The summer fun never stops at the National Film Board of Canada's Mediatheque, with a July programming lineup offering exclusive activities for all ages and interests. From animation aplenty and films both short and long, to weekly camps for kids and free access to unique digital viewing stations, the NFB continues to entertain and educate well into its 70th year. The NFB Mediatheque is located at 150 John Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto -- the perfect destination for visitors to Toronto and 'staycationers' alike.
Weekend Animation Workshops and Screenings Every Saturday from July 4 to August 29 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Can't Sit Still workshop for kids 3 to 5 12 noon - 2:30 pm: Animate This! workshop for kids 6 to 13 12 noon - 12:30 pm: FREE family animation screening Each week's program highlights a different theme, animation technique and screening series, so a brand-new experience is guaranteed every time. From 3D clay to pixilation and paper cut-outs, there's always something to discover.
Summer Daydreams Animation Camps Week-long sessions from July 6 to August 21, 9 am to 4:30 pm These dynamic, hands-on themed camps offer kids 8 to 16 the chance to explore their creativity and learn stop-motion animation techniques. Working in teams, they create their own original film for a big screen premiere at the NFB Cinema.
July 6 to 10: The Day I Joined the Circus (ages 8 to 13) July 13 to 17: The Day I Went Back in Time (ages 8 to 10) July 27 to 31: Une journee sur Mars (in French, ages 8 to 13) August 10 to 14: The Day I Found the Attic (ages 11 to 13) August 17 to 21: The Day My Dreams Came to Life (ages 12 to 16)
FREE on-demand digital viewing To August 31 Escape the heat and grab a seat in one of our digital viewing stations for access to over 5,000 NFB documentary and animation titles in English and French. Available films include new releases like CAPTURING REALITY: THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY, award winners THE DANISH POET and RYAN, the festival hit MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES and all-time favourites THE LOG DRIVER'S WALTZ, THE SWEATER and THE CAT CAME BACK.
Roadsworth: Crossing the Line July 8, 9 & 10 at 7 pm This Hot Docs hit directed by Alan Kohl details Montreal stencil artist Roadsworth's clandestine campaign to make his mark on the city streets. As he is prosecuted at home and celebrated abroad, Roadsworth, AKA Peter Gibson, struggles to defend his work, define himself as an artist and address difficult questions about art and freedom of expression.
A World of Shorts July 15 at 7 pm Looking for short films from around the world seldom seen anywhere else? Check out the NFB's popular monthly program, where short films mean big entertainment. July's lineup features award-winning titles from the 2009 Worldwide Short Film Festival.
Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2008 July 22, 7 pm A 68-minute program presented in partnership with the Toronto Animated Image Society, highlighting 10 titles from last fall's world-renowned festival. Includes A LETTER TO COLLEEN, CATTLE CALL and NFB title THE MIXY TAPES.
Animation Workshop for Adults July 23, 6 pm to 9 pm Ever want to crash one of those cool workshops for kids? Now's the chance! Experimenting with animation techniques like painting on glass, drawing and scratching on film, and stop-motion, grown-ups can bring their own creativity to the big screen.