June 5, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – National Film Board of  Canada 

It’s the 10th-anniversary edition of the National Film Board of Canada’s acclaimed Hothouse program for emerging animators―and this year, things are going to be a little different.

To begin with, Academy Award-winning animator Chris Landreth―creator of such mind-bending works as the Oscar-winning Ryan and the Canadian Screen Award-winning Subconscious Password―has signed on as mentoring director.

This year’s Hothouse theme, “Overheard,” has a unique twist as well, with artists asked to visually reinterpret unscripted found sound―cherry-picked from various treasure chests, including the NFB’s own archives―in unexpected, innovative ways, with the aim of celebrating animation as a unique form of expression, subversion and satire.

And for the first time, two emerging animators from Mexico will join the six Canadians selected for Hothouse, thanks to a partnership with the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Mexico’s public film institute.

The program is open to emerging creators both young and old, and the deadline for applications is Monday, July 7, 2014. Six Canadian artists will be selected for a 12-week paid apprenticeship in full-on, all-inclusive, real-world animation filmmaking, from September 8 to November 28, 2014. Successful applicants will work at the NFB’s Oscar-winning Animation Studio in Montreal, where they can create their own short work with help from animation and digital media experts as well as top-notch NFB technical and post-production personnel.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. (Montreal time) on Monday, July 7, 2014. 

For full submission details, please check the NFB Hothouse website.

Quick Facts

  • Past Hothouse alumni include such distinguished filmmakers as Patrick Doyon, nominated for an Oscar for his NFB animated short Sunday/Dimanche, and Howie Shia, whose NFB short Flutter received the Open Entries Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Awards.
  • Mentoring directors over the years have included such acclaimed animators as Oscar winner Torill Kove, Oscar nominees Chris Hinton and Janet Perlman, and Genie winner Munro Ferguson.
  • This year represents just the second time that international animators have been invited, with two Brazilian animators joining Hothouse 4 in 2007.