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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Free activities for the whole family. NFB joins festivities downtown for Nuit blanche à Montréal and March break.

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February 9, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

On Saturday, February 27, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be offering three free activities downtown during Nuit blanche à Montréal at the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, two of which will continue through March break, February 29 to March 4. There’s something for everyone: the NFB #GIFnTAKE booth, workshops featuring the StopMo Studio app, and a reimagining of Michèle Lemieux’s NFB-produced animated film Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici ( Here and the Great Elsewhere) projected onto the facade of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Design pavilion.

Jutra finalists featured in the #GIFnTAKE booth

Inspired by the classic photo booth, the #GIFnTAKE allows participants to appear in an excerpt from an NFB animated short and to interact with the film’s main character. The young and young at heart will have an opportunity to star in a number of NFB films throughout the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, including three Jutra-nominated animated shorts: Carface by Claude Cloutier, All the Rage by Alexandra Lemay, and My Heart Attack by Sheldon Cohen. Participants can take part alone or in small groups, and their performances are recorded and e-mailed to them as animated GIF files that can be shared on social media. The #GIFnTAKE booth welcomes people of all ages, including those with reduced mobility, from February 27 to March 5 at the corner of Balmoral and St. Catherine Streets.

The StopMo Studio app in the Hello Kongzi Dome

The NFB’s StopMo Studio app, released in March 2014 and selected as one of the best App Store apps of that year, will be featured in Chinese shadow-puppet workshops being held in the Hello Kongzi Dome. Workshop leaders will use the app to capture the work of participants and e-mail it to them. Dedicated to Confucius in honour of the festival’s Grand Featured City for 2016, Shenzhen, China, the Hello Kongzi Dome will be open February 18 to March 5 in Place des Festivals. Visit the festival website for workshop schedules.

Reimagining Michèle Lemieux’s Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici

A reimagining of Michèle Lemieux’s animated film Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici will be projected onto the facade of the UQAM Design pavilion during the Nuit blanche à Montréal event on February 27. The work was created by Charles Desmarais, a graduate of the graphic design program at UQAM’s School of Design, in collaboration with sound artist Sacha Radcliffe, a film production student at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Michèle Lemieux created Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici using the NFB’s Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen, the only one in the world that remains in use today.


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