The National Film Board of Canada presents - McLaren Now

McLaren Now celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman McLaren, the great Canadian filmmaker and founder of animation at the National Film Board. Presented by the NFB in partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, this program demonstrates that his spirit of innovation and exploration is alive and well in today’s animation.

Marcel Jean Artistic Director Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Program 1

We invite you to watch this first of three McLaren Now programs and discover films made by some of McLaren’s artistic heirs. Two more programs will be launched at the Annecy festival in France, taking place June 9 to 14, 2014.


Norman Mclaren


Court métrage d’animation présentant des jeux de couleurs, de formes et de sons. En guise de musique, Norman McLaren a dessiné des sons synthétiques et il les a photographiés sur la bande sonore en conservant un parallélisme absolu entre le son et l'image. Synchromie est un film de « son animé » dans le vrai sens du terme.

Programs 2 to 3

Coming soon

A walk through the city with McLaren, remixed

A walk through the city with McLaren, remixed

From April 11 to June 1, 2014, several contemporary projects incorporate McLaren’s iconic images into videos projected on architectural facades in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. Take a walk through this dazzling site-specific video installation and experience animation like never before.

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Meanwhile, in Scotland…

in Scotland…

The legacy of Norman McLaren’s work is shared between Canada and Scotland, the country of his birth. On the occasion of his centenary, screenings, exhibitions, workshops, and performances will take place around the United Kingdom, celebrating McLaren’s innovative techniques and creative spirit. 

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Make your own animation with just an iPad and a dream!

Download McLaren’s Workshop, our free iPad app, which includes 51 McLaren works and the tools you need to create your own films via three groundbreaking animation techniques pioneered by McLaren himself.