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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Lipsett Diaries by Theodore Ushev wins Best Animated Short at the 31st Genie Awards

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Montreal, March 10, 2011 – Lipsett Diaries, directed by Theodore Ushev and produced by Marc Bertrand for the National Film Board of Canada, has won Best Animated Short at the 31st annual Genie Awards, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The NFB offers its warmest congratulations to Mr. Ushev and the entire filmmaking team.

Lipsett Diaries grew out of a meeting between Chris Robinson, writer and programmer for the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and filmmaker and illustrator Theodore Ushev. Narrated by actor/director Xavier Dolan, Lipsett Diaries takes the form of a journal chronicling the tormented life of cinematic genius Arthur Lipsett, from his solitary childhood until his suicide in 1986.

After winning a Special Mention (ex æquo) in the Short Film category at the 2010 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Lipsett Diaries also took home a Special International Jury Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and won the Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival last October.

Lipsett Diaries continued its successful run of festivals in 2010, winning the Grand Prix at the Rencontres internationales du cinéma d’animation in Wissembourg (Alsace, France). Earlier this year, it won Best Animation Film Award in the International Competition at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

The Toronto International Film Festival included Lipsett Diaries in Canada’s Top Ten, its list of the year’s best Canadian films. It is now touring major Canadian cities along with the other top ten films.

The NFB would like to congratulate the other short film in competition for Best Animated Short at the 2011 Genie Awards. The Trenches, directed by Claude Cloutier (NFB), is a remarkable film about the First World War, as seen through the eyes of a soldier. The fact that both nominees in this category were NFB productions speaks to the vitality and quality of animation production at the National Film Board.

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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For more information

Jennifer Mair, NFB publicist
Telephone: 416-954-2045
Cell: 416-436-0105
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca