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 appoints Brendon Sawatzky interim producer in Manitoba

Press release


Montreal, August 11, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada announced today that Brendon Sawatzky will assume the role of Producer at the NFB’s North West Centre Winnipeg office during Alicia Smith’s maternity leave. Sawatzky will act as an NFB Producer for 14 months, beginning on August 15; Smith’s leave begins in late September. The NFB Producer in Winnipeg works with directors, producers and digital media makers in Manitoba to produce documentary and animation, as well as interactive projects.

Brendon Sawatzky comes to the NFB with strong producing credits. His most recent projects include the TV documentary The Paper Nazis, the docudrama Hidden World of the Harem and the TV special CBC Short Shots. His debut as a producer was the feature film Inertia, which won the Best Canadian First Feature award at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. Brendon’s company, Inferno Pictures, co-produced the feature film Who Loves the Sun and the six-episode Comedy Network TV series House Party.

Sawatzky is the Vice Chair of Film Training Manitoba, the Vice President of the Winnipeg Film Group and the Chair of the Programming Committee of On Screen Manitoba. He has also worked with the National Screen Institute as Manager, Training Programs and with the Winnipeg Film Group as Production & Training Coordinator. 

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 developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established 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 4 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 BlackBerry PlayBook.


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