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Award-Winning Animation, Documentaries and Films

December 14, 2018

Whether you are in a contemplative mood or looking for fun, holidays are a wonderful time to sit back and enjoy great video. These featured award-winners are available to Red River College staff and students “on demand”… ready when you are, on whatever device you choose (RRC username and password required).

For more information on our streaming video collection, visit our Streaming Video guide.


The National Film Board (NFB) has a global reputation for their award-winning animation, a few of which are shown below. Want to see more? Visit the animation section of the NFB website.

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Bob’s Birthday

This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.

The Cat Came Back

Hilarious Oscar®-nominated animation based on the century-old folk song of the same name. Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that just won’t stay away… Also won the 1989 Genie Award for best animated short film.

The Danish Poet

This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset.

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In this Oscar®-winning animated short, Ralph’s day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife’s orders to clear the snow from the front walk. When he comes home and finds the mailman dead on his front stairs, Ralph attempts a massive cover-up with disastrous results.


Documentaries are a great way to open up your mind to new ideas. The following award-winners are so effective that instructors have incorporated them into their teaching plans.

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Alive Inside 

A joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. (Winner of multiple awards)

China Rises

A four-part groundbreaking documentary special that takes you inside modern China like no other program has ever done. The series is a vibrant portrait of an ascending power.


Portrayal of palliative caregiver Stephen Jenkinson. This film shows Tim Wilson’s dealing with his denial of his own death where he almost succumbed to an illness, and coping with the near death of someone close to him. Jenkinson explains something that is uncomfortable for most Westerners to hear, that death and grief are woven into the fabric of life and that death is something to be ‘befriended’.

Invisible City 

A moving story of two boys from Regent Park crossing into adulthood – their mothers and mentors rooting for them to succeed; their environment and social pressures tempting them to make poor choices. (Winner of the Best Canadian Feature at 2009 Hot Docs)


Ready to be captured by a great story? In case you have little ones at home, the first two listed here are suitable for family viewing.







Beasts of the Southern Wild

Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a ‘busted’ universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day? (Recipient of multiple awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations)

The Lion King

A lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities. Winner of two Oscars®.

Once Were Warriors

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. Based on the novel by Alan Duff. (Winner of multiple awards)

Sex Traffic

This award-winning drama weaves the lives of four people, culminating in a disturbing look at the trafficking of sex slaves in Eastern Europe and beyond. Contains sensitive images and language. (Winner of 8 BAFTA awards)

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Posted by Linda Fox — RRC Library