Submissions now closed for Hothouse 10!

Thanks for all your submissions! From the classical to the abstract to the off the wall, we're looking forward to reading all your proposals. All applicants will be notified by the end of July 2014 about the results of the selection committee meetings.

In the meantime, please direct any questions to

About Hothouse

Hothouse is an apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian filmmakers, located in Montreal, Quebec. The aim is to re-imagine ways of making animation that are faster, more flexible and that celebrate the shortest of short forms while maintaining creative and technical excellence, all hallmarks of NFB animation.

This is not quick and dirty but rather intense and amazing. Think of horticultural hothouses where gardeners create optimal growing conditions to encourage the flowering of exotic orchids and other blooms in weeks rather than months.

This program is for emerging creators from across Canada with the imagination, vision, experience and enthusiasm to relish the Hothouse challenge, to flourish in the Hothouse environment and to accomplish the making of a successful project within the program’s parameters.

Key aspects of Hothouse include the active participation of an experienced mentoring director, a team of NFB technical and post-production experts who support the filmmakers, and emphasis on the role of the producers as creative partners, all of which highlight the collaborative process of NFB filmmaking.
Hothouse takes place over 12 consecutive weeks in the NFB’s Montreal Animation Studio. Not merely funding nor school: Hothouse is instead a 3-month apprenticeship in real-world animation filmmaking.


By: Andrew Edwards

You guys should document the Hothouse 9 process on film - I enjoyed watching the animator's progress in the first 5 rounds, but you haven't done it the past few years...

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By: NFB HotHouse 2013 | Canadian Animation Resources

[...] than ever before. Despite Turbo’ stumble at the box office and Henry Selick’ […] NFB BlogHothouse 9 | Meet Our 6 New ApprenticesThis year’s Hothouse review team deliberated and debated 99 submissions from across the country, [...]

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Watch and own Hothouse Films


  • Hothouse 8
  • Hothouse 7
  • Hothouse 6
  • Hothouse 5
  • Hothouse 4
  • Hothouse 3
  • Hothouse 2
  • Hothouse 1

Previous Hothouse editions are also available on DVD.
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