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Lorena Smalley

How The National Film Board Selected 80 NFB Productions to Commemorate Their 80th Anniversary

As part of their commemoration of the National Film Board’s 80th anniversary, they decided to choose a symbolic 80 powerful productions to highlight 80 years of exceptional storytelling by their great institution. But how do you select 80 titles out of a collection that numbers more than 13,000?

Neighbours won the NFB’s second Oscar ever and, at one time, was their film with the most theatrical bookings worldwide (77,000 as of 1987). It was named a Masterwork by the Canadian Audio-Visual Heritage trust in 2000 and was added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register nine years later.

Universe was nominated for an Oscar and went on to win 25 awards, including one at Cannes. It also heavily influenced Stanley Kubrick in the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey (for one thing, Universe’s narrator, Douglas Rain, is the voice of HAL!).

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