Isabelle Lavigne holds a microphone boom while Stéphane Thibault operates the camera. Photo taken during the making of their 2007 documentary Junior, about junior hockey.

Projects in production and development at the NFB’s French Program

NFB Studio: Animation
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
LA GIROUETTE ANIMATION / Short Director:
LEVESQUE, JEAN-FRANCOIS

Producer:
Julie Roy

La Girouette recounts the initiatory journey of a suicidal priest tormented by his ego. A brief death experience brings him back to life. Fall 2016
CODA ANIMATION / Short Director:
POULIN, DENIS

Producer:
René Chénier

Co‑Producer:
Denis Poulin

CODA is an allegory whose subject matter and content involve dancing particles. As with any choreography, CODA’s choreography does not describe the events that comprise it. They are only depicted in an allusive way and are intended to have an effect on viewers by making them experience feelings and sensations. Summer 2014
AUTOS-PORTRAITS ANIMATION / Short Director:
CLOUTIER, CLAUDE

Producer:
Julie Roy

Autos Portraits is a grimacing tribute to the power of oil, a scathing ode to the beauty of sleekly designed cars that become monuments to the destruction of the planet. Winter 2015
ONDES & SILENCE ANIMATION / Short Réalisateurs:
BRYANT, DAVID; LEMIEUX, KARL

Producer:
Julie Roy

This highly atmospheric film bordering on the limits of the abstract and the figurative explores the subject of solitude and electromagnetic field intolerance syndrome (EMFIS), also known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EMHS). It is a commentary on the global uneasiness felt in the face of technological change. Fall 2014
JE NE SENS PLUS RIEN ANIMATION / Short Réalisateurs:
ROOSENS, CARL; MARSILY, NOÉMIE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
ZOROBABEL

A bittersweet day in the lives of a magician and a female firefighter. Perched atop an engine ladder, they experience the power of flames and illusion in an absurdist world populated by quirky characters. Spring 2016
DANS LES EAUX PROFONDES ANIMATION / Short Director:
VAN DEN BOOM, SARAH

Producer:
Julie Roy

Co‑Producer:
PAPY3D PRODUCTIONS

Paul, Aurore, Jean-Pierre have a personal and secret experience in common that seems to determine their lives…
MAMIE ANIMATION / Short Director:
NADEAU, JANICE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
FOLIMAGE

“My maternal grandmother was never all that interested in us grandkids. For the longest time, I wondered why she was that way. So I decided to make this film to seek my own answer to that question. When I was six, I took the train to visit my grandma in the summer. I only saw her two or three times over the next 28 years. So my most vivid memories of her are filtered through a child’s vision. I remember meeting a cold and distant woman at the time.” (Janice Nadeau)
J’AIME LES FILLES ANIMATION / Short Director:
OBOMSAWIN, DIANE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

This film is based on a comic book by Diane Obomsawin, On Loving Women, published in English by Drawn and Quarterly in February 2014. In it, she addresses the topics of coming out, first love and sexual identity. Spring 2016
SEXE POUR BLASES ANIMATION / Short Director:
PLUCINSKA, IZABELA

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producteurs :
CLAY TRACES GbR; THIELE FILMPRODUKTION; FUNDACJA LAS SZTUKI

To break the monotony of 25 years of married life and add a little spice to their sluggish relationship, Alice and Henry Lane spend a weekend at a hotel with a copy of the book Sex for Dummies.
OSCAR ANIMATION / Short Director:
ST-PIERRE, MARIE-JOSEE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
MJSTP FILMS INC.

Animated documentary film project focusing on the life of Oscar Peterson and his personal world. The 14-minute film will be fully animated mainly via rotoscoping and special effects techniques. Winter 2016
Projects in development
CHARLES ET LES GRENOUILLES ANIMATION / Short Director:
SIMARD, DOMINIC ETIENNE

Producer:
Julie Roy

Co‑Producer:
DESANIMATIONS

Charles et les grenouilles is the story of a neglected child’s resilience. Summer 2016
MON YIDDISH PAPI ANIMATION / Short Director:
GOLDBERG, ELEONORE

Producer:
Julie Roy

Co‑Producer:
PICBOIS PRODUCTIONS

His name was Georges (Josek) Goldberg and he was a resistance fighter in France during WW II. He survived the Paris occupation in 1942 and joined the resistance in Lyon a few years later. Summer 2016
AUTO PSY ANIMATION / Short Director:
BOUCHARD, PATRICK

Producer:
Julie Roy

Stop motion animated film emphasizing free and improvised yet structured creation. All kinds of salvaged parts are collected and either instinctively or thoughtfully arranged so as to create meaning each time. This constantly changing, lively and expansive process moves toward the revelation of an art object. Winter 2017
UN PRINTEMPS ANIMATION / Short Director:
CHEN, KEYU

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Combining digital drawing and animation techniques with traditional ink drawings, Printemps tells the story of a little girl whose innate curiosity prompts her to leave the haven of her grandmother’s love and protection. Spring 2016
PHYSIQUE DE LA TRISTESSE ANIMATION / Short Director:
OUCHEV, THEODOR

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

“I’m nobody here. I don’t even know my name anymore. My name can be translated three different ways. And since Plato said that objects and people were deeply connected to their name, I’m connected to three people, because I have three different names. If you count their translation in both official languages, that makes six! In any case, regardless of these six different names, it’s never me.” (T. Ushev) Fall 2016
L’ÎLE ANIMATION / Short Director:
DOYON, PATRICK

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Portrait with psychological overtones and a touch of humour, focusing largely on the unconscious and feelings aroused by moments experienced in the lives of a couple and a young father.

 

NFB Studio: Documentary
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
LE COMMERCE DU SEXE DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
LAMONT, EVE

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

Co‑Producer:
FILMS DU RAPIDE BLANC

The prostitution market in Canada is estimated at $400 million annually. It’s a very lucrative industry, though little is known about it except for the facade it displays in the public space. Fall 2014
LE LABYRINTHE OUIGHOUR DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
ENRIQUEZ, PATRICIO

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Co‑Producer:
MACUMBA MEDIA II INC.

Twenty-two foreigners were in Afghanistan in October 2001 when the United States invaded the country. They were Muslims, members of a minority persecuted for centuries in China, where they are considered dangerous terrorists and separatists. Uighurs. Sold by the Pakistanis to U.S. forces, all 22 men were sent to Guantanamo. After three years of confinement and abuse, U.S. intelligence services cleared them of all suspicion. Nevertheless, Washington refuses to release them and instead is asking its allies to give them asylum. China, where they face the death penalty, is taking action and threatening retaliation against the countries that would accept the 22 detainees. Fall 2014
18 FUGITIVES DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
COWAN, PAUL

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

Co‑Producer:
INTUITIVE PICTURES II INC.

In 1987, during the first Intifada, the Palestinian leadership asked the local population to develop Palestinian alternatives to Israeli products. That’s when a group of activists from Beit Sahour came up with a spectacular resistance operation: They set up a clandestine dairy cooperative with 18 cows as their allies. Fall 2014
AMINA DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
DERASPE, SOPHIE

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

Co‑Producer:
ESPERAMOS

Amina Arraf Al Omari, a pretty Syrian woman who is both a lesbian and a revolutionary, stole the heart of Sandra Bagaria, a gay, bright and well-informed young Montreal-based professional, before sparking an international detective story involving the U.S. Secret Service, the world’s major news media (Guardian, New York Times, Le Monde) and a multitude of activists and supporters of the Syrian revolution. Winter 2015
LA QUÊTE – POW WOW DOCUMENTARY / Short Director:
OTTAWA, THERESE

Producer:
Johanne Bergeron

Tony is a young traditional dancer who has been traveling the Pow Wow Trail in the province of Quebec for a few years. Suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome, he spent his childhood going back and forth between the hospital and foster homes. On her deathbed, his mother gave him an eagle feather and made him promise to become a traditional pow wow dancer. That’s when his quest for identity began. His other dream is to meet his soul mate. That is Tony’s quest. Winter 2015
COLLECTION COURTS DOCUMENTARY / Short Directors:
Jean-François Blouin, Martin Bureau, Nadine Nadeau, Nicolas Levesque, Jeremy Peter Allen

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

With the Collection courts project, the NFB and Spirafilm want to reaffirm the short documentary film’s place in the cinematic landscape. Five filmmakers will each make a short 5-to-8 minute documentary questioning the foundations of narrativity and classic documentary form, while pushing the grammar usually associated with documentaries still further. Winter 2014
MARIA CHAPDELAINE DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
LABRECQUE, JEAN-CLAUDE

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Mid-length work on the filming of Maria Chapdelaine by Julien Duvivier in Peribonka in 1934. The movie was almost entirely produced by French professionals who came to Canada to shoot the film. Summer 2014
MYSTERE MACPHERSON DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
GIGUERE, SERGE

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Co‑Producer:
FILMS DU RAPIDE BLANC

