stéphane Lahoud, a documentary about the extraordinary encounter between an artist and ice fishermen in Rimouski; and Coucou, Monsieur Edgar! ( Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar!), an animated short especially for kids by Pierre M. Trudeau. The animated classics Alouette and Spheres (Sphères) by Norman McLaren and René Jodoin will also be available for viewing.

In addition to the RVF programming, audiences will be able to test their knowledge of the French-speaking world by visiting the Ta parole est en jeu interactive website and watching films on NFB.ca from the Showcase Francophonie playlist presented by RVF 2014 spokesperson Damien Robitaille.

Get the complete screening schedule under the NFB tab at the RVF.ca site.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.



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