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 announces its 2012 Tremplin competition finalists

Press release


Moncton, April 5, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) Acadia Studio announces the finalists in its annual Tremplin competition, which enables aspiring filmmakers to make a first or second work under professional conditions.

In all, six applicants (among 20 submissions) were chosen to move on to the next phase of the competition. The 2012 competition finalists are: René Cormier from Caraquet, Karine Godin from Moncton, Kathy Gildart from Cocagne, Lisa Fauteux from Shippagan, Mélanie Léger and Natacha Noël-Breau from Shédiac.

Professional training

The finalists participated in a scriptwriting workshop on February 9 and 10. They will hone their film proposal and final script, which will be submitted to a jury of professionals in late April.

The specially formed jury will select the winner(s) from among the final proposals on May 4. The NFB will offer winners a directing contract to produce their films as well as complementary training. The shoot and post-production are scheduled for 2012–2013.

An initiation to the documentary film industry

Maryse Chapdelaine, a producer at the Acadia Studio in Moncton, describes the program’s impressive scope in the following terms: “It’s a perfect opportunity for the winners to express and broaden their views on the world around them and share them by making a film while receiving quality training in documentary filmmaking. For the NFB, it’s a unique chance to help shape Acadia’s emerging filmmakers.”

One of the winners of the fourth edition, Marie-Thérèse François from Moncton, received the La Vague Award for best Acadian short film at the 2010 Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) for her film Like a Thief in the Night.

The winners of the 2011 Tremplin competition were Justin Guitard from Pointe-Verte and Mathilde Forest Rivière from Moncton. Justin Guitard’s film, Une affaire de famille, is currently in post-production and will soon be ready for broadcast on Radio-Canada Acadia, which usually airs the Tremplin competition productions. This sixth edition is the result of collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and Radio-Canada. It is a golden opportunity for francophones in Canada’s minority communities.

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.

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More information

Madeleine Blanchard, for the NFB       
Telephone: 506-384-6897           
E-mail: madoblan@nbnet.nb.ca           

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