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 webdoc Welcome to Pine Point a two-time Webby winner

Press release


Vancouver creative duo The Goggles garner the Internet's highest honours
for their first interactive project

Vancouver, May 3, 2011 – Vancouver-based media creators The Goggles—a.k.a. Mike Simons and Paul Shoebridge—learned today that they're double Webby Award winners for their first-ever interactive web documentary Welcome to Pine Point nfb.ca/pinepoint, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

An innovative interactive project about memory and belonging, taking audiences into the now-demolished mining community of Pine Point, Northwest Territories, Welcome to Pine Point received a Webby 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 at the NFB's Pacific and Yukon Centre in Vancouver.

“That a small Canadian agency can be recognized by the global community for work that is relevant and groundbreaking is humbling and exhilarating. It is an affirmation of our commitment to the creators and artists, like Mike and Paul, who are fashioning the art and entertainment forms of the future by exploring new ways of telling our stories that can touch audiences around the world,” said Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada.

Welcome to Pine Point brings together photographs, recollections from former residents, video and sound, and narration by Simons in a moving interactive journey. The Besnard Lakes wrote and performed the soundtrack. The Webby wins are also a great honour for the many “Pine Pointers” who have worked to keep the memory and spirit of their former community alive, especially ex-resident Richard Cloutier, whose community website Pine Point Revisited provided inspiration for Welcome to Pine Point.

The Webbys are the Internet's highest honours, and the NFB was nominated alongside some of the biggest and most acclaimed names in the online world. Media giants the New York Times and Guardian were fellow nominees for Documentary: Individual Episode in the Online Film & Video category. In the Websites category for Netart, Welcome to Pine Point was in the company of celebrated sites The Johnny Cash Project and The Wilderness Downtown by highly praised music video director Chris Milk, the latter made in partnership with Google.

This year's double win means that the NFB now has four Webby Awards in four years. 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.

Winners will be 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.

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.


NFB media relations

Jennifer Mair, NFB publicist
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