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Kali the Little Vampire and Paula, two NFB films in competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival

Press release


Montreal, September 11, 2012 - Coming off recent triumphs at Canadian and international animation festivals, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is set to storm the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), which runs from September 19 to 23. Two NFB films are in official competition: Paula, directed by Dominic Étienne Simard, and Regina Pessoa's Kali the Little Vampire, which was awarded the Hiroshima Prize for best animation direction and soundtrack at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival two weeks ago.

Five other NFB films are being screened as part of the festival's “Canadian Showcase” program. MacPherson, directed by Martine Chartrand, was in official competition at the recent Montreal World Film Festival, where it was selected as the festival's best short film and best Canadian short. Here and the Great Elsewhere, by Michèle Lemieux, won the Bronze Pegasus award at the Poznan animation festival in Poland last June. The NFB's entries are rounded out by Andrea Dorfman's Big Mouth, Hot House 7: Sick, directed by Candace Couse, and the world premiere of Elise Simard's My Little Underground.

Narrated by Christopher Plummer, Kali the Little Vampire tells the story of a lonesome young vampire. A France-Canada-Portugal-Switzerland co-production, the film premiered at the prestigious Annecy animation festival in June, and has already taken home four international awards. Kali marks the second collaboration between director Regina Pessoa and the NFB, following her 2005 film Tragic Story with Happy Ending.

Paula was the opening film at this year's Montreal Animation Summit and was nominated for the 2012 Jutra award for best animation. Directed by Dominic Étienne Simard, the film was produced through the NFB's Cinéaste recherché-e competition for young filmmakers. It paints a pulsating portrait of a multicultural working-class neighbourhood, where young families cross paths with prostitutes, creating unexpected patterns in the fabric of urban life.

“It has been a remarkable year for NFB animation,” says Julie Roy, the producer of both NFB films in competition at OIAF. “Since June, our films have won awards at Annecy, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Fantasia and many other prestigious festivals. We are proud of our presence at the Ottawa International Animation Festival—one of the most important North American festivals devoted exclusively to animation.”

The NFB has been a long-standing partner of the festival, and is the exclusive sponsor of several events.

Members of the public are invited to get to know the directors of each of the films in competition through a series of “Meet the Filmmakers” sessions moderated by producers Marc Bertrand, Michael Fukushima, Marcy Page and Julie Roy, as well as marketing manager Christine Noël.

“Animation Celebration” is an introduction to the art of animation for children ages 8 to 12. It is being led by director Jessica Borutski, who has also worked as a character designer for Warner Brothers Animation. NFB instructors will be on-hand following Borutski's presentation to show young people how to use the NFB's PixStop application and to demonstrate a variety of animation techniques. Thanks to PixStop, anybody can get creative and experiment with animation!

The “NFB Hothouse: Stepping Stones” session allows film lovers to learn more about the NFB's flagship program for up-and-coming animation directors. Michael Fukushima, the creator and director of Hothouse, will be on-hand, along with a number of Hothouse alumni—including Patrick Doyon, whose most recent film was nominated for the best animated short Oscar, along with independent director and producer Malcolm Sutherland, and filmmakers/animators Rachel Peters and Dale Hayward.

Finally, the NFB is the exclusive sponsor of the 2012 People's Choice Award, which will be presented by Roddy McManus, Executive Producer of the NFB's English animation studio. The award will be presented during the festival's closing ceremonies, September 23, at the National Arts Centre.

Where and When

Meet the Filmmakers
Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue
Thursday, September 20, Friday the 21st, and Saturday the 22nd at 9:30 AM
Sunday, September 23 at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Animation Celebration
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Thursday, September 20, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

PixStop Workshop
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Thursday, September 20, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

NFB Hothouse: Stepping Stones
Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue
Saturday, September 22, 11:00 AM

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.


For more information:

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