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Rendez-vous de la Francophonie: NFB films available to francophone communities and francophiles all across Canada. Over 270 free screenings in more than 70 cities, in addition to online programming.


March 3, 2020 – Ottawa – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

For the 15th consecutive year, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is taking part in the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), which runs from March 1 to 31. The theme of this year’s RVF is the environment in all its many facets. During this epic celebration of Canada’s francophonie, the NFB will be touring every province and territory in the country, bringing over 270 free screenings to more than 70 cities. Francophone communities and francophiles will have access to five programs of documentary and animated films for audiences of all ages, in venues such as public libraries, workplaces, schools and universities, community theatres, churches, and cultural centres. Special programming will also be available online at ONF.ca throughout RVF.

Putting the spotlight on French-language culture throughout Canada, the five NFB programs for the RVF have a common denominator—they all illustrate a desire for change. The topics range from learning to dance (Point d’équilibre/A Delicate Balance) and finding happiness (Le bonheur de Lucien/Lucien’s Happiness), to the world of children (Mamie et Mia/Granny and Mia), community engagement (Le chemin rouge/Red Path), and asserting oneself through sign language (Les mots qui dansent/The Dance of Words).

Quick facts

The NFB at RVF 2020: five programs available near you

A detailed screening schedule can be found at RVF.ca, on the Calendar page.

  • Program 1: 75 min (general public, ages 8+)
    The Huge Gap between Dreams and Reality

  • Program 2: 75 min (general public)
    Inspiring Stories and Being Inspired

  • Program 3: 55 min (general public, ages 6+)
    Little Lessons Lead to Big Things

  • Program 4: 73 min (general public, ages 12+)
    When Awareness Sparks Action

  • Program 5: 77 min (this program contains mature language)
    French Spoken Loud and Clear

Online programming for RVF at ONF.ca

A special selection of films from the NFB’s collection will be offered online throughout the RVF, from March 1 to 31. Watch (or rewatch) a host of documentaries and animated films featuring Canada’s francophonie in all its diversity on ONF.ca, when and where you like. All you need is a screen.

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Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

French press release here | Communiqué en français ici.

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  • About the NFB

    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.