Whether you’re a fan of making animation or of just watching it, the NFB Mediatheque has some exciting programming in store for you. They’ll be hosting various screenings and events from October 27 through to November 2, all related to the art of animation.


The NFB’s got a couple of new animated film programmes on offer, and they’ll be screening on various days, so there’ll be more than one chance to catch them. First up is the NFB New Releases Programme, which features seven new animation films that range “from the whimsical to the experimental.” This free programme screens October 27, 28, and 29 at 8:30 pm, and on November 2 at 4:00 pm. Also screening is the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) Programme on October 28 at 6:30 pm and October 29 at 7:00 pm. Over a dozen short animated film favourites to be enjoyed. And it’s all free!

Workshops & Special Events

On Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm, the NFB presents Making Music for Animation with Luigi Allemano, with interactive exercises, discussions, and demonstrations all to do with composing music for animation. Multi-talented Allemano brings his expertise in animation, music performance and composition, teaching, and sound design to this master class aimed at animators and animation enthusiasts.

Have you always wondered what it takes to make an animated film? Well, you can find out on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 pm. The NFB Mediatheque is hosting a free Animation Workshop for Adults (18+) where participants will go from script to storyboard and create their own film.

And last, but not least, on Sunday, October 30 at 10:00 am, the NFB presents Making Peace Through Animation Hands-On Workshop, a master class session with Oscar-winning animator Co Hoedeman, who will demonstrate various techniques to bring inanimate objects to life . The class also includes screenings of Hoedeman’s work: The Sand Castle (1977), The Garden of Ecos (1997), and 55 Socks (2011).

It all takes place at the NFB Mediatheque (150 John St at Richmond) near the end of October. And everything is free! But if you’re interested in the workshops, you’d better act quickly as seating is limited – so give the NFB a call at 416-973-3012 to register in advance.