Hothouse is a 12-week paid apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian filmmakers. Located in Montreal, Quebec, it was created in 2003 by NFB Animation Studio producer Michael Fukushima and executive producer David Verrall. The aim is to re-imagine ways of making animation that are faster, more flexible and that celebrate the shortest of short forms.
This fifth edition of Hothouse brings together six promising new talents from across Canada: Brandon Blommaert, Philip Eddolls, Sylvie Trouvé, Neely Goniodsky, Sara Guindon and Jim Verburg. Their films were created using handmade puppets, pen drawings, collage, photography and innovative blends of mixed techniques to create six one-minute films.
This year's theme was "The Time I Changed My Mind" and each of the six films explores this theme in a different way. From a ghoul who loses his brain in Batmilk to a city that pulses with dynamic beats and hidden rhythms in Orange. From an old woman who knits herself an imaginary world in Pearl to two beings who discover an alternate perspective of the cosmos in Git Gob. From five friends who join forces when a menacing presence interrupts their party in Wiggles and Giggles to a collage of family photographs that explore memory and family history in Family Album Number One.
The films range from the poetic to the absurd but maintain the creative and technical excellence that is the hallmark of NFB animation.