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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World premiere of Paul Émile d'Entremont's Last Chance at Atlantic Film Festival

Press release


Halifax, August 21, 2012 ― National Film Board of Canada (NFB) productions by acclaimed Atlantic filmmakers will be in the spotlight this September at the Atlantic Film Festival, taking place in Halifax from September 13 to 20. The 2012 edition of the festival will feature the world premiere of Last Chance by Halifax-based director Paul Émile d'Entremont, along with Atlantic premieres of Halifax animator Andrea Dorfman's Big Mouth and Newfoundland filmmaker Justin Simms' Hard Light. The festival will also offer the Atlantic premiere of the internationally co-produced animated short Edmond Was a Donkey by Franck Dion.

Last Chance / Paul Émile d'Entremont / World premiere

In Last Chance, director Paul Émile d'Entremont travels the world to tell the stories of five asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence. Here in Canada, they anxiously await a decision on their refugee claims, hopeful their adopted land will show mercy. Friends, lawyers and support groups mobilize to get their cases heard at a time when Canada's tradition of openness is coming under threat. Last Chance gives voice to sexual minorities who refuse to deny their core identity. It brings to light the reality of people who assert their differences against all odds. The film is produced by Murielle Rioux-Poirier and Maryse Chapdelaine for the NFB, in Moncton.

Big Mouth / Andrea Dorfman / Atlantic premiere

In her latest film Big Mouth, Halifax-based filmmaker Andrea Dorfman explores the experiences of a bright-minded child who has an unfiltered and deeply curious way of looking at the world, honestly commenting on whatever she sees—be it a big mole or a big belly. A film for anyone, young or old, who has ever gotten in trouble for saying too much, Big Mouth is an animated short about one of life's big lessons. It's the latest collaboration between the filmmaker and St. John's-based NFB producer Annette Clarke, who also teamed up with Dorfman on her award-winning 2010 NFB short, Flawed.

Hard Light / Justin Simms / Atlantic premiere

In Hard Light, St. John's filmmaker Justin Simms uses Michael Crummey's seminal piece of Newfoundland literature as a lens to examine cultural change and modern relationships. Mixing dramatic recreations, interpretative contemporary sequences and conversations with the author, the film intimately explores how we are shaped by both our past and present environment. A beautiful cinematic blending of old and new, Hard Light is a timely reflection on compassion and the art of living, produced by Annette Clarke for the NFB.

Edmond Was a Donkey / Franck Dion / Atlantic premiere

Franck Dion's Edmond Was a Donkey illustrates the challenges of being true to oneself in a world filled with social conformists. When co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, the film's central character discovers his true nature—only to open a widening chasm between him and everybody else. Awards for the film include the Bravo!FACT Award for Best Canadian Short at the Worldwide Short Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Edmond Was a Donkey is produced by Franck Dion and Richard Van Den Boom for Papy3D Productions (France) and Julie Roy for the NFB.

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.



Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
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Lily Robert, Director, Communications, NFB
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