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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Patrick Bouchard's Bydlo to open Fantasia

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Montreal, June 18, 2012 – Bydlo, the latest animated short by Patrick Bouchard, will have the honour of kicking off the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival on July 19. Produced by Julie Roy of the National Film Board of Canada, Bydlo is an allegory of mankind heading for disaster, inspired by the fourth movement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

At the vanguard of international genre cinema, Fantasia is the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America. “The fantastic, tormented, vivid world created by Patrick Bouchard is a perfect fit for an event like Fantasia—a film buff's film festival that, over the years, has become one of the country's hottest film tickets,” said Monique Simard, Director General of the NFB French Program. Patrick Bouchard is a Fantasia regular; over the years, all his films ( The Brainwashers, Dehors novembre and Subservience) have been screened at the festival.

A two-time Jutra winner ( The Brainwashers and Dehors novembre), Bouchard is an animator on the rise at the NFB. Born in Saguenay, Quebec, in 1974, he's known for his moody works that pit puppet characters against the force of destiny. Bydlo, animated using earth-coloured modelling clay, premiered at Annecy, France, on June 7, where the industry press hailed its “breathtaking beauty.”

Fantasia will open at the Hall Theatre, Concordia University (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Guy-Concordia metro). Bydlo will be vying for the award for best Quebec short and will also feature in the international animation competition. The film marks Bouchard's second time in the official competition at Fantasia; in 2003, his Brainwashers took the award for best sound at the festival.

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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Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
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