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Winnipeggers are being treated to a feast of FREE animation screenings and activities from October 22 to November 6, 2011, with the fifth edition of the National Film Board of Canada’s Get Animated! program. Get Animated! is a national NFB program that brings the experience of great animation to over 20 cities across Canada in celebration of International Animation Day, October 28. 

Winnipeg’s Get Animated! program will be presented in English at the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) and in French at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (340 Provencher Boulevard, Saint-Boniface). Winnipeg partners for Get Animated! include On Screen Manitoba and the Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre for Young People. 

Get Animated! features new releases from the NFB’s Oscar-winning animation studios as well as a family program for all ages. Winnipeg will play host to screenings and discussions with acclaimed local animator Anita Lebeau—whose film Big Drive received the Youth Jury Award for Best Animated Short from Freeze Frame—along with a selection of some of the finest and funniest NFB animation. Winnipeggers will also be able to take part in hands-on animation workshops and a master class on music in animated film. 

To view Get Animated! online, or for the complete schedule of screenings, visit <nfb.ca/getanimated>. 

New Releases 

The NFB’s New Releases program features 10 animated releases, including Anita Lebeau’s Big Drive. The story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s, this exuberant exploration of childhood imagination invites audiences of all ages to see the world as it appears from the back seat. 

Other new releases in Get Animated! are Wild Life, by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, the story of a dapper young Englishman sent to the wild west of Alberta to try his hand at ranching; Juliette Loubières’ puppet animation film Pumpkins and Old Lace; Patrick Doyon’s Sunday, recipient of a Special Mention at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival; and Marv Newland’s CMYK, a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement.

Highlights also include acclaimed new shorts such as I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, director Ann Marie Fleming’s adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir, and Koji Yamamura’s Muybridge’s Strings, a poetic exploration of the irrepressible human desire to freeze our fleeting moments of happiness.

The New Releases program will be presented in French on Friday, October 28 at 10 p.m. at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain, and in English on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Cinematheque.  

Family Program & Workshop 

Get Animated! offers a fun-filled selection of some of the NFB’s newest animation for kids of all ages. Anita Lebeau’s Big Drive will again be featured, along with Phyllis Grant’s Waseteg, the story of a young Mi’kmaq girl; Nicola Lemay’s Private Eyes, about a visually impaired boy with great powers of observation; and, one of the most-watched films on <NFB.ca>, Jo Meuris’s The Girl Who Hated Books

The Family Program will be presented in English on Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. at the Cinematheque, following a hands-on animation workshop for kids starting at 2 p.m. The Family Program will be presented in French on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. 

Master Class

Get Animated! offers a unique opportunity to learn from animation masters and discover the techniques—and challenges—behind a variety of NFB animated films.

In Winnipeg, animator, musician, composer and sound designer Luigi Allemano will give a master class on Saturday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. entitled “Making Music for Animation.” Allemano will offer interactive exercises and discussions demonstrating the process of creating music for animated film. His work has appeared in Oscar-nominated animation films, television series, Juno Award-winning commercial recordings and film soundtracks.

This master class will be presented at Red River College’s Roblin Centre, 160 Princess Street (Exchange District). 

About International Animation Day 

International Animation Day, October 28, is an annual celebration in over 40 countries, initiated by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) in 2002. Norman McLaren was the first president of ASIFA, and the NFB is proud to be bringing this global celebration to Canadian communities for the fifth consecutive year. 

About the National Film Board of Canada 

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, auteur animation, social-issue documentaries and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB has led the way in animation for 70 years, since cinema pioneer Norman McLaren founded its first animation unit. Today, the NFB produces groundbreaking animated works at its studios and centres across Canada, as well as via international coproductions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is also leading the way in 3D stereoscopic animation and animated content for new platforms. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. The <NFB.ca> Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere. 

For more information, please contact: 

RoseAnna Schick, Publicist for the NFB
Phone: 204-783-7600
E-mail: [email protected]  
Melissa Than, Publicist, NFB
Phone: 416-952-8960 / Cell: 647-248-9854
E-mail: [email protected] / Twitter: @NFB_Melissa  
Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Phone: 514-283-3838 / Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: [email protected] 

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