The Sand Castle

Director Co Hoedeman
Year 1977
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation

A man made of sand makes other sand creatures in this inventive, Oscar-winning stop-motion film.

Director

Co Hoedeman

Producer

Gaston Sarault

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Indigenous-made Short Films

Director Various
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Indigenous-made short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme and filter by Indigenous filmmaker. 

 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

The Lighthouse Man

Director Matt Walton
Year 2020
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation

The legend of the Lighthouse Man, who protects a small coastal town from all sorts of disasters, and how the community reaffirms his spirit when he’s feeling unwanted.

Director

Matt Walton

Writer

Matt Walton

Genre

Animation

Original Language

No Dialogue

Lights for Gita

Director Michel Vo
Year 2002
Run Time 7min
Genre Animation
In her first winter in Canada after her family moved from India, Gita finds a special way to celebrate Divali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Director

Michel Vo

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

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Don’t Tell Santa You’re Jewish!

Director Jody Kramer
Year 2010
Run Time 4min
Genre Animation
A young Jewish girl is worried that Santa will treat her differently from the other kids.

Director

Jody Kramer

Writer

Jody Kramer

Producer

Jody Kramer

Genre

Animation

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

The Energy Carol

Director Les Drew
Year 1975
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation
In a playful spin on the Charles Dickens classic, the CEO of a power company must confront the impact his wasteful ways will have on the future of the planet.

Director

Les Drew

Genre

Animation

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

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Joe

Director Jill Haras
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
An animated tribute to real-life African Canadian hero Joe Fortes, who overcame discrimination and prejudice to become a beloved member of the Vancouver community.

Director

Jill Haras

Genre

Animation

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

The Great Toy Robbery

Director Jeff Hale
Year 1963
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
On his annual Christmas journey, Santa Claus is stopped in the wild west by robbers looking to keep the toys for themselves.

Director

Jeff Hale

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

English

Bully Dance

Director Janet Perlman
Year 2000
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation

A vibrant musical parable that demonstrates the consequences of peer pressure and bullying.

Director

Janet Perlman

Genre

Animation

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

No Dialogue

Dinner for Two

Director Janet Perlman
Year 1996
Run Time 7min
Genre Comedy
When it comes to conflict, even chameleons won't change! Peace in the rain forest is disrupted when two chameleons literally get stuck in a conflict, with catastrophic results. Relationships are severed, opportunities are lost, innocent bystanders are harmed and violence seems imminent. Luckily for the lizards, a frog turns into exactly what they need - no, not a prince - a mediator. This animation tackles conflict in a lively, humorous and provocative way and was part of a series on conflict resolution that received support from UNICEF and Justice Canada.

Director

Janet Perlman

Writer

Janet Perlman

Producer

Barrie McLean

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Little Thunder

Directors Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Comedy
Inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe," this coming-of-age story follows a boy who reluctantly sets out on a canoe trip by himself, as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Directors

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Writers

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Producer

Annette Clarke

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Dancers of the Grass

Director Melanie Jackson (Métis/Saulteaux)
Year 2009
Run Time 2min
Genre Animation, Family
Spectacular stop-motion animation breathes life into a traditional dance.

Director

Melanie Jackson (Métis/Saulteaux)

Writer

Melanie Jackson (Métis/Saulteaux)

Producers

Dennis Jackson (Cree), Melanie Jackson (Métis/Saulteaux), Anand Ramayya

Genres

Animation, Family

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Meltdown

Director Carrie Mombourquette
Year 2012
Run Time 1min
Genre Animation, Family
In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament. 
 

Director

Carrie Mombourquette

Writer

Carrie Mombourquette

Producer

Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Family

Interest

Environment

Original Languages

English, French

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Cosmic Zoom

Director Robert Verrall
Year 1968
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Documentary
A visually stunning exploration of the infinity of space and the ultimate minuteness of matter. 

Director

Robert Verrall

Producers

Robert Verrall, Joseph Koenig

Genres

Animation, Documentary

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Âme Noire (Black Soul)

Director Martine Chartrand
Year 2000
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Documentary, Drama

An exhilarating voyage through the def ining moments of black history.

Director

Martine Chartrand

Writer

Martine Chartrand

Producers

Yves Leduc, Pierre Hébert, Marcel Jean

Genres

Animation, Documentary, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Walk-in-the-Forest

Director Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Family
This whimsical animation, reminiscent of NFB classics, follows a medicine man called Walk-in-the-forest on a walk in the woods that leads to the discovery of an intriguing secret world.
 

Director

Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Writer

Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Producer

Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Family

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

Director Phyllis Grant
Year 2006
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi'kmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. 

Director

Phyllis Grant

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Dub

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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From Far Away

Directors Shira Avni Serene, El-haj Daoud
Year 2000
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
A young girl adjusting to life in Canada is scared by her new school’s Halloween event, but soon recovers when she gains acceptance from her peers.

Directors

Shira Avni Serene, El-haj Daoud

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

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Stories From Our Land – Tide

Director Ericka Chemko
Year 2011
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary

A beautiful short film that captures the majesty of ice sculpted by wind and water. Time-lapse imagery reveals the dynamic dance of water and ice in the Arctic, in Nunavut.

Director

Ericka Chemko

Writer

Ericka Chemko

Producer

David Christensen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue