School Break Short Films
Looking for something to do indoors with your family over the Christmas break from school? We will be showing a selection of short films from the National Film Board to add some extra value to your Museum visit! The films will run daily on a repeating loop and will feature a variety of live action and animated shorts that are sure to appeal to all ages.
National Film Board Films
Lord of the Sky – Eugen Spaleny and Ludmila Zeman, 1991 | 13 min
In this animated environmental parable, we find a people living in harmony with nature, until carelessness leads to the ravens’ revenge. We follow a boy’s courageous journey to the spirit world to find the only one who can save his village from the resulting darkness–the Lord of the sky. An artistic unity of form and content, Lord of the Sky is a dazzling combination of 3-D models, puppets, special effects and cut-out paper animation. Its intricate, beautifully rendered drawings reflect the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The film speaks strongly of the need for ecological balance in the world.
The Great Toy Robbery – Jeff Hale, 1963 | 6 min
This short animation stars the world’s most-wanted good guy: Santa Claus. In this spoof of the Wild West, good triumphs over evil, but not before the evil robbers and their innocent victims have romped through some odd situations.
Shaman – Echo Henoche, 2017 | 5 min
This animated short tells the story of a ferocious polar bear turned to stone by an Inuk shaman. The tale is based on emerging filmmaker Echo Henoche’s favourite legend, as told to her by her grandfather in her home community of Nain, Nunatsiavut, on Labrador’s North Coast. Hand-drawn and painted by Henoche in a style all her own, Shaman is the first collaboration between the Labrador artist and the NFB.
Threads – Torill Kove, 2017 | 8 min
In her latest animated short, Academy Award®-winning director Torill Kove explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.
How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly – Munro Ferguson, 1995 | 6 min
The dinosaurs were headed for trouble. They ate nothing but junk food. They never brushed their teeth. They stayed up all night. And though they loved jumping off cliffs, they didn’t like the landings much. The early mammals tried to warn them. “Keep that up and you’ll all be extinct!” they said. But the dinosaurs just laughed… and over time, they evolved into birds.
Meltdown – Carrie Mombourquette, 2012 | 1 min
In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament. This film was made as part of the 8th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
Ludovic – the Snow Gift – Co Hoedeman, 1998 | 14 min
In this animated short, Ludovic the bear learns the meaning of friendship while evoking our memories of cherished childhood toys. Often left out of the winter fun because his parents deem him too young, Ludovic finally finds a playmate when a giant snowstorm strands a doll on his front lawn. He spends all his time with his new doll, which miraculously comes to life and provides him with the companionship he’d been longing for.
It’s Snow – Gayle Thomas, 1974 | 5 min
Colour cut-out animation inspired by the shape of snowflakes and touched with the airy magic of these fragile designs. While music tinkles invitingly, snowflakes roll and whirl, pulse and glitter, shining with the many hues of twinkling lights. Made without words, this is a joyous film to please the fancy and captivate eye and ear.
Snow Cat – Sheldon Cohen, 1998 | 23 min
A grandmother tells her young grandchild the moving tale of a lonely girl and an unforgettable magical cat in this animated short narrated by Oscar®, Emmy and Tony award winner Maureen Stapleton. The film is based on a short story written by Dayal Kaur Khalsa and adapted by two-time Governor General’s award recipient Tim Wynne-Jones.