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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Four NFB films featured at the Worldwide Short Film Festival

Press release


Toronto, May 11, 2011 – Four films from the National Film Board of Canada have been selected for the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (May 31 to June 5, 2011), including the world premiere of Wild Life by filmmakers Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby.

Official selection

Making its world premiere, Wild Life by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby tells the story of a dapper young “remittance man” who is sent from England to Alberta in 1909 to try his hand at ranching. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle and it soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. Forbis and Tilby’s previous NFB project When the Day Breaks (1999) received over 30 international awards, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Grand Prix at Annecy, Zagreb and Hiroshima, and an Academy Award nomination. Wild Life was produced for the NFB by Marcy Page and Bonnie Thompson.

The festival will host the Toronto premiere of Nicolas Brault’s poignant animated short The Circus, about a young boy waiting at a hospital to see his dying mother while a crowd keeps the child back, depriving him of one final touch of her hand. Brault employs rotoscoped drawings suggestive of charcoal sketches in this highly personal work. Winner of the Public Award for Best Canadian Short Film at the Montreal World Film Festival, The Circus was co-produced by Pascal le Nôtre ( Folimage) and Julie Roy and René Chénier (NFB).

In Kaveh Nabatian’s short drama Taxi Libre, a Mexican university professor is stuck driving a taxi in Montreal—while his tequila-swilling guardian angel doesn’t make life any easier. Produced for the NFB by Kat Baulu and Alexandra Yanofsky, Taxi Libre is making its Ontario festival premiere at the Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Gala program

Lipsett Diaries is back for an encore presentation as part of the gala program, after garnering a Special Mention at the 2010 Worldwide Short Film Festival, along with nine other Canadian and international awards. Directed by Theodore Ushev and written by Chris Robinson, Lipsett Diaries is an animated journey into the tormented life of filmmaker Arthur Lipsett, from the loneliness of his childhood to his suicide at age 49. It was produced by Marc Bertrand (NFB).

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.



Pat Dillon
NFB Publicist
Phone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca