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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Strong NFB presence at the French Language World Forum

Press release


Montreal, June 5, 2012 – To celebrate the richness and diversity of the French language, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will present three events at the French Language World Forum, which will bring some 1,500 delegates from La Francophonie (the French-speaking nations of the world) to Quebec City from July 2 to 6, 2012. In presenting these remarkable works—including the world premiere of the interactive and participatory Echoes, which challenges our perceptions and highlights the richness of the French language—the NFB continues to pursue its goal of using creativity to enhance the promotion and development of French in Canada and throughout the world. The NFB will also present Yanick Létourneau's fine documentary Les États-Unis d'Afrique ( United States of Africa), as well as a selection of short films in the Short Films, Great Talents section in association with several partners.

The development of French is an institutional priority for the NFB. Tom Perlmutter, the Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB, adds: “The French language is an ongoing source of inspiration for authors and creators from all walks of life; it brings populations together, and, thanks to the development of new platforms, more discussions and opportunities for dialogue have grown up in recent years. The Forum is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to contribute to this vitality, which is why the NFB takes an active part in it.”

Echoes – Quebec City Conference Centre, July 2 to 6

This bold interactive installation, specially conceived by the NFB for the French Language World Forum, underlines the international role and vitality of La Francophonie. Using a screen on which four films are projected simultaneously, Echoes offers audiences 24 audiovisual works, created in various French-speaking countries, and expressing joy, fear, love, anger and folly. Viewers are then invited to take part using their own words. This is a remarkable encounter with spoken and written French in all its forms, from Moncton to Ouagadougou, on numerous social networks. This admission-free experience will be offered to all delegates and distinguished guests as of July 2, and to the general public from July 3 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Les États-Unis d'Afrique – Musée de la civilisation, July 3, 7 p.m.

A screening of the documentary feature film by Yanick Létourneau (2011, 75 min), produced by Périphéria Productions in co-production with the NFB, presented in association with the Musée de la civilisation. Acclaimed at numerous major festivals, the documentary tells the story of African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi, who has made an album paying tribute to the great leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement. Didier Awadi will be present at the screening, which will be preceded by the short animated film Black Soul by Martine Chartrand.

Short Films, Great Talents – Musée de la civilisation, July 4, 7 p.m.

A selection of Canada's best francophone short films presented by the NFB, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the French Embassy in Canada and DiverCiné (a festival organized by the French Embassy in Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage), in association with the Independent Directors of Canada, the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada and the Musée de la civilisation.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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For further information, please contact:

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