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

Press Releases & Media Kits

Sunday, an animated short film by Patrick Doyon, in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

Press release


Montreal, January 14 – The National Film Board of Canada is very proud to announce that the animated short film Sunday by filmmaker Patrick Doyon has been selected to compete in the Generation Kplus – Short Films youth section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which is comprised of some 18 films. Produced by Marc Bertrand and Michael Fukushima, this pencil-on-paper creation is a work in the purest animation tradition.

Seeking to dispel his Sunday boredom, a boy places a few coins on some train tracks. What happens next is surprising to say the least. Recounted from the unassuming perspective of a child, the film takes an amusing look at how to escape the monotony of those grey Sundays.

Patrick Doyon

Patrick Doyon received a degree in graphic design from the Université du Québec à Montréal and works in both illustration and animated film. His first experimental short, entitled 32:11 (2002), was screened at the Zagreb and Ottawa animation festivals. From 2004 to 2007, he collaborated as storyboard assistant and designer-animator for televised cartoon series, most notably Walter (2004) and Station X (2004–2005). Sunday is his first entirely professional auteur animated film at the NFB. It comes on the heels of his participation in the NFB’s Hothouse resident artist program, a 12-week paid animation apprenticeship for emerging Canadian filmmakers. The program takes place in Montreal and was created in 2003 by English Animation Studio producer Michael Fukushima and executive producer David Verrall.

The Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, will be held from February 10 to 20, 2011.
Website: berlinale.de/.

About the National Film Board of Canada

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. 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, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. 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. The NFB’s new website features almost 2,000 productions online, and its iPhone and iPad apps are among the most popular and talked about downloads. Visit NFB.ca today and start watching.

– 30 –


Pat Dillon, Publicist
National Film Board of Canada