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Francophone communities and francophiles across the country will get the chance to watch more NFB films than ever through a tour featuring nearly 280 free screenings in 69 cities and an accompanying online offer

Rich NFB offer features fun thematic content that will capture viewers’ attention

March 1, 2018 – Ottawa – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada is pulling out all the stops to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), taking place March 1 to 21, 2018. Participating in RVF festivities for the 13th consecutive year, the NFB will be offering an extensive film tour that features a lineup of 24 documentaries and animated works; a wide selection of thematic content that’s more varied than ever, with programs on women artists, love in all its forms, and the strong bond between children and their grandparents; as well as an entertaining group activity. In all, nearly 280 NFB screenings are scheduled in 69 cities throughout Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories—a 24 percent increase over last year.

Francophone communities and francophiles across the country will be able to come together and enjoy four film programs designed for audiences of all ages: Des femmes inspirées et inspirantes – Inspired and Inspiring Women; L’amour, toujours l’amour ! – Love Is All You Need; Cinéma d’animation et jeu pour les petits et les grands –Animation/Group Activity for Young and Old Alike; and Pour l’amour de mes grands-parents… – For the Love of Our Grandparents… And we haven’t forgotten online audiences. They’ll be able to view an online selection of films from the tour for the entire duration of the event: 20 titles celebrating the RVF’s 20th anniversary, all available at ONF.ca/RVF2018 (in French).

The NFB’s lineup for the RVF: four programs at a venue near you

  • Program 1 (73 min): Des femmes inspirées et inspirantes – Inspired and Inspiring Women: five short documentaries about francophone women artists whose passion and creative spark have left their mark on society.
    87 screenings in 59 cities – audience: ages 8+

  • Program 2 (66 min): L’amour, toujours l’amour! – All You Need Is Love includes nine animated shorts that ponder love in all its forms: fantasy love, love of family, music or women, love with a capital L.
    44 screenings in 21 cities – audience: ages 10+

  • Program 3 (46-min screening and 30-min game): Cinéma d’animation et jeu pour les petits et les grands – Animation/Group Activity for Young and Old Alikea selection of six animated shorts. Some are funny, even hilarious, and some are somewhat more serious… but never too serious. Audiences will then play a game that will give them a chance to have some fun in French. Warning: laughter is contagious!
    screenings in 42 cities – audience: ages 8 to 99

  • Program 4 (40 min): Pour l’amour de mes grands-parents… – For the Love of Our Grandparents… features four animated films that explore the touching and unique bond between children and their grandparents. A wonderful family outing!
    68 screenings in 37 cities – audience: ages 4+

Online program selected from the NFB film tour: from March 1 to 21, in honour of the RVF’s 20th anniversary, 20 films will be available at ONF.ca/RVF2018.

  • This selection includes the recent films J’aime les filles / I Like Girls by Diane Obomsawin, La dent / The Tooth by Guy Delisle, and L’amour libre / Free Love by Aude Picault. Exceptions: Vaysha l’aveugle / Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev, La maison du hérisson / Hedgehog’s Home by Eva Cvijanović, Si j’étais le bon Dieu / If I Was God… by Cordell Barker, and Nadine by Patrick Péris will only be available at RVF screenings.
  • Detailed screening schedule
    The detailed screening schedule can be found at RVF.ca, on the Calendar page.


Associated Links

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

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

    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.