NFB Mediatheque Holiday Program

Lose yourself in a Winter Wonderland! with workshops, screenings
and FREE digital viewing (Dec. 27 to Jan. 2)

Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2010 — The National Film Board of Canada is offering fun, creative and wallet-friendly daily activities for families at its downtown Toronto Mediatheque this holiday season. The young and young at heart are welcome to come in from the cold and produce their own themed animation, enjoy a delightful line-up of short films in the NFB Cinema and take in titles from the NFB’s 71-year history for free on exclusive digital viewing stations.

Winter Wonderland! animation workshops — ages 6 to 13
Twice daily, Dec. 27—31 and Jan. 2
12 p.m. — 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.
$5/child, supervising adults free

Each day features a different theme and animation technique, so a brand new experience is guaranteed every time! From 3D clay to painting on cel and paper cut-out, there’s always something to discover in these hands-on sessions.

Monday, December 27 — Wintry Windows (2D paper)
What’s that image forming in the frost? Your own original creation!

Tuesday, December 28 — Hockey Fever (3D clay)
Play Canada’s favourite sport in a whole new way!

Wednesday, December 29 — Mush! Mush! (3D clay)
Today, we’ve gone to the dogs. Join us for an animated sled race!

Thursday, December 30 — Snowy Treetops (Painting on cel)
Watch out for falling snow in our animated forest!

Friday, December 31 — Fluffy Snowflakes (2D paper)
They say no two snowflakes are exactly alike… animate your very own!

Sunday, January 2 — Holiday Baking (3D clay)
Make your own tantalizing treats in our creative kitchen… no cooking experience required!

Winter Wonderland! screening program — ages 3 and up
Once daily, Dec. 27—31 and Jan. 2
2 p.m. — 3 p.m.
$2/child or free with workshop registration, supervising adults free

An hour-long program of family-friendly, animated holiday films at the NFB Cinema featuring a selection of the following titles:

Christmas Cracker — 1963 (8 min)
Three segments of movie magic by Oscar-winning animation pioneer Norman McLaren.

HA’Aki — 2008 (4 min)
A lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox interpretation of hockey as played in the mind of lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox animation artist Iriz Pääbo.

Léon in Wintertime — 2007 (27 min)
This delightful puppet animation portrays the adventures of a distraught bear cub who runs away from home.

Lights for Gita — 2001 (7 min)
The traditional Hindu festival of lights, Divali, comes alive in a sparkling new way for eight-year-old Gita.

Molly in Springtime — 2009 (26 min)
In this sequel to Léon in Wintertime, it’s carnival in Balthasarville, and the scoundrel Bonifacio is scheming to overthrow Léon and become King Quack.

The Sweater — 1980 (10 min)
Bestselling author Roch Carrier narrates a mortifying boyhood experience in this animated adaptation of his beloved story “The Hockey Sweater.”