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's Loc Dao and Welcome to Pine Point honoured at 2011 Digi Awards

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Toronto, December 7, 2011 – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) executive producer and creative technologist Loc Dao and NFB web documentary Welcome to Pine Point pinepoint.nfb.ca were honoured at  the 2011 Digi Awards ceremony in Toronto on December 6.

Dao was named Canada’s top digital producer for 2011, while the NFB’s acclaimed interactive doc Welcome to Pine Point was named Best Web Series: Documentary.

Formerly the Canadian New Media Awards, the Digi Awards recognize Canadian companies that have demonstrated constant dedication and success in enhancing and enriching the field of digital media in Canada and abroad. The NFB has now won five CNMA/Digi awards for its interactive productions and its online Screening Room, NFB.ca.

The Digi Awards are the second interactive honour this week for the NFB, which won two Grand Prix on December 1 at the Boomerang awards, a celebration of the best in Quebec interactive media.

As executive producer and creative technologist for the NFB’s English-language interactive productions, Dao leads a team of interactive creators and producers from across Canada.  Their work has received dozens of international and national honours, including two 2011 Webby Awards for Welcome to Pine Point and a 2010 Webby for Waterlife waterlife.nfb.ca, as well as a 2010 Canadian New Media Award for The Test Tube with David Suzuki testtube.nfb.ca.

Welcome to Pine Point is a 2011 interactive web documentary by Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge (a.k.a. The Goggles) that explores the memories of residents from the former mining community of Pine Point, Northwest Territories. Along with its critical acclaim, it’s one of the NFB’s most popular interactive docs, with over 160,000 views since its launch in February 2011. 

The NFB operates two digital studios, working with Canadian interactive creators in both of Canada’s official languages. The NFB’s English-language unit, headed by Dao, is based in Vancouver. Its award-winning French-language digital studio is led by Hugues Sweeney, working with a team in Montreal.

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.



Jennifer Mair, NFB publicist
Telephone: 416-954-2045
Cell: 416-436-0105
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca
Twitter: @NFB_Jennifer

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