It’s Oscar season and our Canadian arts creators are alive and well again. Many of these talents started their journey in high school programs.
On a grey Sunday, a young boy resorts to placing coins on a nearby train track to entertain himself. Picking the coins up after the train has run them over, he discovers that an amazing transformation has taken place. Presented from a child’s vantage point, this cartoon is a nod to childhood and to the things kids do to escape boredom on Sunday afternoons.
In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, badminton, bird watching and liquor get in the way of cattle wrangling, and many misadventures ensue. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context
The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won more than 5,000 awards at festivals, including 12 Oscars. With more Academy Award nominations than any production company or organization outside of Hollywood, the NFB continues to be a pioneer in Canadian cinema.
The NFB garnered its 71st and 72nd Oscar-nominated film with Sunday by Patrick Doyon, and Wild Life, by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. This marks the 8th time in the NFB’s history that the institution gets a double nomination in the same category.
In Canada, Wild Life and Sunday are available for free streaming on the NFB’s Youtube channel. Not in Canada? Sunday and Wild Life are available for download in our Digital Boutique and on the Animation Express 2 DVD compilation.( NFB)