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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Sunday receives a Special Mention at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

Press release


Montreal, February 19 – Sunday, the animated short film made by Patrick Doyon and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, has received a Special Mention for the Special Prize of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for the Best Short Film in the Generation Kplus- Short Films Youth Section at the 61st edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Produced by Marc Bertrand and Michael Fukushima, this pencil-on-paper creation was made in the purest animation tradition. The NFB extends its heartiest congratulations to the filmmaker and the entire film crew.

To dispel his Sunday boredom, a boy places a coin on some train tracks; what happens next is surprising, to say the least. Told from the unassuming perspective of a child, and drawn in childlike pencil strokes, the animated film Sunday takes an amusing look at how to break the monotony of those grey Sundays.

Patrick Doyon

Patrick Doyon received a degree in graphic design from UQAM and now divides his time as an award-winning illustrator and talented filmmaker making his mark in animation. 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 professional auteur animated film at the NFB, which he made after taking part in the Hothouse resident artist program, a 12-week paid animation apprenticeship for emerging Canadian filmmakers. The program, which is offered in Montreal, was created in 2003 by English Animation Studio producer Michael Fukushima and executive producer David Verrall.

The Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, takes place from February 10 to 20, 2011.

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.

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Nadine Viau, publicist
National Film Board of Canada
Telephone: 514-496-4486
Cell: 514-458-9745
E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca