Labs / Special Initiatives

Visit this page for information on current production labs (e.g. Hothouse, Otherly, NFB/ONF xp, NFB imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize, OPEN IMMERSION II) and special production initiatives (e.g. Cinéaste Recherché(e)).

Hothouse Animation Apprenticeship

Hothouse takes place over 12 consecutive weeks in the NFB English Animation Studio. Not merely funding nor school: Hothouse is instead a paid apprenticeship in real-world animation filmmaking.

ONFB XP - Take it to the lab

An exciting incubator, opened to all communities, designed to test out new ideas and find technology solutions to animation and filmmaking challenges.


The Déranger creative lab is designed for established multidisciplinary artists working in the French language and hailing from Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada.

Creative Doc VR Lab

Open Immersion II supports the building of VR practice from the POV of Indigenous creators across Turtle Island.


The Repêchage initiative, launched in 2015 by the NFB’s Documentary Studio in collaboration with UQAM, allows graduates of UQAM’s School of Media (École des médias) to produce their first professional film at the NFB.

Cinéaste Recherché(e) Competition

Held every other year since 1980, the competition allows the winner to enter the professional animated film community by joining the NFB, a world leader in producing and distributing animated short films.