English Program

English Program is the NFB’s largest production pole with 5 studios from coast to coast. Across our studios, we produce and co-produce a national slate of linear, immersive and interactive documentary and animation projects by talented emerging, mid-career and senior creators that reflect stories, places, perspectives, and people from all parts of Canada.

With a production culture anchored in a unique blend of art and public service, English Program studios provide the context, infrastructure, team and resources to enable and encourage:

  • a crafted approach to storytelling (including development and post production timelines that are rarely available in private sector contexts);
  • creative risk-taking and experimentation with new ways of telling stories that expand the canvas of documentary and animation storytelling;
  • the centering of stories and perspectives from groups that are and have been typically underrepresented in mainstream channels.

We embrace a rich variety of creative approaches, a multiplicity of voices, perspectives and storytelling styles. We produce work in various formats and lengths and for a range of platforms – online, television, theatrical and non-theatrical settings, community screenings, public spaces, museums, classrooms, etc.

In recent years, English Program productions and co-productions have been nominated for and won dozens of national and international awards including the Oscars, Emmys, Peabodies, Webbies and CSAs. English Program titles are consistently part of prestigious showcases like the TIFF Top 10.


We produce singular, passion projects based on a strong creative vision, a clear and original perspective, deep access to and understanding of a given story.

The English Program produces documentaries out of its BC & Yukon; North West; Ontario and Quebec & Atlantic Studios.

Animation and Interactive

Our hallmark is world class short form auteur animation and the (very) occasional feature using a wide range of animation techniques.

The Animation & Interactive Studio also produces interactive/immersive projects that experiment with new forms, platforms, technologies and approaches.

John Christou
Director of Production & Operations, Programming | Creation

Projects in release / Coming soon

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