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An evolving collection of innovative, interactive stories exploring the world – and our place in it – from uniquely Canadian points of view.

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Change. It’s scary.

But when things evolve and paradigms shift, we get a chance to try new things, to meet new people, and go to new places.

At the NFB we like change. For 70 years we've experimented, innovated, and produced a legacy of technical and creative firsts in cinema, animation, and documentary. Think McLaren, Lipsett, Brittain, and Jutra; Stereoscopic 3d, VTR, and participatory media.

Today, the way we create, consume, and connect with each other changes by the minute. And this evolving collection of stories reflects that reality.

It's the result of artists and storytellers of all sorts utilizing new technology, to explore new forms of creation, for a new kind of Canada.

The stories they're telling here are new, but share a lot in common with the work that came before: they present distinct voices, strong points-of-view, and unique perspectives. They also share the same ambition to provoke discussion, spur debate and challenge the way we think.

So let the conversation begin. The digital space, more than anything, is the new meeting place – the school gymnasium or church basement of our time. It’s where we connect as a community, look forward to the future, and embrace change together, in order to make change happen.

Scary or otherwise.

We need to support content that is not tied to existing broadcast properties and may never have a broadcast component. This is perhaps the riskiest and most difficult content to develop and, in some ways, the most important. It is here that the language, aesthetics and dynamics of new media programming will be developed. We are only at the very beginning of the emergence of new art forms and new modes of popular entertainment.

Tom Perlmutter
Government Film Commissioner & Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada

More About this Site

What is this thing? A growing collection of projects – interactive documentaries, video and animations, photographic art and essays, data visualizations, mobile and locative media, community media, and user-generated media. New projects are always in development and added on a regular basis.

Software and System Requirements

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0+ plug-in
  • Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed
  • Mac OS X v10.3 or higher
  • Broadband connection recommended
  • Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+,
  • Safari 1.0+, Chrome

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is the nation’s public producer of artistic, inventive and socially relevant audiovisual content. For over 70 years our mandate has been to engage Canadians and the world through the production of stories and media that reflect our country and culture. Our bold and distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and innovative digital content provide the world with unique Canadian perspectives and points of view.

Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

This country has stories to tell.

Always has.

We’re working with a new generation of creators, using a new generation of digital technologies to convey the extraordinary experiences, unique perspectives, and simple truths that define us.

Together we’re creating new ways to express what’s important, interact with each other, and build community.

If you have a story get your ideas together, then connect with us.

Because we know this country has stories to tell.

And always will.

What kinds of creations?

Interactive documentaries and animations, photographic art and essays, data visualizations, mobile and locative media, physical installations, community media, interactive video, and user-generated media...

Who should get involved?

Filmmakers, Photographers. Designers, Social Media Producers, Graphic Artists, Information Architects, Writers, Video and Sound Artists, Musicians...

NFB/Interactive Creators Guide (pdf)