NFB Launches Free ‘Get Animated!’ Online Screening Series
To mark International Animation Day (October 28), the National Film Board of Canada is launching the seventh edition of Get Animated!, which runs from October 28 to November 30.
Launched in 2002 by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA), International Animation Day commemorates the first public performance of Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique at the Musée Grévin in Paris on October 28, 1892. This celebration is held in over 40 countries
This year, for the first time ever, all films will be offered online at nfb.ca/getanimated, and foreign productions from other catalogues will also be shown, providing audiences in Canada and around the world with greater access to a remarkable and FREE selection of the best films from the NFB’s Oscar-winning animation studios.
This online edition will feature the year’s award-winning films, including several premieres, as well as spotlights on two acclaimed filmmakers, Theodore Ushev (Gloria Victoria) and Chris Landreth (Subconscious Password), who have made several films with the NFB. Both animators will present two favourite films from the NFB collection and a foreign production that has influenced them. Finally, Cinéma Excentris is partnering with the NFB to offer a selection of animated films on the big screen on October 28.
You can enjoy a selection of recent films that picked up awards this year at home and abroad: Patrick Bouchard’s Bydlo, which was honoured at the Jutras and at the Clermont-Ferrand festival; Diane Obomsawin’s Kaspar (Inspired by the Life of Kaspar Hauser), which won an award in Poznan, Poland; Franck Dion’s Edmond Was a Donkey, which garnered 24 awards, including the special jury prize at Annecy and a Gémeaux; Michèle Lemieux’s Here and the Great Elsewhere, which collected nine awards, including the grand prize at Cinanima in Portugal; Martine Chartrand’s MacPherson, winner of two awards at the Montreal World Film Festival; Dominic Etienne Simard’s Paula, honoured at Interfilm Berlin and at the Canadian Screen Awards; and Renaud Hallée’s The Clockmakers, which won an honourable mention at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Six new films online at nfb.ca/getanimated
Petra’s Poem, a sensitive and touching film by Shira Avni; Paul Driessen’s Oedipus, a Canada-Netherlands co-production that collected prizes in Portugal and Brazil; Jenn Strom’s Assembly, inspired by Studio D filmmakers and dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Shannon; Sylvie Trouvé’s Reflection, an exploration of Montreal through an abstract lens; Jeffrey St. Jules’s Let the Daylight into the Swamp, winner of two awards at Yorkton, including best film; and Élise Simard’s My Little Underground, a sombre and beautiful autobiographical story.
Filmmakers in the spotlight
This year, the prolific Theodore Ushev released Gloria Victoria, produced at the NFB by Marc Bertrand in stereoscopic 3D. Ushev won the FIPRESCI award for a short film from international critics at the latest Annecy International Animation Film Festival as well as the grand prize at the Fantoche Festival in Baden, Switzerland. Get Animated! offers a special spotlight on this talented animator, including a selection of his own works and his favourite films.
Programmed films: For a limited time, see Ushev’s internationally acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between art and power: Tower Bawher (2006), Drux Flux (2008) and Gloria Victoria (2013). Also on the program are Lipsett Diaries (2010), his best-known film and winner of 16 awards; Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission (2010), a portrait of the young conductor that combines animation and documentary; and Tzaritza (2006), which explores Bulgaria through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. All the films were produced by the NFB.
Other works: Ushev’s experimental film Nightingales in December (2011) and music video Demoni (2012) will also be offered online.
NFB favourites: René Jodoin’s Rectangle & Rectangles (1984), a bold, computer-designed short and a highly kinetic work of art; and Arthur Lipsett’s Very Nice, Very Nice (1961), an experimental film that looks behind the business-as-usual face we adopt and reveals the fears we try to conceal.
Non-NFB favourite: Joung Yumi’s Love Games (Korea, 2012), recently screened at the Berlin Festival.