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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ORA by Philippe Baylaucq makes Canada’s Top Ten List of best short films of 2011

Press release


Montreal, December 6, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announces that Philippe Baylaucq’s innovative film ORA has been selected as one of the ten best Canadian short films of the year, earning a place in Canada’s Top Ten, created by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). Reuniting for a second collaborative work, Philippe Baylaucq and choreographer José Navas have infused dance cinema with a spectacular vitality, employing a pioneering filmmaking technique: 3D thermography. ORA will begin screening in Montreal at the Quartier Latin theatre and the AMC on December 16; screenings begin on December 23 at Cinéma Beaubien (Montreal), Le Clap cinema (Québec), Cinema Pine (Sainte-Adèle) and the Maison du cinéma (Sherbrooke). ORA will be shown in a two-part program, opening for the feature documentary Pina by German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

About Canada’s Top Ten

Established in 2001 by TIFF, Canada’s Top Ten is an annual event celebrating and raising awareness of Canadian cinema. The Top Ten shorts are selected from among narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films by a national panel of filmmakers, programmers, journalists and industry professionals.

About ORA

In this spectacular cinematic adventure produced by René Chénier, the creative worlds of choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq meet in the great, innovative tradition of the National Film Board of Canada. The first film to use 3D thermal imaging, ORA follows six dancers with luminous bodies, exploring a world marked by the heat they produce. The film, which showcases never-before-seen images in a dance allegory, was created during a residency at the NFB and received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on to rave reviews at the Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film in Spain, and also opened the Cinéma du Québec à Paris event in November 2011.

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. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.



Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

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