The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
The Man Who Stole Dreams

The Man Who Stole Dreams

| 11 min

This enchanting and magical animation film, an ode to our dreams during the night, celebrates the creative imagination, uniqueness, and the human spirit. The plot involves a man who steals the dreams of innocent villagers, then eventually tries to sell them back to the townsfolk. Sarah, a young child, is instrumental in alerting the villagers to what has happened and enabling them to find and reclaim their dreams. Suitable for Grade 3 to adult; film, dream, and creativity courses; psychology; and mental health-care programs. Based on Barbara Taylor's book, The Man Who Stole Dreams.

  • director
    Joyce Borenstein
  • camera
    Joyce Borenstein
  • animation
    Joyce Borenstein
  • producer
    Margaret Pettigrew
  • executive producer
    Kathleen Shannon
  • sound
    Norah Fraser
    Christian Fortin
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • music editing
    Julian Olson
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Adrian Croll
  • voice
    Joan Heney
    Vlasta Vrana
    Joyce Borenstein
    Andrew Bednarsky
    Shirley Merovitz
  • music
    Wende Bartley


Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 

The Man Who Stole Dreams
Also available

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset