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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Surviving Progress tops list of NFB productions at MIPTV

Press release


Montreal, March 27, 2012 – As the global audiovisual industry gathers in Cannes from April 1 to 4 for the 2012 edition of the MIPTV market, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced strong sales of its acclaimed feature documentary Surviving Progress to buyers around the world.

Co-directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, Surviving Progress is a critique of technological progress inspired by Ronald Wright’s bestseller A Short History of Progress.

This powerful and timely film has been acquired internationally by BBC 4, ARTE France, ABC Australia, Viasat for Scandinavia/Eastern Europe, DLA/DIRECTV for pan-regional Latin America, DBS Israel, Against Gravity Poland and 24 Doc Russia. The US distributor First Run Features will also be releasing the film nationwide in theatres in April.

Surviving Progress is a co-production between Cinémaginaire, Big Picture Media Corporation and the NFB, and is produced by Daniel Louis and Denise Robert (Cinémaginaire) and Gerry Flahive (NFB), and executive produced by Mark Achbar and Betsy Carson (Big Picture Media Corporation), Silva Basmajian (NFB), Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

Other key productions for the NFB at MIPTV this year include the Sundance 2012 documentary Payback, directed by Jennifer Baichwal and based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. There’s also the two-part special Exile: A Myth Unearthed, directed by Israeli-American filmmaker Ilan Ziv, exploring the powerful and enduring myth of the Roman exile of the Jewish people, produced by Amythos Films (Canada), Alegria (France) and T.A.M.I. Productions (Israel).

Both of the NFB’s 2012 Oscar-nominated animated shorts are headed to MIPTV, too: Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby’s Wild Life and first-time filmmaker Patrick Doyon’s Sunday.

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