The Orchid and the Bee

Nature is wondrous and clever. As Darwin taught us, those who improvise most effectively prevail. There are species who under threat revert to earlier forms, others who cultivate parasitic relationships with neighbouring beings, while the most inventive ones transform their bodies to mimic and seduce unsuspecting companions. The Orchid and the Bee is an expressionistic VR ode to life’s struggle for existence, explored through a chain of genetic love affairs.


in English
5 min
All ages


Photo : Sztella Muzslai

Frances Adair Mckenzie
She is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited in Canada and Europe. Her work negotiates speculative investigations into concepts of materiality, staging and form, always in deference to process as the hands-on manipulation of real materials and objects, most often through the interface of digital technology and sculpture. Frances’s association with the NFB began with the 10th edition of Hothouse, when she created the surrealist animated short A Little Craving. 

Photo : David Fine

Michael Fukushima
He was the executive producer of the NFB’s world-renowned English Program Animation Studio from 2013 to 2021. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs. After briefly freelancing following college, Fukushima joined the NFB in 1990 as a filmmaker before becoming a studio producer. During his distinguished tenure at the NFB he produced or executive-produced more than 200 films, including projects with Oscar winners Alison Snowden, David Fine and Torill Kove. In 2014 Fukushima became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Awards & Honors


WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY – Frances Adair Mckenzie ■ Producer – Jelena Popović ■ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – Michael Fukushima ■ BASED ON THE IDEA BY – Frances Adair Mckenzie, Michael Juretic, Luka Sanader ■ DESIGN / ANIMATION – Frances Adair McKenzie, Brandon Blommaert, Fred Casia, Elise Simard ■ COMPOSITING AND STEREOSCOPY – Fred Casia, Frances Adair Mckenzie ■ TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Eloi Champagne ■ ONLINE EDITING - Serge Verreault ■ SET FABRICATION  – Dany Boivi, Frances Adair Mckenzie ■ SET DRESSING ASSISTANT – Eva Cvijanović  ■ MAQUETTE / MAYA – Noncedo Khumalo ■ TECHNICAL CONSULTANT - Dominic Mercier ■ TECHNICAL ADVISERS  – Frank Nadeau, Frédéric Sauvé ■ MUSIC – Jennifer Castle © 2019 National Film Board of Canada – Office national du film du Canada (SOCAN) ■ SOUND DESIGN – Catherine Van Der Donckt ■ IMMERSIVE SOUND DESIGN Headspace Studio ■  RE-RECORDING – Geoffrey Mitchell ■ FOLEY AND MUSIC RECORDING – Geoffrey Mitchell ■ FOLEY – Karla Baumgardner ■ FOLEY ASSISTANT  – Rod Thibeault ■ TITLES AND CREDITS - Brandon Blommaert, Fred Casia  ■ TECHNICAL COORDINATION  – Randall Finnerty, Luc Binette, Maud Chayer ■ STUDIO ADMINISTRATION Victoire Bessette, Rosalina Di Sario ■ SENIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR – Dominique Forget ■ STUDIO COORDINATORS Barry Ahmad, Faisal Moula ■ SPECIAL THANKS  – Charlotte Fisher, Astroplastique ■ MARKETING  – Laurianne Désormiers, Sophie Thouin

THE ORCHID AND THE BEE Produced by the National Film Board of Canada © 2020