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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’s Montreal Animation Studio. Not merely funding nor school: Hothouse is instead a paid apprenticeship in real-world animation filmmaking.

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.


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.


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.