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To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman McLaren - McLaren Now: an inspired and inspiring animation program

Press release


April 10, 2014 – Montreal, Quebec – National Film Board of Canada

Beginning April 11, the NFB, in partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, will present McLaren Now free of charge at NFB.ca. This brilliant selection is composed of animated works by some of Norman McLaren's artistic heirs, including such renowned contemporary creators as Oerd van Cuijlenborg, Steven Woloshen, Rose Bond and Billy Roisz.

This innovative program was designed by Marcel Jean, Artistic Director of the Annecy Festival, the world's most prestigious animation festival.

Two similar film programs will be launched at the Annecy Festival, running from June 9 to 14. They will subsequently be presented at festivals and events in Canada and elsewhere around the world before becoming available at NFB.ca.

McLaren Now is part of a series of events organized by the NFB in collaboration with partners in Canada and abroad to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of this great pioneer of animation. It is a tribute to his immense artistic legacy as well as his spirit of innovation and exploration, which are still alive and vibrant today.

Quick Facts

•     At NFB.ca: Films in the McLaren Now program, starting April 11:

Hen Hop by Norman McLaren (Canada, 1942)
Notes on a Triangle by René Jodoin (Canada, 1966)
Korean Alphabet by Kim In Tae (Canada, 1967)
Jazzimation by Oerd van Cuijlenborg (Netherlands, 1999)
SNIP by Steven Woloshen (Canada, 2004)
ElectroFlux by Rose Bond (Canada/United States, 2008)
Zounk! by Billy Roisz (Austria, 2012)
Synchromy by Norman McLaren (Canada, 1971)

•    Events in collaboration with partners:

•     In Montreal: McLaren Wall-to-Wall will be presented by the NFB and the Quartier des Spectacles from April 11 to June 1. This architectural pathway will consist of seven tailor-made video works projected onto seven building façades in the Quartier des Spectacles. The selection includes three interactive works by Montreal creators, along with four winning films from the international competition. The winning artists are from Spain, France and Japan.

•     In Scotland and elsewhere in the United Kingdom: McLaren 2014, a broad program of cultural events, has been organized by the Centre for the Moving Image in Edinburgh in collaboration with the NFB. From April 11 to August 3, special exhibitions, screenings, workshops and performances will pay tribute to McLaren.

•    In France: The exhibition Norman McLaren en héritage will run from April 30 to June 16 at the Musée-Château in Annecy. The exhibition illustrates McLaren's international influence on numerous artists, primarily through his correspondence.

•    Online: The public is also invited to discover or rediscover the McLaren's Workshop iPad app. The app provides an opportunity to watch 51 animated films by Norman McLaren and 11 documentaries about his animation techniques as well as to create animated works.


“Norman McLaren's artistic legacy has marked and built the NFB. This great filmmaker inspired generations of animators and helped make the institution a laboratory for experimentation and innovation, a true incubator for talent.” – Claude Joli-Coeur, Acting Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB

“McLaren Now is the affirmation that a McLaren family exists, a sort of giant family tree nourished by the fertile energy of this incomparable artist's work.” – Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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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 9 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