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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Edmond Was a Donkey wins the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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Montreal, June 9, 2012 – Franck Dion's Edmond Was a Donkey, co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Papy3D (France) and the ARTE television network, won the Special Jury Award in the short film category at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The film is produced by Franck Dion, Richard Van Den Boom and Julie Roy. Dion's first animated film, The Phantom Inventory, received the Junior Jury Award at Annecy in 2004.

The Annecy Festival, the oldest and biggest event of its kind, brings together top animation professionals from around the world each year. At this year's event, which features 49 short films in official competition, over 7,000 accredited participants will be doing business at the festival screenings and the Film Market (MIFA).

About the film

Edmond is not like everybody else. When his co-workers jokingly crown him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. And while he revels in his new identity, it creates an ever-widening gap between him and others. With great empathy, Franck Dion tells the touching story of an outsider, illustrating the challenges of being true to yourself in a world filled with conformists. Since he can't bring himself to be what others expect, Edmond makes the only possible choice.

About the filmmaker

Born in Versailles in 1970, Franck Dion has worked as an actor, a set designer and an illustrator. In 1999, he launched the first version of his website, Les voyages imaginaires de Franck Dion ( franckdion.net), which received the Golden Net Award for best artistic website in 2001. In 2003, he made his first animated short, The Phantom Inventory, which won the Junior Jury Award at Annecy and was nominated for the Cartoon d'Or. In 2006, he and a few friends founded Papy3D, the company that produced his second film, Monsieur Cok (2008), selected for the Sundance Film Festival and winner of several awards. Edmond Was a Donkey (2012) is Dion's third animated short and marks the first co-production between Papy3D and the National Film Board of Canada.

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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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
Phone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca