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

Gloria Victoria

Director Theodore Ushev
Year 2012
Run Time 9min
Genre Experimental

Recycling elements of surrealism and cubism, this Genie-nominated animation explores relationships between art and war. Content Note: Violence

Director

Theodore Ushev

Producer

Marc Bertrand

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

  • Own Voice

InukShop

Director Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)
Year 2009
Run Time 2min
Genre Documentary
What is the state of Inuit culture on screen? Inuk filmmaker Weetaluktuk mixes archival reels with new footage to make this commentary on cultural appropriation.

Director

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Writer

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Producers

Kat Baulu, Joe MacDonald, Vanessa Loewen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Dimanche (Sunday)

Director Patrick Doyon
Year 2011
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama

A young boy is bored during a visit to his grandparents’ house in small-town Quebec, so he goes outside in search of adventure. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Patrick Doyon

Writer

Patrick Doyon

Producers

Marc Bertrand, Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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

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

Hunger

Director Peter Foldès
Year 1973
Run Time 11min
Genre Animation, Drama

Rapidly dissolving images form a satire of self-indulgence in a world plagued by hunger and poverty in this Oscar-nominated film, among the first to use computer animation technology.

Director

Peter Foldès

Producers

Peter Foldès, René Jodoin

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

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

  • Own Voice

The Gift

Director Terril Calder (Métis)
Year 2011
Run Time 2min
Genre Animation
This stop-motion tale explores the historical question of whether smallpox-infected blankets were given by European settlers to Indigenous populations unwittingly, or as a deadly "gift." 

Director

Terril Calder (Métis)

Genre

Animation

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

Walking

Director Ryan Larkin
Year 1968
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation
In this classic NFB short, animator Ryan Larkin uses an artist's sensibility to illustrate the way people walk. He employs a variety of techniques--line drawing, colour wash, etc.--to catch and reproduce the motion of people afoot. The springing gait of youth, the mincing step of the high-heeled female, the doddering amble of the elderly--all are registered with humour and individuality, to the accompaniment of special sound.

Director

Ryan Larkin

Producer

Ryan Larkin

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

  • Own Voice

Tuktumit

Director Ippiksaut Friesen (Inuk)
Year 2014
Run Time 4min
Genre Animation
This gorgeously-rendered animation explores the way traditional hunting in Nunavut has evolved so that it can continue to play a vital role in contemporary Inuit culture.

Director

Ippiksaut Friesen (Inuk)

Genre

Animation

Interests

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

Original Language

No Dialogue

  • Own Voice

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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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

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Director Janet Perlman
Year 1981
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Comedy

The classic Cinderella fairytale is given an endearing twist, presented by a cast of penguins!

Director

Janet Perlman

Genres

Animation, Comedy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Madame Tutli-Putli

Directors Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski
Year 2007
Run Time 17min
Genre Animation, Drama
Madame Tutli-Putli boards a night train for a mysterious and suspenseful journey in this stunning stop-motion short. Nominated for an Oscar.

Directors

Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

Writers

Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

Cast

Laurie Maher

Producer

Marcy Page

Genres

Animation, Drama

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Tropical Rumours

Directors Veronica Tennant, Michael Ondaatje
Year 2004
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
A rich fabric of movement and imagery, inspired by Michael Ondaatje's memoir, Running in the Family.

Directors

Veronica Tennant, Michael Ondaatje

Cast

Margie Gillis, Paola Styron

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

No Dialogue

  • Own Voice

Wave a Red Flag

Director Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
A whimsical, wordless exploration of Indigenous identity, community and culture.

Director

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)

Cast

Lisa Cromarty, Monique Mojica

Producer

Lea Marin

Genre

Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Cycles

Director Joe Cobden
Year 2016
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
Through playful choreography and piano harmonies, a man revisits abstract memories of a failed relationship.

Director

Joe Cobden

Cast

Joe Cobden, Marc Bendavid, Romina D'ugo, Laura Harris

Producers

Joe Cobden, Alyssa Swanzey

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

No Dialogue