FREE NFB SCREENINGS TO CELEBRATE LA FRANCOPHONIE

Here are five film programs that give audiences across Canada the chance to participate in a unique annual celebration, a rich and diversified selection of films that places the spotlight on the culture of French expression throughout Canada. Aimed at children, teens and adults, these five programs have one common denominator: they all illustrate a desire for change.

- Programming: Online or by file download (PDF format)
- Registration form

To assist to screenings, consult the RVF calendar, later in February.

In the meanwhile, films on L’espace francophonie all year long on ONF.ca.


FIVE PROGRAMS :

Program 1: 75 min (General public, ages 8+): The Huge Gap between Dreams and Reality

Filmed from the perspective of its young subjects, with top billing given to French, the language of classical dance for centuries, A Delicate Balance takes an introspective look at the hopes and dreams of ballet dancers on the verge of adolescence.

Point d’équilibre (A Delicate Balance) | Christine Chevarie-Lessard | 2018 | 75 min

Program 2: 75 min (General public): Inspiring Stories and Being Inspired

In this program of two films produced at the Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie, happiness is contagious, and the protagonists have great respect for the environment.

Le bonheur de Lucien (Lucien’s Happiness) (with English subtitles) | Nathalie Hébert | 2019 | 23 min
Les artisans de l’atelier (The Artisans) | Daniel Léger | 2018 | 52 min

Program 3: 62 min (General public, ages 6+) : Little Lessons Lead to Big Things

This program consists of animated films and one documentary short that evoke the world of children, be it in their families or in their communities. These formative environments shape the citizens of tomorrow, and the films in this program offer unique examples of the life-learning process, in a spirit of knowledge transfer and continuity, both of which are important traits for any social group.

Mamie et Mia (Granny and Mia) | Émilie Villeneuve | 2018 | 2 min 44 s
Tzaritza | Theodore Ushev | 2006 | 7 min
Maq and the Spirit of the Woods | Phyllis Grant | 2006 | 8 min 
Chez madame Poule (At Home with Mrs. Hen) | Tali | 2006 | 7 min
Wapos Bay – Raiders of the Lost Art | Daniel Frenette and Dennis Jackson | 2008 | 24 min Program 

Program 4: 73 min (General public, ages 12+): When Awareness Sparks Action

In these four films, we follow the journeys of four protagonists who have a realization that prompts them to take action and make a positive mark on their community, be it in Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick or in an Indigenous community in Quebec.

Emma fait son cinéma (Emma Makes Movies) | Mélanie Léger | 2013 | 16 min 43 s
Le chemin rouge (Red Path) | Thérèse Ottawa | 2015 | 15 min 27 s
Mes réseaux sociaux et moi (Social Me) | Katia Café-Fébrissy | 2015 | 23 min
360 degrés (360 Degrees) | Caroline Monnet | 2008 | 18 min

Program 5: 77 min (This program contains mature language): French Spoken Loud and Clear

There are many ways in which French can be part of a community. In this program, French is spoken loud and clear through the language of theatre, the language of feminism and the language of the deaf.

La sentinelle (The Sentry) | Claude Guilmain | 2010 | 3 min 40 s
Les terribles vivantes – 1re partie : Louky Bersianik (Firewords – Part 1: Louky Bersianik) | Dorothy Todd Hénaut | 1986 | 28 min 50 s (feminist language for the informed ear)
Les mots qui dansent (The Dance of Words) | Yves Étienne Massicotte | 2014 | 44 min (Langue des signes québécoise)

Organizing Public Screenings

WHO can organize public screenings?

  • Anyone!

WHAT can we screen?

  • The five programs described above. Hyperlinks to each title are provided to help you select, as you can watch each film or a clip from each film. For more information, please feel free to contact the programming agent, Florence François, at f.francois@nfb.ca or at 514-914-9253.

HOW MUCH does it cost to organize public screenings?

  • Everything is free: the films and promotional materials will be made available to you!

WHERE do we organize public screenings?

  • You could organize a public screening in a community hall, a school gymnasium, a school, a parish hall, a seniors’ residence, a library, a classroom… or even your living room. All you need to do is find a venue where it’s easy to set up a projector, a DVD player and a screen, depending on your needs.

HOW do I go about this?

  • Steps:
    1. Request the registration form at RVF@nfb.ca if you do not have the document yet, and fill out the form.
    2. Select your program(s).
    3. Find a venue and set the screening dates for between March 1 and 31, 2020.
    4. E-mail the registration form to RVF@nfb.ca or fax it to 514-841-3500 by January 31, 2020, at the latest.
    5. If you can, find a guest speaker to discuss the films after the screening. This often attracts a larger audience and stimulates discussion.
    6. You will receive the DVD or the downloadable link, or you can download the film yourself (depending on what you requested), along with the promotional materials.
    7. Promote your screenings in your community to attract as many people as possible. For example, by putting up posters of the event in strategic locations at least three weeks in advance, by using social media, sending out e-mails, making use of local media, or placing ads if it’s a public event (see checklist provided in the registration form for tips).

You commit to…

  • Holding your screenings only during the RVF, i.e., between March 1 and 31, 2020.
  • Presenting each program in its entirety (let us know beforehand if this is not possible).
  • Performing the necessary technical testing as soon as you receive the DVDs or have downloaded the files.
  • Providing the NFB with an audience data report for each screening by April 3, 2020, at the latest.
  • Returning or destroying the DVDs provided, or deleting the downloaded files. If you choose to destroy the DVDs or deleting the downloaded files, please inform the NFB at RVF@nfb.ca.

 

The NFB commits to…

  • Providing you with the films in the programs you’ve selected on DVD or via a download link.
  • Giving you online access to all the promotional materials available so you can promote the event in your networks.
  • Sending you posters in French for each program (max. 4 posters).
  • Promoting your screenings on the RVF and NFB websites and blogs.
  • Promoting public screenings in the press release announcing the participation of the NFB in the RVF.

 

Let’s all celebrate the Francophonie together!

Florence François
Programming Agent
Distribution, Communications and Marketing
National Film Board of Canada
f.francois@onf.ca