Creator / National Film Board Of Canada

This organization is a federal public agency of the Canadian government dedicated to producing and distributing films, TV, and digital content to educate and promote Canada while providing resources for such projects to deserving applicants. The Board began in 1939 to give Canada some presence in the film world considering how American films dominated Canadian culture.

While the board is well known for its Documentary films (some inspired the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Ken Burns and George Lucas) and some dramatic features (ex:Mon oncle Antonie,voted as the greatest Canadian film of all time until 2015, The Oscar-nominated The Decline Of The American Empire and Jesus Of Montreal), the Board is most famous internationally for its animation, which has garnered several awards, including Oscars. Although it got started with Disney in early World War II, it had it's glory years during The Dark Age of Animation when it was a shining light of pure artistic excellence. Its documentaries have received a bit of a boost in recognition after being cited as a key influence on Scottish electronic band Boards of Canada, who even named themselves after the Board.

For a sampling of the Film Board's animation genius, see Animation Favorites from the National Film Board of Canada, hosted by Leonard Maltin, and The National Film Board of Canada's Animation Festival along with compilation DVDs of sorts.

In addition, the Film Board has its own official YouTube Channeland app.

Notable Films
  • When The Day Breaks
  • George And Rosemary
  • Ryan (2004 Oscar winner about former NFB animator Ryan Larkin)
  • The Big Snit: One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
  • The Cat Came Back: One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
  • Begone Dull Care
  • Log Driver's Waltz (Canada Vignettes)
  • Bead Game
  • Bob's Birthday (1994 Oscar winner)
  • Neighbours: Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
  • Pas De Deux
  • A Chairy Tale
  • Any short on O Canada (AKA The NFB Show On Cartoon Network)

Notable Directors:
  • Norman Mclaren
  • Richard Condie
  • Caroline Leaf
  • David Fine & Allison Snowden
  • Derek Lamb
  • Arthur Lipsett (collage filmmaker that later influenced George Lucas)
  • Ryan Larkin
  • Ishu Patel
  • Bretislav Pojar
  • Janet Perlman
  • Wendy Tilby
  • John Weldon
  • Christopher Hinton
  • Cordell Barker
  • Paul Driessen
  • Marv Newland

  • An Aesop: In almost every animated and or live action film.
  • Doing It for the Art: See Deranged Animation and above statement
  • Deranged Animation: The Board is famous for the experimental work of Norman McLaren and other animators who tried out various techniques like Drawn On Film, Pinscreen Animation and Stop Motion (ala Pixilation).
    • Sand Animation, Traditional and 3D (early pioneer in CGI with Hunger in 1974, won an Oscar for Ryan in 2004).
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: For NFB fans, the films of Richard Condie (The Big Snit) and John Weldon (Log Drivers Waltz), The Cat Came Back and Get A Job are a good start.
  • Streisand Effect: In 1982, the US Department of Justice suppressed the NFB anti-nuclear film, If You Love This Planet, as "foreign political propaganda." The move backfired, causing a storm of protest that helped the film win the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject.