NFB Short Film Selection Announced for Rideau Hall Movie Nights

— July 17, 2014

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OTTAWA (July 17, 2014) - TheOffice of the Secretary to the Governor General announced today a selection ofNational Film Board of Canada (NFB) short films that will be shown onAugust 17 and 19, 2014, as part of the inaugural Rideau HallMovie Nights, in Ottawa.


Featuring outdoor screenings on the grounds ofRideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, thisspecial summer event will be a great occasion to celebrate theNFB’s 75th anniversary as Canada’spublic film producer and distributor. Prior to the screenings of Canadianfeature films The Grand Seduction (August 17) and Louis Cyr:l’homme le plus fort du monde (August 19), the public will be treated to ajourney through three quarters of a century of treasured animation and othergroundbreaking works of short film.


The short films selected to appear on theevening of August 17 include Opening Speech: McLaren (Norman McLaren,1961); Canada Vignettes: Log Driver’s Waltz (John Weldon,1979); and Moon Man (Paul Morstad, 2004). On the evening of August 19,shorts will include Hen Hop (Norman McLaren, 1942); Big Ride(Anita Lebeau, 2011); and Flocons (Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre,2014). 


Members of the public will be invited to bringtheir blankets and a picnic and settle in to watch these Canadian films underthe stars. Screening will start at sunset. Throughout the day, visitors willalso be able to take full advantage of the historic grounds by exploring itspaths and gardens, witnessing the Relief of the Sentries, and touring theresidence. All activities are free of charge.


About RideauHall Movie Nights

Hosted by His Excellency the Right HonourableDavid Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Rideau Hall Movie Nights willfeature acclaimed English and French Canadian films, screened on alternatenights, on the grounds of Rideau Hall. A full program of activities will beannounced at a later date, with rain dates scheduled for August 18 (Englishscreening) and August 20 (French screening).


This event is made possible through Canadianfilm industry and media partners including Cineplex Entertainment, Bell Media,Entertainment One (eOne), Air Canada, the Canadian Media Production Association(CMPA), Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Deluxe, the Canadian FilmInstitute (CFI), the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM),and Eye on Canada.


View the Governor General’s video invitation,learn more about the feature and short films that will be screened and plan yourvisit at You may also join theconversation by using the hashtag #GGMovie.


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Rideau HallMovie Nights is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General’spublic programming. For more information about this event and other visitorservices, go to



Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall PressOffice


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