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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The NFB launches Tremplin NIKANIK, a new competition for Quebec's First Nations francophone filmmakers

Press release


Montreal, November 1, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) launched the first edition of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for First Nations francophone filmmakers in Quebec wishing to make a 30-minute (or less) first or second documentary film. Tremplin NIKANIK gives aspiring filmmakers the chance to gain hands-on screenwriting and production experience by working with recognized professionals. The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2013.

“The Tremplin NIKANIK competition will add to the many works produced by the NFB with Aboriginal filmmakers and creators from all regions of the country, and strengthen the contribution being made by Aboriginal communities in the film sector by stimulating audiovisual creation and production,” said Monique Simard, Director General of the NFB's French Program. “It was in order to move further in this direction that the First Nations Education Council announced the launch of the Tewekan Vision Aboriginal audiovisual production centre in collaboration with the NFB last January.”

Eligibility and participation

To be eligible for the Tremplin NIKANIK competition, participants must be from a First Nations community in Quebec, fluent in French and at least 18 years of age.

Requirements for candidates include submitting a synopsis of their proposed film, a cover letter and a resumé with their complete contact information. For further details, visit the competition website, onf.ca/tremplinnikanik.

Those wishing to participate in the contest have until January 18, 2013, to submit a proposal.

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.

About APTN

September 1, 2012, marked the 13-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website www.aptn.ca



NFB – Montreal Studios

Rachel-Alouki Labbé, Line Producer          
Telephone: 514-283-7315
E-mail: r.labbe@nfb.ca       

Johanne Bergeron, Producer
Telephone: 514-283-9628
E-mail: j.bergeron@nfb.ca