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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The National Film Board of Canada at the 13th Annual Jutra Awards

Press release


Lipsett Diaries by Theodore Ushev
Wins Best Animated Film

Montreal, March 13, 2011 – The short film Lipsett Diaries, directed by Theodore Ushev and produced by Marc Bertrand for the National Film Board of Canada, has won Best Animated Film at the 13th annual Jutra Awards, honouring the best in Quebec film. 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 that chronicles 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, 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 festival run throughout 2010, winning the Grand Prix at the Rencontres internationales du cinéma d’animation in Wissembourg (Alsace, France). Earlier this year, it won the Best Animation Film Award in the International Competition at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The film was also just honoured with a 2011 Genie Award, taking home the prize for Best Animated Short.

The NFB would like to congratulate the other nominees in the Best Animated Film category at the Jutra Awards: La fête, directed and produced by Malcolm Sutherland; Un vortex dans face, directed by Joël Vaudreuil and produced by Bad Djoe Movies; Mamori, directed by Karl Lemieux and produced by the NFB; and Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, produced by the NFB and Warner Home Video, and directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who previously earned an Oscar nomination for Madame Tutli-Putli. The nomination of all these films speaks to the vitality of both the animation form and these artists’ work.

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

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