Creator / National Film Board Of Canada

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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 its 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 Channel and Android app.

Notable Films:
  • Mon Oncle Antoine
  • City Of Gold
  • 21-87 (a film that influenced The Force)
  • Cat's Cradle
  • The Sweater
  • I'll Find A Way (1977 Oscar winner)
  • My Grandmother Ironed The King's Shirts
  • Two Sisters
  • Nails (a documentary about... what else? It's better than it sounds)
  • What On Earth
  • Mindscape
  • My Financial Career
  • The Romance Of Transportation In Canada (first animated Oscar nod in 1952)
  • Evolution (not the 2001 film, but the 1971 Oscar nominee)
  • Getting Started
  • The Street (one of the runner-ups for The 50 Greatest Cartoons)
  • The Tender Tale Of Cinderella Penguin
  • Universe
  • Very Nice, Very Nice
  • Hot Stuff
  • Strings
  • Paradise
  • The Family That Dwelt Apart (a 1974 cartoony style adaptation more Darker and Edgier than Charlotte's Web)
  • Belablok (1973 Cannes short winner)
  • Get A Job
  • Juke-Bar
  • Special Delivery (1978 Oscar winner)
  • Every Child (1979 Oscar winner)
  • Blackfly
  • The Sand Castle (1977 Oscar winner)
  • When The Day Breaks
  • George And Rosemary
  • The Lump
  • To Be
  • Why Me?
  • Walking
  • The Danish Poet (2006 Oscar winner)
  • 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
  • Evelyn Lambart
  • Richard Condie
  • Caroline Leaf
  • Jeff Hale
  • David Fine & Alison Snowden
  • Derek Lamb
  • Arthur Lipsett (collage filmmaker that later influenced George Lucas)
  • Ryan Larkin
  • Ishu Patel
  • Bretislav Pojar
  • Peter Foldes (early CGI animator)
  • Janet Perlman
  • Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbes
  • William Greaves (of Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One fame)
  • John Weldon
  • Sheldon Cohen
  • Christopher Hinton
  • Cordell Barker
  • Colin Low
  • Wolf Koeing
  • Paul Driessen
  • Marv Newland
  • Co Hoederman
  • Gerald Potteron
  • Michael Mills
  • Brad Caslor
  • Torill Kove
  • Chris Landerth
  • Kaj Pindal

Tropes:
  • Apocalyptic Montage: Lipsett's films are full of it (audio and footage wise).
  • An Aesop: In almost every animated and/or live action film.
  • Canada, Eh?: And how.
  • The Dark Age of Animation: Founded in 1939 during The Golden Age of Animation under the influence of Norman Mc Laren and UPA while making propaganda shorts for Disney, but found their own voice in this era onwards. During an era that was particularly bad for animated shorts, the Board stood out for its exceptional artistic output and several animated shorts from the Board got Oscar nominations/wins during this era.
  • Deranged Animation: The Board is famous for the experimental work of Norman Mc Laren and other animators who tried out various techniques like Drawn On Film, Pinscreen Animation, Stop Motion (ala Pixilation) and Paint-On-Glass Animation.
    • Sand Animation, Traditional and 3D (early pioneer in CGI with Hunger in 1974, won an Oscar for Ryan in 2004).
  • The Ken Burns Effect: City Of Gold influenced Ken Burns using animation camera techniques to pan old photos of a ex-gold mining town.
  • 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.
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