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NFB AT THE 2016 JOURNÉES DE LA CULTURE. From Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Félix Leclerc to choral groups, music will be celebrated throughout Quebec in outstanding NFB films and the unique immersive experience of Minotaur under the SAT dome in Montreal.


Le chœur d’une culture / Photo : Vincent Massé © 2009 Office national du film du Canada. Tous droits réservés.

September 13, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) invites music-loving Quebeckers to the 20th Journées de la culture—featuring a musical theme this year, from September 30 to October 2—and will be offering an exciting slate of free activities throughout Quebec. Online in the ONF.ca Screening Room, choral singing and music education will be highlighted in three insightful and sensitive films. Some of the NFB’s best music films—including Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission by Theodore Ushev and Félix Leclerc chante Cadet Rousselle by Daniel Frenette—will be shown as part of a program of shorts for the whole family presented in public libraries in ten regions of Quebec. In Montreal, the NFB production Minotaur will be shown under the dome at SAT Fest, held with the Société des arts technologiques (SAT). The film by Munro Ferguson, who will be in attendance, is a fascinating experience combining animation with a haunting soundtrack by Kid Koala. A broad selection of NFB Indigenous films, many focusing on Inuit culture, will also be screened by the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Journées de la culture is a popular event that is attended by thousands of Quebeckers and has inspired other regions of Canada to follow its example. This year’s edition is making an array of cultural choices even more accessible to people in their local communities. N.B.: The Journées de la culture will be showing the French versions of NFB films with dialogue.

Quick Facts

NFB participation in the Journées de la culture, September 30 to October 2, 2016

  • Online content at ONF.ca

The NFB’s French online Screening Room, ONF.ca, will feature three insightful and sensitive films on the essential role that music can play in our lives: Le chœur d’une culture (Together in Harmony) by Marie-France Guerrette, about the unforgettable journey of Edmonton’s Chorale Saint-Jean when the choir is invited to help celebrate Quebec City’s 400th anniversary in 2008; À travers chants (For a Song) by Tahani Rached, about the magnificent yet unheralded world of choral music and the intense bond it creates in such groups as the Ensemble vocal d’Outremont; … et la musique (… And Music) by Michel Lam, who filmed a year at the Sacré-Cœur primary school in Sherbrooke, showing how incorporating music into the curriculum can contribute to a child’s development.

  • Thematic program in 15 public libraries in ten regions of Quebec (Gaspésie, Côte-Nord, Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montérégie, Laurentians, Laval and Montreal)

An inspiring selection of 12 NFB classic shorts that will appeal to audiences of all ages. Come hear—and see—the music! Total running time: 57 minutes.

An Artist by Michèle Cournoyer (5 min)

The Chinese Violin by Joe Chang (8 min)

Hen Hop by Norman McLaren (4 min)

Bossa Bop by Sheldon Cohen (2 min)

Félix Leclerc chante Cadet Rousselle by Daniel Frenette (6 min)

The Cat Came Back… by Cordell Barker (8 min)

Catuor by Judith Klein (4 min)

Canada Vignettes: The Log Driver’s Waltz by John Weldon (3 min)

Vive la rose by Bruce Alcock (6 min)

Reverie.exe by Wen Zhang (1 min)

La symphonie fantastique (La marche au supplice) Hector Berlioz by Guy Simoneau (6 min)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission by Theodore Ushev (6 min)

Participating public libraries

Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Bernard-Dubé (Carleton, Gaspésie)

Bibliothèque Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal)

Bibliothèque J.-Alide-Pellerin (Yamachiche, Mauricie)

Bibliothèque Gaby-Farmer-Denis (Les Cèdres, Montérégie)

Bibliothèque Georges-Henri-Lévesque (Roberval, Lac-Saint-Jean)

Bibliothèque Louis-Ange-Santerre (Sept-Îles, Côte-Nord)

Bibliothèque Saint-Henri (Montreal)

Bibliothèque de Thetford Mines (Chaudière-Appalaches)

Bibliothèque municipale de Châteauguay (Montérégie)

Bibliothèque municipale de Sainte-Julie (Montérégie)

Bibliothèque municipale de Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan (Lanaudière)

Bibliothèque Saint-Charles (Montreal)

Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent (Montreal)

Bibliothèque Yves-Thériault (Laval)

Bibliothèque Samuel-Ouimet (Mont-Tremblant, Laurentians)

  • Participation in SAT Fest in Montreal

On Saturday, October 1, the NFB, in co-operation with the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), will present SAT Fest, a selection of the five best immersive short films recently offered under the SAT dome. The program includes the NFB production Minotaur by Munro Ferguson, who will be present at this unique event. His film was created with Sandde, the world’s first freehand stereoscopic 3D animation software, with a haunting soundtrack composed by Kid Koala and Jan Pienkowski.

Other films at SAT Fest:

Swarm by Yan Breuleux and Sam & Sam, Dark Matter by Patrick Trudeau and Orbital Mechanics, Chronophage by TiND and Création Ex Nihilo, and Multiverse by Sean Caruso.

Saturday, October 1 at the Satosphère (1201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal), noon to 5 p.m.

For more details on SAT Fest, go to:


  • A selection of Indigenous short films at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

On Saturday, October 1, the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) will present a rich selection of 15 Indigenous shorts from the NFB collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in tune with the MMFA’s Canadian art collection and its focus on Inuit artworks. Total running time: 82 minutes.

Meltdown by Carrie Mombourquette (animation, 1 min)

The Owl and the Lemming: An Eskimo Legend by Co Hoedeman (animation, 6 min)

I Can Make Art Like… Andrew Qappik by Jane Churchill (documentary, 11 min)

The Sniffing Bear by Co Hoedeman (animation, 7 min)

Nunavut Animation Lab: I Am But a Little Woman by Gyu Oh (animation, 4 min)

Vistas – InukShop by Jobie Weetaluktuk (documentary, 2 min)

The Owl and the Raven: An Eskimo Legend by Co Hoedeman (animation, 6 min)

Nunavut Animation Lab: Lumaajuuq by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (animation, 7 min)

Islet by Nicolas Brault (animation, 7 min)

Vistas – Little Thunder by Nance Ackerman and Alan Syliboy (animation, 3 min)

Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik by Ame Papatsie (animation) 5 min

Vistas – Walk-in-the-Forest by Diane Obomsawin (animation, 3 min)

Vistas – Dancers of the Grass by Melanie Jackson (animation, 2 min)

Tuktu and the Magic Bow by Laurence Hyde (documentary, 14 min)

Nunavut Animation Lab: The Bear Facts by Jonathan Wright (animation, 4 min)


Associated Links

Journées de la culture
SAT Fest
Montreal International Children’s Film Festival
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.