An Inuit hunter travels by snowmobile across the frozen sea. Photo taken from Stories from Our Land – Nippaq, a documentary short directed by Qajaaq Ellsworth in 2011.


Winter 2018–2019

The NFB Film Club’s winter program is richer and more varied than ever before. Thirteen programs of shorts and features for general audiences have been organized around several different themes: new documentary and animation releases, animated films to discover, winter films (including works by Inuk filmmakers), and Black History Month. And kids will enjoy three programs just for them, including two that feature a winter theme. With a lineup of entertaining animation, thought-provoking docs, and touching short films, this Film Club program has something for everyone!

New documentary and animation releases

These four programs of recent feature-length films—three documentaries and one animation—offer humanistic looks at compelling subjects. Unmothered, directed by Marie-France Guerrette, explores the grieving process of a child who has lost her mother; Andrea Dorfman’s The Girls of Meru tells the story of a group of young Kenyan girls as they fight for justice; 24 Davids, by Céline Baril, shines a spotlight on the Davids of this world, in a refreshingly freewheeling cinematic format; and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming is a feature animation about love—love of family, poetry, history and culture.

Animated films to discover

This exciting program of seven shorts spans a wide range of tones and animation techniques. The program includes Claude Cloutier’s hilarious From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning; Patrick Bouchard’s The Subject, the only Canadian film selected to screen at the 2018 Cannes festival; the 2005 Oscar winner Ryan, by Chris Landreth; Norman McLaren’s classic Neighbours, which also won an Oscar in 1953; Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT, which screened at Cannes in 2017 and won several Canadian and international awards; Justine Vuylsteker’s Embraced, the first film made using a restored French Épinette pinscreen; and Martine Époque and Denis Poulin’s CODA, which uses digital technology to present dance on film in a whole new way.

Winter films

The eight films in these four programs look at winter in all its forms and in various places, from the Arctic to Montreal. The beauty and complexity of this season are explored in Don Owen’s classic romantic feature The Ernie Game; in Jean Lemire and Thierry Piantanida’s The Great Adventure, about the voyage of the sailing ship Sedna IV; and in several shorts by Inuk filmmakers, including Three Thousand, by Asinnajaq, and If the Weather Permits, by Elisapie Isaac.

Black History Month

These eight films in four programs illustrate the richness of Black culture. They include animated shorts such as Black Soul, by Martine Chartrand, and Oscar, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s portrait of Oscar Peterson, as well as documentaries about major figures, such as Mighty Jerome, by filmmaker Charles Officer. The hurdles faced by Canada’s Black population are also examined in, for example, Mina Shum’s acclaimed documentary, Ninth Floor.

Children’s programs

Two of the three children’s programs are also inspired by winter. For kids aged four and up, we offer four films, including two from the delightful Ludovic series, and children ages six and up will enjoy three films, including the wonderful Léon in Wintertime, by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Pascal Le Nôtre. Seven films for children six and up comprise the third and final program. They include two by Academy Award-winning director Torill Kove—her latest film, Threads, and her most recent Oscar-nominated film, Me and My Moulton.

For more details on NFB Film Club programming, see the document attached.

A collaborative initiative, the Film Club works with libraries to make the NFB’s rich film collection accessible free of charge to communities across the country. In its programming, you’ll find films for both adults and children: new releases exploring hot topics, timely and thought-provoking documentaries, award-winning animation, and a few timeless classics as well.

For more information on the NFB Film Club, contact:

Florence François | 514-914-9253 |

Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour

Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how the Cree community in Norway House, Manitoba, has been enriched through the power of education. This documentary conveys a message of hope, showing that in an appropriate school environment, one that incorporates their people’s history, language and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.

Previous seasonal programs still available: