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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NFB nets five Webby Awards nominations

Press release


National Film Board of Canada productions
garner praise at the “Internet's highest honor”

Montreal, April 13, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced today that it has received five nominations at the 15th Annual Webby Awards—tying last year's tally for the record number of NFB Webby noms in a single year.

Mike Simons and Paul Shoebridge's interactive web documentary Welcome to Pine Point ( nfb.ca/pinepoint) was nominated twice, for Documentary: Individual Episode in the Online Film & Video category, as well as for Netart in the Websites category. Welcome to Pine Point was produced by Rob McLaughlin, Adam Neilson and Loc Dao in Vancouver.

GDP – Measuring the human side of the Canadian economic crisis ( nfb.ca/gdp) was nominated for Documentary: Series in the Online Film & Video category. The NFB's first bilingual Web documentary, GDP was directed by Hélène Choquette and 30 directors and photographers across Canada. Produced by Marie-Claude Dupont, it's already garnered multiple awards at home and abroad, including a NUMIX Award for excellence in Quebec multimedia production and the Web-Documentary Audience Award at the WEB-TV Festival in La Rochelle, France.

Also in the Online Film & Video category, The Test Tube with David Suzuki ( nfb.ca/testtube) was nominated for Best Use of Interactive Video. Named Community Campaign of the Year at the Canadian New Media Awards, and a two-time winner at the Applied Arts Magazine Awards, The Test Tube with David Suzuki was produced by Loc Dao and Rob McLaughlin in Vancouver.

HIGHRISE/ Out My Window ( nfb.ca/highrise) was nominated for Best Use of Photography in the Websites category. Directed by Katerina Cizek and produced by Gerry Flahive in Toronto, it recently added an International Digital Emmy Award to its growing list of honours, which include the first-ever IDFA Doclab Award from the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

The NFB has won two Webby Awards to date. Last year, the NFB's Waterlife Interactive ( nfb.ca/waterlife), produced by Rob McLaughlin and Loc Dao and designed by Jam3Media, received the Webby Award for Documentary: Individual Episode. In 2008, Katerina Cizek's NFB community media project Filmmaker-in-Residence ( nfb.ca/filmmakerinresidence), designed and developed by Rob McLaughlin and Loc Dao, garnered a Webby for Documentary Series.

Hailed as the “Internet's highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are the leading international celebration of excellence on the Internet. Winners will be announced on May 3, 2011, and honoured at a ceremony in New York City on June 13, where they will have the opportunity to deliver one of the Webby Awards' famous five-word speeches.


In addition to its nominations, the Webby Awards also name Official Honorees: entries that have been selected as some of the best on the Web. This year, NFB works received a record six honours.

The Test Tube with David Suzuki is an Official Honoree in three categories: Activism; Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics; and Movie and Film. HIGHRISE/ Out My Window is an Official Honoree for Documentary: Series while Andrea Dorfman's Flawed ( nfb.ca/flawed) is an Honoree in the Animation category. Flub and Utter ( nfb.ca/flubandutter), created by Scott Nihill and Sabrina Saccoccio, and featuring the poetry of Jordan Scott, is an Honoree for the Best Use of Interactive Video.

Vote online

The Webby Awards encourage fans to vote. So if you haven't done so already, check out these NFB interactive productions at nfb.ca/interactive, then register to vote online at webby.aol.com. All nominees are eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award.

About the NFB

Canada's public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is  breaking new ground in form and content through interactive and mobile media, community filmmaking projects, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic film 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. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features almost 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, and now, Canada's first film app for the Android platform.



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