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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I Am Lonely Wins 7th NFB Online Short Film Contest - Cannes 2011

Press release


Montreal, May 19, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced yesterday at Cannes the winner of the 7th NFB Online Short Film Contest: I Am Lonely, directed by Phil Haine and written by Jonathan Brown (United Kingdom). The award was presented yesterday evening at the Short Film Corner by Quebec short film expert Danny Lennon.

This year’s 10 shortlisted films generated over 1.2 million views in 14 days on the NFB’s English and French YouTube channels. Now in its seventh year, the contest was organized by the National Film Board of Canada in cooperation with the Cannes Short Film Corner and in association with YouTube. The 10 finalists were selected from among the 1,780 entries received. In supporting the contest, the NFB continues to encourage the creators of bold and innovative shorts.

The public had 14 days to vote online for their favourite short film on YouTube. A total of 8,100 votes were tallied on the NFB’s English and French channels on the popular video distribution and sharing platform. The contest created a lot of buzz with subscribers to the NFB’s Twitter accounts @thenfb and @onf, thus reaching almost 27,000 fans, and numerous blogs also mirrored the videos on their sites.

I Am Lonely is a film adaptation of the audio drama of the same name, in which the last man alive is a bit of a loser with no idea how to cope. The director received a digital camera/HD video recorder and a laptop computer. For those who haven’t seen the film yet or who want to watch it again, it will be at nfb.ca/cannes until June 20, 2011. The second- and third-place winners are, respectively, Sugar by Jeroen Annokkee (Netherlands) and Where Were You? by Victor Lindgren (Sweden).

The other finalists were Klás by Ragnar Snorrason (Iceland), Choke by Michelle Latimer (Canada), Mokhtar by Halima Ouardiri (Canada), Clochette’s Violence by Yannick Bandali-Renard (Belgium), Blackchapel by Pierre Fernandez (France), Art Depot by Sebastian Piras (United States) and A Bear’s Life by Daniel S. Ferraz (Denmark).

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