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 at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Press release


Montreal, May 24, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is taking the official competition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival by storm with four films: Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici ( Here and the Great Elsewhere) by Michèle Lemieux, Bydlo by Patrick Bouchard, Edmond était un âne ( Edmond Was a Donkey) by Franck Dion and Kali le petit vampire ( Kali the Little Vampire) by Regina Pessoa. These films will compete for the prestigious Cristal d’Annecy for best short film among a selection of 49 works representing the cream of international animated film. Tom Perlmutter, Chairperson of the NFB, will be a member of the jury for the feature-film competition.

The Annecy Festival, which annually brings animation professionals from across the globe to the shore of one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes, is the oldest and biggest event of its kind. Over 7,000 accredited participants will be doing business at the festival screenings and the Film Market (MIFA).


The second film by the world-famous illustrator/filmmaker Michèle Lemieux, Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici was made using the Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen. This legendary and mysterious device consists of a screen pierced by 250,000 pins on which it is possible to create images that evoke the aesthetic of masterpieces of early engraving. A philosophical reflection that is both profound and playful, Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici was produced by Julie Roy. The pinscreen acquired by the NFB in 1973 is the only instrument of its kind still in use.

Directed by Patrick Bouchard and produced by Julie Roy, Bydlo uses dramatic imagery to tell a story inspired by the fourth movement of Pictures at an Exhibition by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, the film shows a greedy and angry people consuming the energy of the mighty ox to which they are joined. Bydlo will have its world premiere in Annecy.

Edmond était un âne, directed by Franck Dion, was co-produced with the French studio Papy3D and ARTE France. Telling the moving story of a lovable oddball, the film delicately probes the issue of difference versus social conformity. The film was produced by Franck Dion, Richard Van Den Boom and Julie Roy.

Co-produced by France, Portugal, Canada and Switzerland, Kali le petit vampire was directed by Regina Pessoa, whose previous film Tragic Story with a Happy Ending won the Cristal d’Annecy in 2006. For her new film the director called on the services of Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer and post-industrial musical group the Young Gods. The film is produced by Abi Feijó ( Ciclope Filmes), Julie Roy and René Chénier (NFB), Pascal Le Nôtre ( Folimage Studio), and Georges Schwizgebel and Claude Luyet ( Studio GDS).


Two NFB films will screen in the out-of-competition section at Annecy: Oedipus, directed by Paul Driessen and produced in partnership with the Dutch studio il Luster by Marcy Page, Arnoud Rijken and Michiel Snijders; and Romance, directed by Georges Schwizgebel and produced in partnership with the Swiss studio GDS by Georges Schwizgebel, Marc Bertrand and René Chénier.


A press conference with members of the NFB delegation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 4 p.m. at the Club Partenaire de Bonlieu. Footage from films currently in production by directors such as Chris Landreth, Torill Kove, Cordell Barker, Claude Cloutier and Theodore Ushev will be screened for the first time.

Lastly, producer Julie Roy will chair a round table discussion with Regina Pessoa and Franck Dion in the context of the Creative Focus forum on Wednesday, June 16 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Pessoa and Dion, both former winners of the Carrefour de la création contest, will speak about their respective experiences in the NFB’s studios and at the Annecy competition.


Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation 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 6 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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Information and interviews:

Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
Phone: 514-496-4486
Cell: 514-458-9745
E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca

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