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Long list of NFB short films sold to SHORTSH on the eve of Toronto's Worldwide Short Film Festival

Press release

2012/06/05


Montreal, June 5, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada is pleased to announce the sale of 40 hours of short documentary and animation content to SHORTSHD™ for broadcast on its channel in the United States (ShortsHD) and Europe (ShortsTV).

“We're thrilled to partner with SHORTSHD™ and committed to helping them succeed in their new channel ventures,” said Christina Rogers, NFB Head of Sales and Market Development. “They have a unique market position and audience that is a great fit for the NFB brand.”

“Spotlighting Canadian talent on ShortsHD in the USA and ShortsTV in Europe is a great follow-up to our long-standing Oscar relationship,” said Linda O. Olszewski, Vice President of Global Acquisitions – ShortsHD/Shorts International. 

The highlights of the deal are a number of the Oscar-nominated or winning films produced by Montreal-based producer Marcy Page, aptly gathered under the banner “The Marcy Page Retrospective.” They include When the Day Breaks, My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, Madame Tutli-Putli, Ryan and The Danish Poet.

Other aspects include animation from the legendary animation master Norman McLaren; recent cutting-edge documentaries like Ariel Nasr's The Boxing Girls of Kabul, Maya Gallus's The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche and Yannick Letourneau's United States of Africa; and the 2012 Oscar-nominated Sunday, by Patrick Doyon, and Wild Life, by Cannes award-winning NFB animation duo Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby.

About ShortsHD™

ShortsHD™ is the first high-definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available on DIRECTV (Channel 568), and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789). ShortsHD™ is operated by Shorts International, the world's leading short movie entertainment company with the world's largest movie catalogue dedicated to short movies. Shorts International also operates ShortsTV™, which is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg on Numericable (Channels 134 and 52), in Turkey via TTNET's Tivibu service and in the Netherlands on UPC (Channels 25 and 64). Shorts™ is the short movie on-demand service available on iTunes movie stores in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and throughout Europe and South America. The company is headquartered in London, England, with additional offices in Paris and Los Angeles and is led by Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive. Shorts International is owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings and Liberty Global Ventures.  www.shorts.tv 

About the National Film Board of Canada

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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Information:

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