In this documentary, the director focuses his camera on the artistic process of animation filmmaker Martine Chartrand as she captures the images for her next film based on MacPherson, a song by Felix Leclerc. Little by little, the director sheds light on the mystery surrounding MacPherson, the Black log driver in Felix’s song, and in the process reveals a whole aspect of the history of Blacks in Quebec. Automne 2014
Projects in development
LE FOND DE L’AIR DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BEAULIEU, SIMON

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

This project is a kind of sweeping political panorama that blends archival images, actual shots, and experimentation with form and narrative. It seeks to understand the status of Quebec’s collective future. Winter 2016
BETE ET HUMAIN DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
DEMERS, CLAUDE

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Feature-length DOCUMENTARY on the relationship between humans and pets. The director’s goal is to create a cinematic fable about the human condition based on this strange relationship between people and animals.
ADIEU PAPIER DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
SUTEU, OANA

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

Co‑Producer:
INFORMACTION

ADIEU PAPIER! is a film about encounters, an inquiry into the ambiguity of progress, and a fascinating aesthetic challenge that presents paper in all its shapes and forms through a visual and sensory journey interspersed with high flying animation by Theodore Ushev. Spring 2016
NOUVELLES RECRUES DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
CAISSY, JEAN-FRANCOIS

Producer:
Johanne Bergeron

For his third opus, the filmmaker is focusing his camera on the 18-to-25-year-old age group by following soldiers in the Canadian Armed Forces during the first stage of their training: boot camp. Through the learning process of a unique occupation that provides many narrative possibilities, this project aims to capture the essence of this period of life that is marked by maturity.
PROJET ROSENFELD DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
BERTOLINO, SANTIAGO

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

Filmed in part in a region of the world where the situation is always tense, this documentary is a one-year expedition into the daily life of young freelance journalist Jesse Rosenfeld. We find ourselves alongside this bold, fast-talking and passionate individual, in the heart of the major socio-political issues of a Middle East still experiencing the shockwave of the Arab spring. Fall 2016
DAVID (S) UN HOMME DANS L’UNIVERS DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BARIL, CELINE

Producer:
Colette Loumède

DAVID, un homme dans l’univers deals with the power of ideas, the power of collective intelligence against isolation and exploitation. The film focuses on the world’s DAVIDs (a biblical first name meaning “tenderly loved”) to examine what is in the making, either for or against us, at the dawn of this new century. The project was inspired by all the great thinkers who were immersed in Internet technology at its onset and who clearly see the dangers and excesses it represents yet who, speaking from experience, are suggesting possible applications for developing a common destiny, creating social capital and an economy based on sharing through a collaborative rather than capitalist approach. Spring 2016

 

NFB Studio: Francophonie canadienne
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
HISTOIRES FRANCOPHONES DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
ROCHER, ANNE-MARIE

Producer:
Maryse Chapdelaine

The series provides an overview of all language rights in Canada and takes a current look at the progress made over the past 30 years. Summer 2015
LES HÉRITIERS DU CLUB DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BLANCHAR, RENÉE

Producer:
Maryse Chapdelaine

As the seasons unfold, we will follow the protagonists as they work on three projects: a community garden, the restoration of a former community hall, and a theatre performance, all in the village of Sainte-Anne-du-Bocage in Caraquet. The following themes will be addressed through the protagonists’ activities: writing; the importance of heritage; the bond with the father; building one’s identity in a minority community; and the reasons why we exist and continue as artists, citizens and humans. Fall 2014
LES MOTS QUI DANSENT DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
MASSICOTTE, YVES ETIENNE

Producer:
Maryse Chapdelaine

Quebec sign language (LSQ) has enabled Canada’s deaf Francophones to flourish and develop a sense of belonging. Every day, they validate LSQ as the basis of their identity. They celebrate it by using it as a tool for creation and expression. Since their language is not written, celebrating it inevitably hinges on visual observation.
DE L’ÂGE D’OR ET D’ARGENT INTERACTIVE Director:
COHEN, ANDREA

Producer:
Dominic Desjardins

Interactive project about the addiction of seniors to gambling and money games in Canada.
Projects in development
LE DERNIER PLACARD DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
D’ENTREMONT, PAUL EMILE

Producer:
Maryse Chapdelaine

Le dernier placard: a project on young athletes torn between their sexual orientation and their love of sports.
DE BROOKS À SHERBROOKE DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
PARENT, ROGER

Producer:
Dominic Desjardins

This project seeks to understand the human issues related to the migration of Black and French-speaking populations from the refugee camps of Burundi, Rwanda and the Congo once they arrive in Canada.

