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Aquasnazz

Aquasnazz

This short film is a marvellous example of extreme animation. Jacob Bauming shows us a whirling dervish of sensory overload, with a tenuous connection to snazzy “aquatics,” using them as ...

Jacob Bauming
2003 | 1 min
An Aqueous Solution

An Aqueous Solution

This short animation is bleak and apparently grim, but it is an assertive statement on self-determination and the fundamental need for both dark and light. This is the first professional ...

Jo Meuris
2003 | 1 min
Baaad Dream

Baaad Dream

Emerging filmmaker Jesse Gouchey's animated short pokes fun at selectively-bred mammoth sheep, whose out-of-proportion form makes them vulnerable to tipping over, and a very fat Farmer who tries to ...

Jesse Gouchey
2012 | 1 min
Balloons

Balloons

This short animation film is about two little men floating into the deep blue sky, tied to balloons. But then each decides the sky belongs to him.

This film was ...

Jonas Brandao
2007 | 1 min
Batmilk

Batmilk

In this animated short, an oafish ghoul and his soft exposed brain are met with ruin when the brain is unexpectedly killed. Though paralyzed, the ghoul attains a fresh brain ...

Brandon Blommaert
2009 | 1 min
The Big Swing

The Big Swing

The macabre tale of a child trying to overcome her fear of the swing.

This film was made as part of the 7th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

Paula Gillgannon
2011 | 1 min
Biology Made Un-easy

Biology Made Un-easy

This short animation film is a close look at the microscopic world that surrounds us. Within each basic human interaction there is something strange festering under the surface, and we ...

James Braithwaite
2007 | 1 min
Black Gold

Black Gold

This animated short employs hand-drawn animation layered over stop-motion sequences of moving ink on drumskins to create a striking, mournful portrait of the Alberta tar sands.

This film was made ...

Aimée van Drimmelen
2011 | 1 min
Blind Evolution

Blind Evolution

Transformation, technology, higher powers, breath. These ideas and elements roil around inside Toronto artist and filmmaker Zane Kozak's CG-animated short, taking us on a somewhat troubling but eerily mystical ...

Zane Kozak
2010 | 1 min
Bones & Boats

Bones & Boats

This short animated tale of Victorian-era folly ends in tragedy. Kevin Langdale's graphic style brims with the majesty of human ambition and the indomitable and sometimes destructive power of ...

Kevin Langdale
2004 | 1 min
A Cloud's Dream

A Cloud's Dream

Watch as one cloud’s imagination soars from the familiar to the unknown on a captivating journey from dusk until dawn. Animated using partial audio waveform data, A Cloud’s ...

Andrew Hicks
2011 | 1 min
Cumulus

Cumulus

This short animation film is a multi–layered story of an accumulation of encounters between black clouds.

This film was made as part of the fourth edition of the NFB ...

Maya Ersan
2007 | 1 min
Eaude

Eaude

In this short animation Thea Pratt explores the exhilarating moment of a poetic dive. The movement of the puppet diver is influenced by Norman McLaren, Leni Riefenstahl and Busby Berkeley ...

Thea Pratt
2004 | 1 min
False Saints

False Saints

This experimental animation film examines society's deification of architecture and urbanization in the modern world and the impact on our relationship to nature. This is Sutherland’s first professional ...

Malcolm Sutherland
2003 | 2 min
Family Album Number One

Family Album Number One

In this animated short, a layered narrative exploring memory and family history is constructed using a collage of family photos, photocopies and personal audio recordings. The film explores the fragility ...

Jim Verburg
2009 | 1 min
Feather

Feather

In this short animation a little creature watches the transformation of a feather and follows a whale to where icebergs melt, leaving birds with nowhere to land. The materials used ...

Elisabeth Belliveau
2006 | 1 min
Flee

Flee

A man wakes in a sea of sand dunes. He clutches a metal suitcase as if it holds something of great value. In the distance looms a distorted and inhuman ...

Rosa Aiello
2012 | 1 min
Git Gob

Git Gob

In this animated short from the Hothouse 5 series, two creatures wonder, What is a hole? They have different points of view. Their debate leads to an idea, an idea ...

