A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Guy Maddin Commemorates the NFB's 70th Anniversary with Night Mayor

Press release


Toronto (March 4, 2009) – The National Film Board of Canada is pleased to announce that Guy Maddin begins production on a film to commemorate the NFB's 70th anniversary.  Night Mayor, a new project from one of Canada's premier filmmakers, starts shooting in Winnipeg on March 9.  The NFB is honoured that Maddin has chosen to mark this milestone by creating this new short drama. 

When Maddin was approached by the NFB to create an original work for the anniversary, he immersed himself into the country's film heritage inside the NFB's vast archives.  What he has envisioned is an imaginative cinematic riff on the significance of a public film producer.

Night Mayor is produced by Joe MacDonald out of the NFB Prairie Centre in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg-born filmmaker Guy Maddin's surreal, dreamlike works are known for their striking visuals and obscure sensibilities.  In 1995, Maddin was honoured as the youngest ever recipient of the Telluride Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement award.  His first feature, Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988) became a midnight-movie classic.  His second, Archangel (1990), won the U.S. National Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film.  Other celebrated feature works include Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002) – winner of the 2002 Gemini for Best Director, The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Brand upon the Brain! (2006), and his most recent success, My Winnipeg (2007).  My Winnipeg won the Toronto Critics Award for Best Canadian Feature in 2008, and was crowned Best Canadian Film 2007 at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. It has also appeared on numerous Top Ten Film lists for 2008.  Maddin lives and works in Winnipeg.

About the NFB

The world changes, our stories live on – that's the National Film Board of Canada's pledge to Canadians as it marks its 70th anniversary in 2009 with a new national online Screening Room and a slate of bold, innovative productions. Canada's public film producer and distributor, the NFB produces and distributes social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. In collaboration with its international partners and co-producers, the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content, through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation – and more. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To watch over 700 productions online or for more information, visit www.nfb.ca.

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Melissa Than
NFB Publicist
Tel.: 416-952-8960
E-mail: m.than@nfb.ca