 

NFB Studio: Productions interactives
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
CANCER DU TEMPS INTERACTIVE Director:
NADEAU, JEAN-FRANCOIS

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co‑Producer:
France TÉLÉVISIONS

Part game, part app, and part documentary, this funny, editorial and philosophical project seeks to rehabilitate what in all probability is wrongly called “downtime.” The intent is not didactic, but rather to gradually get the player/participant to reflect on the complexity of time, to think about the value of the breaks he can take – too often considered as boredom – and discover the priceless benefits of “nothing.” 2015
MÉMOIRE VIVE INTERACTIVE Director:
VIVIANI, ANTOINE

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co‑Producer:
ARTE France

The Mémoire Vive (Random Access Memory) project refers to a basic electronic component that is essential in order for computers, tablets and smartphones to be able to operate. It is the component that temporarily stores information and that randomly remembers and forgets – the component over which we have no control. The way it operates is mysterious. It is the component associated with information, memory and chance. In a way, it is the embodiment of the human in technology. 2015
PHOTOGRAPHE INCONNU INTERACTIVE Director:
CARRIERE, BERTRAND

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co‑Producer:
TURBULENT MEDIA INC.

World War I took place 100 years ago and now there are no more veterans still living. What is left of this abominable episode of carnage? What memory will remain of it? This Web project wants to take a century-old infamy and bring it back into the present to interact with 25-year-olds who have never known war. The objective is not to remember, but to raise awareness here and now about the horrors of war. 2015
P2 INTERACTIVE Director:
MORISSET, VINCENT

Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

Projet 2 aims to explore the interactive and narrative mechanisms of video games. The central theme of the experience is movement (travel, migration, space/time). The designers are looking to experiment with and develop an innovative filming technique that combines motion panorama shooting with embedding virtual elements in real time. This unique approach will make it possible to combine the controls of traditional video games with a cinematic approach. The goal is to have a functional prototype for moving in space and time with a joystick. 2015
PARCOURS McLAREN INTERACTIVE Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
Partenariat avec le Quartier des spectacles (Montréal)

Partnership with Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles: 10 surfaces, 10 artists, 10 works by Norman McLaren. The creator, who will be working on one of the pathway’s 10 surfaces, will choose a preselected work by McLaren. Then, in tandem with McLaren, he will make a 5-minute work during which they enter into an artistic dialogue that reverberates across time. 201-2015
PRIMAL INTERACTIVE Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

Co‑Producer:
EDUC.AR.SE

Collaborative work on the expression of feelings of violence among young 16-year-old Argentineans and Quebecers. Consisting of an online experience and a series of video self-portraits, Primal explores violence not from the standpoint of the act or victim but rather as an inner feeling. Automne 2014
PROJETS RÉSIDENCE INTERACTIVE Director:
FUGULIN, VALI

Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

Completion of the Vali Fugulin project developed through the residency program of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Program.
HAIKUS INTERACTIF INTERACTIVE Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

Co‑Producer:
ARTE France

Third collaboration with Arte. What is the form of the “short” and what place does it have in the digital landscape? How is it possible to create an interactive experience, touch emotions and tell a story in 60 seconds? This is what the producers are hoping to explore by challenging some ten artists from different backgrounds. Each will be required to create a work according to a certain number of rules. 2015
FORT McMONEY (LE FILM) DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
DUFRESNE, DAVID

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co‑Producer:
TOXA INC.

Fort McMoney, le film is a documentary, a variation on the simulation game concept in which Internet users can make decisions about the future of the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Projects in development
SCRIPTORIUM INTERACTIVE Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co‑Producer:
TRANSTHEATRE INC.

A man wakes up, disoriented, in an unfamiliar room. He no longer remembers his name or age. He doesn’t know if he is a captive, a prisoner, or if he is ill. He is surrounded by a series of carefully arranged black and white photos, two manuscripts and a pen. He is unable to determine if he wrote the manuscripts himself, if they are his own story or if they are about someone else. He doesn’t recognize anyone in the photos, but experiences feelings when he looks at them. Is it real or the product of someone else’s imagination? 2015
CRISE FINANCIÈRE INTERACTIVE Director:
COURVILLE, LEON

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

The interactive project Crise financière deals with the 2008 financial crisis which is unquestionably the most serious that has affected the world in nearly a century. Understanding this crisis, its mechanisms and especially its effects remains a major issue. 2015
DO NOT TRACK INTERACTIVE Director:
GAYLOR, BRETT

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co‑Producer:
UPIAN

Do not track is an interactive, ever-changing and participatory documentary devoted to online tracking and privacy on the Internet. 2015