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Université de Montréal joins the National Film Board of Canada's e-cinema network

Press release


Montreal, March 15, 2011 – Today marks the start of a new e-cinema partnership between the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the Université de Montréal (UdeM). Through this agreement, UdeM joins a network that includes the Canadian Embassy in Washington, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and six Atlantic communities. The innovative e-cinema network uses digital technology to bring works from the NFB’s collection to the public free of charge, and may also be used to present other audiovisual works.

Initially launched in Acadia in 2008 for the benefit of Francophone minority populations, e-cinema has been a resounding success from the start. NFB Assistant Commissioner Claude Joli-Cœur said, “Broadening our distribution and reaching out to Canadians is part of the NFB’s core missions of accessibility and technological innovation. Building on the success and impact of e-cinema in remote regions, the NFB is now forging links with major arts and culture organizations, national museums and institutes of higher learning.”

The UdeM Faculty of Arts and Science intends to play an active part in the network. Presenting works by both the NFB and other partners is sure to contribute greatly to its campus’s cultural life and vitality. In addition, by bringing the two institutions closer, the partnership will bridge the gap between two complementary and mutually enriching approaches: the academic and cinematic visions of past and current issues.

Arts and Science dean Gérard Boismenu welcomed the agreement: “We can now present e-cinema works to our community in our new screening room at the Carrefour des arts et des sciences. Film studies students will benefit greatly from having access to the NFB’s vast collection. I’d also like to point out that the UdeM is the first Quebec university to sign such an agreement with the NFB.”

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.

About Université de Montréal and the Faculty of Arts and Science
Founded in 1878, Université de Montréal is now the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. The university includes two affiliated institutions (École Polytechnique and HEC Montréal) and 16 faculties and schools. Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, Université de Montréal is among the top universities in the French-speaking world and is one of the most important research institutions in North America.

Offering close to 240 programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, the Faculty of Arts alone accounts for over 40% of UdeM’s student body. Its film studies program is offered at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, and is the only program in Canada to provide doctoral studies in French.

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Information, NFB
Stéphane Burelle, Publicist
National Film Board of Canada
Telephone: 514-283-9607
Cell: 514-242-0900
E-mail: s.burelle@nfb.ca

Information, Université de Montréal
Sophie Archambault, Communications Adviser
Faculty of Arts and Science, Université de Montréal
Telephone: 514-343-7316
E-mail: sophie.archambault.1@umontreal.ca