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 and AFO launch TonDoc.com documentary website

Press release


Toronto, October 11, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) introduce the TonDoc.com documentary website, a health-based discussion platform in French for 13- to 18-year-olds in Ontario. Run by four filmmaker-bloggers representing different regions of Ontario, TonDoc.com merges four sets of insights and viewpoints. The short films that will be put online regularly will provide young Franco-Ontarians access to a perspective on health that is tailored to them, in a language they understand. They will also be able to participate in discussions by joining the forums and suggesting topics.

TonDoc.com is the result of a partnership between the AFO and the NFB, in collaboration with the Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) and Société Santé en français. The project was made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Sharing information and talking about health

TonDoc.com provides a forum for friendly and frank dialogue, where young francophones can have fun, talk about health issues and get answers to their questions. Two videos will be put online approximately every month and will serve as a springboard for discussions on topics that are of interest to youth: food, drugs and alcohol, self-esteem, discrimination, sports, safety, sexuality, love and friendship.

Four filmmaker-bloggers

Lisa Abel – Northeastern Ontario
Lisa is from Sudbury and is a member of the Anishinabek Nation. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in Documentary Production from Algonquin College. She recalls that, as an adolescent, she didn’t know who to turn to for help with her problems, leading to her desire to contribute to an open forum for young people in Northeastern Ontario.

Andréanne Germain – Ottawa Region
Andréanne is an adventurer at heart. Camera in hand, she has already travelled throughout Europe for the program MüvMédia (TV5.ca) and spent a year couch-surfing her way across Canada for the NFB’s Engage-toi! blog. She also focused on francophone communities in Ontario with her film Pis nous autres dans tout ça? ( So, Where Do We Fit In?) (NFB). Information and pleasure are her guiding principles.

Gabriel Harpelle – Northwestern Ontario and Thunder Bay
Gabriel is a filmmaker in Thunder Bay. He made is first documentary, Allo Allo, when he was 13. He is very active in filmmaking and happy to be providing information to francophones in his region, as he feels they are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving health care advice in their language.

Leigh Nunan – Toronto and South Central Ontario
Leigh is a Toronto-based artist and filmmaker. She holds a degree in film production from Ryerson University and divides her time between film-related activities and personal artistic projects. She is interested in politics and feminism and wants to give young people a chance to express themselves and delve into personal identity issues—a topic that presents an even greater challenge when you can’t discuss it in your own language.

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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More information:

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

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