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 goes to Banff

Press release


Montreal, June 10, 2011 – The National Film Board will be making a strong showing at the Banff World Media Festival (June 12–15, 2011), also known as The Rockies, where content creators and buyers from around the world celebrate the best in international television and digital media production. The NFB heads to Banff with seven nominations as well as the Award of Excellence in Interactive Programming. Over the last few years, the NFB has taken leadership in the world of digital distribution and creation.

NFB media-makers have garnered four nominations at the Banff World Media Interactive Rockies Awards for Best Online Program – Documentary category:

– A collaborative documentary experiment that explores vertical living in the global suburbs, HIGHRISE/ Out My Window (highrise.nfb.ca) is directed by Katerina Cizek and produced by Gerry Flahive. HIGHRISE/ Out My Window is the 2011 International Digital Emmy-winner for Non-Fiction.

– 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 (nfb.ca/pinepoint) is written and created by Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons and produced by Rob McLaughlin, Adam Neilson and Loc Dao. Welcome to Pine Point is the winner of a Webby Award for Documentary: Individual Episode.

This Land (nfb.ca/thisland), created by Dianne Whelan and Jeremy Mendes, designed by Wallop Media and produced by the NFB, accompanies Canadian Rangers to the most northerly point of Canadian territory, on a challenging expedition of more than 2,000 kilometres, through one of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes.

– The interactive web documentary Sacrée Montagne/Holy Mountain! (holymountain.nfb.ca), produced by Hugues Sweeney and co-directed by Gilbert Duclos and Hélène de Billy, looks at Montreal’s relationship with the sacred through its landmark, Mount Royal. Sacrée Montagne is also a Francophone nominee at the Interactive Rockies.

Canada’s public producer and distributor is being honoured with the Award of Excellence in Interactive Programming at the Interactive Rockies Awards on June 15 at 4:00 p.m. in the Van Horne C Conference Centre, in a ceremony hosted by mentalist Chaim Goldenberg, creator and star of GoldMind.

Two more nominations for the NFB and its partners:

- Life with Murder, an NFB co-production produced by Silva Basmajian with director-producer John Kastner of JS Kastner Productions, is up for a Non-Fiction Rockie in the Social and Humanitarian Documentaries category. The feature-length documentary tells the astonishing, evolving story of a mother and father whose son is accused of murdering his sister.

Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life, a live-action/animated adaptation of the book by Maurice Sendak, is nominated for a Fiction Rockie in the category of Children’s Programs – Fiction. Higglety Pigglety Pop! is created by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski and produced by Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay and Marcy Page. The short is produced by the National Film Board of Canada in association with Warner Home Video.

Special Event – Connecting with Canadians:

The National Film Board of Canada is exploring what it means to connect with Canadians today. On June 14 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson Tom Perlmutter and Deborah Drisdell, Director General of Accessibility and Digital Enterprises at the National Film Board, will host a presentation on the exciting new opportunities for distributing media and engaging audiences in the digital environment.

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.



Colette Gunson                       
Telephone: 778-228-6779               
E-mail: colette@jivecommunications.ca            

Lily Robert
Head of Communications
National Film Board of Canada
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca