The next edition of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will be held from March 1 to 31, 2019. The event celebrates the vitality of French across Canada. For the first time, the Rendez-vous is running a full month—during which time the National Film Board of Canada will be offering a selection of four free screening programs.
The first of these programs puts the spotlight on documentary, featuring La Part du Diable (The Devil’s Share) by Luc Bourdon—offered for public screening exclusively in most Canadian cities. The film won the prize for best medium- or feature-length documentary at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA).
The NFB is known throughout the world for its animation. Not to be outdone by documentary, the second program features a selection of award-winning short animated films recognized by the most prestigious international festivals. Animation is not just for kids, as this program of inspiring, funny, moving, and sometimes troubling films shows. Two other animation programs—one of them inspired by Indigenous stories and including films primarily by Indigenous directors—are aimed squarely at children and do a great job of reflecting Canadian diversity.
Starting in February, the list of confirmed screenings will be accessible through the RVF calendar.
I hope many of you can come out and celebrate Canada’s Francophonie!