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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The Roxy et Max s’animent! contest

Press release


Toronto, September 22, 2011 — GroupeMédia TFO, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), has announced the finalists in the Roxy et Max s’animent! (Roxy and Max Get Animated!) contest. From September 25 to October 28, 2011, show your support for up-and-coming francophone filmmakers by visiting tfo.org/roxymax, choosing your favourite animated film and casting your vote!

Finalists – ages 14 to 18

Nadège Pulgar-Vidal (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for Rêver en couleurs:
Blop, the film’s main character, wants to make the switch from black-and-white to colour.

Alyssa Hornick (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for À la terre:
An alien decides to visit the Earth.

Finalists – ages 19 to 25

Émilie Lépine (Sudbury, Ontario) for Colombe et la fourmi:
A story of mutual aid between an ant and a dove, inspired by Jean de la Fontaine’s classic fable.

Rose-Anne Gagné (Sudbury, Ontario) for Somnium:
A young man meets a mermaid. But is it just a dream?

Janie Trudel (Sudbury, Ontario) for L’imprimante:
When the printer’s on the blink, everything goes kaput.

Jessica Verrier (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) for Propre vengeance des mannequins:
A tale of a thief, a ring and a mannequin.

Jean-François Meloche (Wawa, Ontario) for Mauvaise direction:
When a bowling ball goes off in the wrong direction, it’s not such a bad turn of events.

The four winning films, which will be revealed on November 14, 2011, will receive professional post-production services from the NFB and will air on TFO. Winners will also receive a laptop computer and Toon Boom animation software. Of the 35 registrants, 18 submitted a script and/or storyboard. Each of the seven finalists submitted a completed short film.

Launched to encourage young French-speaking filmmakers to create their own animated films, the Roxy et Max s’animent! contest has succeeded in raising interest in animated film among young people. The contest was aimed at young francophones aged 14 to 25 living outside Quebec. The tfo.org/roxymax website featured a 13-episode series starring Roxane and Maxime, two students enrolled in an animation course. The series took viewers through each step of the making of an animated film, then encouraged them to try their hand at the process. Registering on the site gave users access to Toon Boom animation software as well as to NFB and Toon Boom specialists, on hand to provide advice and help them successfully complete each step.

A Roxy et Max s’animent! DVD and teacher’s guide will soon be launched as well, offering a comprehensive tool to instructors wishing to explore the process of animation with their students.

About GroupeMédia TFO

GroupeMédia TFO produces and broadcasts select educational and cultural multimedia content and produces and distributes complementary supporting content targeted to the needs and aspirations of its clientele. Through its activities, GroupeMédia TFO contributes to the civic and cultural development of the francophone community in Ontario and makes the Group’s content available on a large number of multimedia platforms.

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.

Roxy et Max s’animent! is produced by GroupeMédia TFO in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada (French Program, Ontario and West Studio), in collaboration with Toon Boom Animation Inc., l’ Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF), Collège Boréal and Cégep du Vieux Montréal; with the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Cultural Development Fund) and of the Government of Québec’s Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (secretariat for Canadian intergovernmental affairs) through the Programme d’appui à la francophonie canadienne (support program for Canadian francophone culture).

For more information, visit tfo.org/roxymax.

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Kim Galvez, Publicist for the NFB
Telephone: 416-359-0380
E-mail: kgalvez@sympatico.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@onf.ca