Philip Eddolls
2009 | 1 min
Glou Glou

Glou Glou

In this short animation film Marielle Guyot uses her computer skills with great artistic sensibility to bring the sea to life, death, and hopefully, life again.

This film was made ...

Marielle Guyot
2004 | 1 min
Grace Fall

Grace Fall

Grace Fall is about the struggles and joys of trying to perform impossibly well in a circus whose troupe members aren’t really visible, but can certainly be perceived regardless ...

Kyler Kelly
2013 | 1 min
Ice Ages

Ice Ages

Seeking shelter from a thunderstorm, a man sits in a pub watching the ice in his glass melt away. Howie Shia marries his graphic illustration style with subtle animation and ...

Howie Shia
2004 | 1 min
Immersion

Immersion

In this short animation film Megann Reid evokes the solitude and warmth of a bath. Drawn with water colour pencil crayons on frosted acetate, the animation was done under a ...

Megann Reid
2004 | 1 min
Interoculus

Interoculus

In an infinitely vast space, a woman, a man and a fish illustrate a flow of questions about perception. Pixillation and stop-motion animation enhance audience doubts about reality in Marie ...

Marie Valade
2010 | 1 min
Itch

Itch

Itch is an abstract expression of what it feels like to experience an eczema flare-up.

This film was made as part of the 9th edition of the NFB's Hothouse ...

Su-An Ng
2013 | 1 min
The Kiss

The Kiss

A slow, agonizing, juicy exploration of the oldest form of affection.

This film was made as part of the 7th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

Eva Cvijanovic
2011 | 1 min
Liberation

Liberation

Tormented forms struggle to break free of their bonds in this abstract animated short.

This film was made as part of the 9th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

Shahid Quadri
2013 | 1 min
Lost Monster Hop

Lost Monster Hop

In this short animated film, a little banjo-picking monster is trying to find her way at a signpost by the railway tracks. She sets out and finds what she is ...

Jody Kramer
2007 | 1 min
Margins

Margins

This short animated film looks at the relationship between social spaces and taboos surrounding mental illness and other forms of marginalization. The film is intended as a mood piece, a ...

Oliver Tsuji
2007 | 1 min
Marvin Parson’s Inner Wild Wilderness

Marvin Parson’s Inner Wild Wilderness

Filmmaker Fred Casia, inspired by the iconic '50s-vintage View-Master stereo viewer and '60s-era TV nature shows, takes us on a weird and wacky 3-D safari through the jungle that is ...

Fred Casia
2010 | 1 min
Meltdown

Meltdown

In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard ...

Carrie Mombourquette
2012 | 1 min
Meta Pre Ptolemy

Meta Pre Ptolemy

In this whimsical animated short, filmmaker Rachel Peters asks: "what if the laws of physics suddenly ceased to apply?" Peters explores this question through the tale of a man and ...

Rachel Peters
2006 | 2 min
Missed Connection

Missed Connection

In this animated short, a delusional young man spots the girl of his dreams in his favourite café and weaves a self-indulgent fantasy story of their imagined life together. Missed ...

Tabitha Fisher
2011 | 1 min
Observer

Observer

Smartphones cannot feel, smell or taste, yet they are not without their own senses. Using raw data from the low-level sensors of a cell phone, this film offers a unique ...

Brendan Matkin
2013 | 1 min
One

One

This minimalist piece of animation explores the origin of life.

This film was made as part of the fourth edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

Diego Stoliar
2007 | 1 min
Orange

Orange

This animated short poses some interesting questions: what if buildings pulsed, trees tapped out beats, or shadows could whistle a tune? Through the creative interpretation and animation of the city ...

Sylvie Trouvé
2009 | 1 min
Pearl

Pearl

In this animated short from the Hothouse 5 series, a lonely old lady sits in an empty room knitting. As her thoughts wander, her dreams take the shape of fanciful ...

Neely Goniodsky
2009 | 1 min
PFFF

PFFF

A revolution is kicked off when one little cloud has enough of the sun’s tyranny.

This film was made as part of the 8th edition of the NFB's ...

Susan Wolf
2012 | 1 min
Pierogi Pinch

Pierogi Pinch

As a young woman finds herself lost in daydreams while clumsily performing the tradition of making pierogies, she invokes the presence of her grandmother, who guides her through the messy ...

Kiarra Albina
2010 | 1 min
A Prairie Story

A Prairie Story

In this short animation film a prairie landscape undergoes a metamorphosis from rural idyll to over-urbanized dystopia. Director Anne Koizumi laments the changing face of her hometown of Calgary in ...

Anne Koizumi
2006 | 1 min
Reflexion

Reflexion

Two prisoners are trapped in a void. Trying separately to escape, they discover each other and have to overcome their fear in order to connect and find a way out ...

Greg Labute
2010 | 1 min
Reverie.exe

Reverie.exe

A sleeping computer dreams of humans forms, transforming their digital data into abstract and playful shapes. Movements, emotions, and musical lines are added layer upon layer until the complexity overloads ...

Wen Zhang
2012 | 1 min
Roy G Biv

Roy G Biv

In this short animation film Dale Hayward brings to life his watercolour on paper.

This film was made as part of the fourth edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

Dale Hayward
2007 | 1 min
Scientifiq Piqniq

Scientifiq Piqniq

An adventure through the cosmic unveiling of the beautiful and strange macro/micro structures that unite us with the Universe.

This film was made as part of the 9th edition ...

Paloma Dawkins
2013 | 1 min
Sick

Sick

The body is a magnificent system. But its harmony can be interrupted, sometimes by subversive agents within. Sick uses stop motion to bring to life a knitted body in a ...

Candace Couse
2011 | 1 min
A Single Tear

A Single Tear

This short animation film is an “epic” adventure and a magical environmental fairy tale. Amy Lockhart uses cutouts, drawings and collage (captured and manipulated as digital multi-plane animation) to conjure ...

Amy Lockhart
2004 | 2 min
Square Roots

Square Roots

In this short animated film a robot rambles about frenetically, receiving countless electronic messages through his antenna every second. Despite his fatigue and stress, he never slows down. The only ...

Patrick Doyon
2006 | 2 min
The Squirrel Next Door

The Squirrel Next Door

This stop-motion animation is about a spider who professes its love for a squirrel. An interspecies courtship unfolds between the two doe-eyed neighbours. This short film is a testament to ...

Carla Coma
2007 | 1 min
Submerge: Kami No Yu

Submerge: Kami No Yu

This short animation film is a “water poem,” set in a Japanese ofuro hot bath. It explores water as a medium and repository for collective stories and was created in ...

Cindy Mochizuki
2003 | 1 min
Swims

Swims

In this animated short a figure floats in landscapes and spaces without a ground plane. There is only water. The reflected skies are endless and mirrored interiors are doubled in ...

Kelly Sommerfeld
2006 | 2 min
System Error

System Error

This short animation film is a pithy critique of society's commercialization of water, abetted by an utter disregard for the future. The film is a mixed media whirlwind of ...

Anouk Préfontaine
2003 | 1 min
Unlaced

Unlaced

A myopic woman walks, then boogies, through a wintry urban landscape, her world view altered suddenly by a beat from within herself, transporting her to a rich and lush place ...

A. Megan Turnbull
2010 | 1 min
Vimy-Ridge

Vimy-Ridge

In this short animation Damien Hess attempts to connect with the tragedy of the First World War, a conflict that helped define Canada. In this film he uses imagery of ...

Damien Hess
2006 | 2 min
The Visitor

The Visitor

A small boy is left alone to play in a large and empty house. A dark cloud starts to seep in from behind the mail slot at the front door ...

David Barlow-Krelina
2012 | 1 min
Wake

Wake

A woman looks out across a lake, where each drop of water contains a memory of a pioneer in women’s sports, preserved forever.

This film was made as part ...

Jenna Marks
2013 | 1 min
Wiggles and Giggles

Wiggles and Giggles

In this animated short, a playful group is dancing when they become aware they're being watched by a huge, menacing head. When the head interrupts their good time, they ...

Sara Guindon
2009 | 1 min