14th edition of NFB’s “Hothouse” program now online. Discover bold new animation from across Canada at nfb.ca


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Via:  hallux  •  one week ago  •  3 comments

By:   National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

14th edition of NFB’s “Hothouse” program now online. Discover bold new animation from across Canada at nfb.ca

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

Beginning today,   six eclectic animated shorts   from the   14th edition   of the   National Film Board of Canada’s   Hothouse   program   for   emerging animators   are available   online worldwide   at   nfb.ca   and on the   NFB app .

Just prior to the online launch, all six animators were in attendance at Montreal’s prestigious   Sommets du cinéma d’animation   for the festival premiere of their films.

The   14th season   of Hothouse features the work of   talented emerging animation filmmakers from across Canada :

There were a   record 401 applications   to fill the program’s six spots—a testament to the strength of Canadian animation and the popularity of Hothouse, now in its   20th year .

The theme for this year’s Hothouse is “ Small Things Considered ,” which filmmakers were free to use as inspiration to create   innovative one- to two-minute animated shorts .

Hothouse 14 is led by NFB animation producer   Maral Mohammadian ; associate producer   Anne Koizumi , a Calgary-born, Montreal-based animator who is an alumnus of the 2006 edition of Hothouse; and mentoring director   Andrea Dorfman , an award-winning Halifax filmmaker, artist, writer, animator and illustrator.

From Halifax

Red Star Alley   by   Jenny Yujia Shi
Press kit:   mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/red-star-alley

  • SYNOPSIS: A vine takes root in old Beijing witnessing the passage of time in a traditional  hutong  as this neighbourhood undergoes radical transformation. Making ingenious use of backlit cut-outs, Jenny crafts an animated elegy to a vanishing way of life.
  • ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: Born in a Beijing neighbourhood that’s since been demolished,   Jenny   explores themes of displacement and impermanence in work informed by her active engagement with immigrant communities. She holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

From Montreal

The Last Tango   by   Mochi Lin
Press kit:   mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/the-last-tango

  • SYNOPSIS: Drawn to unorthodox materials and themes, Mochi works with diaphanous stockings and acetate to depict courtship in the insect world, in a startling stop-motion   pas de deux .
  • ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:   Mochi explores themes of resistance and confinement in work like  Swallow Flying to the South , an animation that won top honours at the Osaka Asian Film Festival, earning a place on the 2023 BAFTA animation shortlist. Born in China, Mochi is a graduate of the Rhode Is land School of Design, where she studied film and animation, and is also an accomplished composer and pianist.

    My World, Your Melody   by   Bianca Shonee Arroyo-Kreimes
    Press kit:   mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/my-world-your-melody

    • SYNOPSIS: A choir of tropical frogs performs infectious pop in delightfully unsettling animation. Riffing on karaoke companion videos and the swipe-’n-scroll conventions of hand-held media, Bianca infuses candy-coloured digital animation with the spectre of ecological collapse.
    • ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:   Bianca   is a Costa Rican-Canadian digital media artist who grew up on the edge of a rainforest, crafting eco-dystopian work like  Last Species on Earth , a 3D-animation installation commissioned by Toronto’s Trinity Square Video. Currently an MFA candidate in Concordia University’s Intermedia program, she’s exhibited in Europe and North America.

    From Toronto

    Amma   by   Akash Jones
    Press kit:   mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/amma

    • SYNOPSIS: Having fun with comic-book motifs and plasticine, Akash honours the no-nonsense, second-generation immigrant mother who raised him, instilling habits that guide him to this day.
    • ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: A recent graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University, Akash has drawn more than 200,000 subscribers to his  YouTube channels,   earning animation production credits with major studios like Amazon and Sony Pictures. Family themes loom large in films like  A Tale of Two Regents , his thoughtful live-action tribute to his immigrant dad.
    • From Calgary

      Unblending   by   Michelle Ku
      Press kit:   mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/unblending

      • SYNOPSIS: Falling asleep can be a challenge when multiple contradictory thoughts conspire to keep you awake. Drawing on her experience with somatic healing, Michelle puts these thoughts to rest in a few vivid minutes of hand-painted animation.
      • ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins, where she studied graphic design,  Michelle is as adept at large-scale murals as she is in animation. Diagnosed with complex PTSD, she creates vivid work reflecting a keen interest in the mind-body-spirit connection.

      From Vancouver

      Not Enough Womb for the Two of Us   by   Cameron Kletke
      Press kit:   mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/not-enough-womb-for-the-two-of-us

      • SYNOPSIS: An  in utero skirmish between twins, employing watercolours and pastel to plunge us into an intimate watery universe where the umbilical cord becomes a prop in a comic battle of wills.
      • ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: A graduate of Emily Carr University,  Cameron creates experimental animation with ink, pastel and other 2D media. Her work has screened worldwide, and  Between You and Me , her hand-drawn short, took home the best Canadian student animation award from the 2023 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

      Distinguished Hothouse alumni

      The NFB’s Hothouse program in Montreal has helped kick-start the careers of acclaimed animators from across Canada. Over 70 animators have come through the program in the past 20 years, including Patrick Doyon, Paloma Dawkins, Philip Eddolls, Howie Shia, Alex Boya, Malcolm Sutherland, Eva Cvijanovic, David Barlow-Krelina and the creative duo of Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé.

      More about the Hothouse 14 team

      • Andrea Dorfman ’s acclaimed NFB credits include the shorts   Flawed (2009),   Big Mouth  (2012) and   Hairy Legs   (2024), and the feature doc  The Girls of Meru  (2018). In 2017, she adapted and illustrated  Flawed   as a YA graphic memoir for  Firefly Books .
      • Hothouse 14 associate producer   Anne Koizumi   is an independent filmmaker and media arts educator. In 2006, she completed her first professional film,  A Prairie Story , as part of Hothouse 3. Her 2020 short doc   In the Shadow of the Pines   was named Best Narrative Short and Best Canadian Animation at OIAF and Best Animated Short at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
      • Maral Mohammadian   is a producer with the NFB’s English Animation Unit in Montreal. Her recent productions include Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new Mikrofilm/NFB animated short   Maybe Elephants , and Marta Pajek’s multi-award-winning Animoon/NFB co-produced   Impossible Figures and other stories I .


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1  seeder  Hallux    one week ago

The image is from Mochi Lin's 'The Last Tango'.

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2  evilone    one week ago

I'll have to check these out later.

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2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  evilone @2    one week ago



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