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 NFB/Folimage co-production The Circus by Nicolas Brault nominated for a César in the Best Animated Film category

Press release


Montreal, January 30, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) applauds the nomination in France of Nicolas Brault’s The Circus for a César in the Best Animated Film category. Winners will be announced on February 24 at the César Awards ceremony in Paris. Poetic and poignant, The Circus (7 min) is a highly personal film that takes an empathetic look at the heartbreak of a child facing his mother’s death. The film, which was co-produced by the NFB (Julie Roy and René Chénier) and Folimage (Pascal Le Nôtre), won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Short Film at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival and was selected for the Québec Gold 10 program of the most noteworthy short films made in Quebec in 2010.

The Director

Nicolas Brault is a graphic artist with a broad range of styles and techniques. He earned a BA in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1999 and works as a computer graphic artist, graphic designer, scriptwriter, director and animator. He has made four animated shorts that have been screened at a number of festivals around the world. Antagonia attracted attention at the 2002 CINANIMA festival in Portugal, where it received Honourable Mention. Islet won First Prize in the Animation category at the 2004 VIDFEST (Vancouver International Digital Festival). The highly successful Hungu garnered two top international awards in the US, at the 2009 Cleveland International Film Festival and the 2008 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, where Brault also received Honourable Mention in the Future Filmmaker Award category. The Circus is his fourth film with the NFB.

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. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
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E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
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E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca