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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Calling all Internet users! 7th NFB Short Film Online Contest – Cannes 2011

Press release


Montreal, May 4, 2011 – From May 5 to 18, cast your ballot online at nfb.ca/cannes to choose the winner of the NFB Online Short Film Contest – Cannes 2011!

Now in its seventh year, the NFB Online Short Film Contest is organized by the National Film Board of Canada in association with the Cannes Short Film Corner and YouTube. This year’s competition features ten short films selected from among the 1,780 entries in the Short Film Corner, the Cannes Film Festival venue for filmmakers from 80 countries. The ten shortlisted works come from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and France. Last year’s finalists garnered more than two million views in two weeks on the NFB’s French and English YouTube channels, with over 20,000 votes submitted.

The NFB Online Short Film Contest is a unique opportunity to join the fun and frenzy of Cannes by voting online for your favourite short. The winner—determined by the number of “Likes” tallied on YouTube—will be revealed during the Short Film Corner Happy Hour at Cannes on May 19. The director of the winning film will receive a digital camera/HD video recorder and a laptop computer. In supporting this contest, the NFB continues to promote the creation of bold, innovative short films.

For 2011, renowned Quebec programmer and Prends ça court! founder Danny Lennon has assembled an outstanding lineup. The finalists are I Am Lonely by Phil Haine (United Kingdom), Klàs by Ragnar Snorrason (Iceland), Choke by Michelle Latimer (Canada), Mokhtar by Halima Ouardiri (Canada), La Violence de Clochette by Yannick Bandali-Renard (Belgium), Suiker by Jeroen Annokkée (Netherlands), Vad Du Där Då? by Victor Lindgren (Sweden), Blackchapel by Pierre Fernandez (France), Art Depot by Sebastian Piras (United States) and Bjørneliv by Daniel Ferraz (Denmark).

View the films and vote for your favourite from May 5 to 18, 2011, at nfb.ca/cannes.

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 2 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 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 Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the new BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-496-4486
Cell: 514-458-9745
E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca