Colin Low

4th Mar 2016

  Colin Low Passed Away 

People in the film world are mourning the death of Colin Low, a cinematic legend, who passed away in Montreal at the age of 89.

A pioneer of many film genres, Colin Low passed away on 24th February 2016 in Montreal after a brilliant career where he was awarded with over a hundred prizes.

Colin Low arrived at the NFB in 1945, thanks to a summer training programme initiated by Norman McLaren (who wanted to create a Canadian animation studio) and he stayed there for 6 decades. By 1949 he was considered a true filmmaker and would go on to work on over 200 productions including The Romance of Transportation in Canada, the NFB's first animated film that was nominated for an Oscar.

Each film, all genres put together, was for him a new terrain for exploring technique and aesthetic, which led to him being a forerunner of innovative cinematographic formats (IMAX, OMNIMAX) and a source of inspiration for several filmmakers. A film he co-directed, Universe, inspired Stanley Kubrick for his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, for example.

This steadfast creator, always up for a new challenge, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1996 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the world of cinema in Canada and around the world.

Rediscover the ensemble of his work in the tribute that the NFB dedicated to him.