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In the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles for the 2022 Journées de la culture. Announcing Inside the NFB’s Creative Universe, the first-ever public event at the Îlot Balmoral headquarters.


September 14, 2022 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The very first public event hosted by the NFB at its new Montreal headquarters in Îlot Balmoral, next to Place des Festivals, will take place Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the Journées de la culture. In this space dedicated to creativity and sharing ideas, located in the heart of the downtown area, members of the public will have the opportunity to explore the NFB’s creative universe in the NFB Space and the Alanis Obomsawin Theatre, while enjoying a range of exclusive activities—including a rare opportunity to take a selfie with a real Oscar statuette! In keeping with the theme of this year’s Journées de la culture, “Haut et fort” (“loud and clear”), everyone is invited to come show their enthusiasm.

Quick facts – Continuous activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1, at 1500 Rue Balmoral

In the NFB Space

  • Jean-François Lévesque, director of I, Barnabé, will be on hand to explain how an animated film is made, including a look at the sets for his short film.
  • Visitors will be able to experience the virtual reality projects The Orchid and the Bee, by Frances Adair Mckenzie, and Biidaaban: First Light, by Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the NFB.
  • The language of haptic vibrations as a tool that can contribute to storytelling, just as images and sound do, will be explored with the help of the research team for the OONDUUULAAAA project: co-creative directors Katherine Melançon and Jean-François Clermont, and creative technologist Pierre Thirion.
  • Visitors will be able to view the set of Eva Cvijanović’s Hedgehog’s Home, where the protagonist of this animated short will be sleeping comfortably!
  • Visitors will be able to take a picture with a real Oscar
  • NFB films and merchandise will be on sale.

In the Alanis Obomsawin Theatre

  • Documentary and animated films will be screened in this magnificent new state-of-the-art theatre. Each program runs 30 minutes, with both English and French screenings available.

For full details, including the schedule of screenings and other practical information, visit:

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Media Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

  • Lily Robert
    Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NFB
    C.: 514-296-8261

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the foremost creative centres in the world. As a public producer and distributor of Canadian content, a talent incubator and a lever for Canada’s creative sector, the NFB produces nearly one hundred titles every year—from socially engaged documentaries and auteur animation to groundbreaking interactive works and participatory experiences. It was among the first cultural organizations to make clear commitments to gender parity; to launch an action plan with the goal of supporting Indigenous perspectives; and to establish concrete actions and targets that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to serving as a reference point around the world for digitization and preservation practices, the NFB ensures the long-term conservation of its works as part of the audiovisual heritage of all Canadians.