NFB’s Hothouse

Hothouse participants

Every year, for the past four years, the National Film Board of Canada has been running a neat program called Hothouse. The idea is simple: bring together a group of emerging artists from various disciplines and help each of them produce an animated short in 12 weeks. It’s kind of like a boot camp for cartoonists. The latest edition of Hothouse is just getting underway and eight artists—six Canadians and two Brazilians—will each have completed a film by the end of May. Their ‘mentoring director’ is Torill Kove, whose NFB short The Danish Poet won the animated short Oscar last month. The Hothouse website includes profiles of the filmmakers and a video podcast documenting each filmmaker’s experience. The completed Hothouse shorts from the past three editions can all be seen here.


  • http://www.abelboddy.com C. Edwards

    Now if only we can film them while living in a house together, WHILE they work on their shorts. John K can host! Someone get Bravo on the phone!

    But seriously, what a great opportunity. I wish something like this was around when I was still eligible for “up-and-coming”.

    (…but I will admit, the “various disciplines” thing scares me a little)

  • http://blog.ghworkshop.com Glenn

    Wow! I just went through something similar to this in my Animation MFA program… sort of a sink or swim situation were we had to produce a 30 second short in 11 weeks. There was a definite learning curve to get over. Needless to say I probably wont be putting my effort on a reel any time soon, but it was a great practice run for the thesis!

    I wish them the best of luck! I am sure they are more than qualified for the challenge… they just have to keep it simple…er… stupid;)! Im looking forward to the end results!