Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 17, 2014 10:00 ET

NFB Short Film Selection Announced for Rideau Hall Movie Nights

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 17, 2014) - The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General announced today a selection of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) short films that will be shown on August 17 and 19, 2014, as part of the inaugural Rideau Hall Movie Nights, in Ottawa.

Featuring outdoor screenings on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, this special summer event will be a great occasion to celebrate the NFB's 75th anniversary as Canada's public film producer and distributor. Prior to the screenings of Canadian feature films The Grand Seduction (August 17) and Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde (August 19), the public will be treated to a journey through three quarters of a century of treasured animation and other groundbreaking works of short film.

The short films selected to appear on the evening 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 bring their blankets and a picnic and settle in to watch these Canadian films under the stars. Screening will start at sunset. Throughout the day, visitors will also be able to take full advantage of the historic grounds by exploring its paths and gardens, witnessing the Relief of the Sentries, and touring the residence. All activities are free of charge.

About Rideau Hall Movie Nights

Hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Rideau Hall Movie Nights will feature acclaimed English and French Canadian films, screened on alternate nights, on the grounds of Rideau Hall. A full program of activities will be announced at a later date, with rain dates scheduled for August 18 (English screening) and August 20 (French screening).

This event is made possible through Canadian film 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 Film Institute (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 your visit at You may also join the conversation by using the hashtag #GGMovie.

Rideau Hall Movie Nights is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General's public programming. For more information about this event and other visitor services, go to

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