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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TFO and the NFB form partnership

Press release

2012/10/18


Montreal, Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Groupe Média TFO and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are combining their strengths, their expertise, and their willingness to take risks to develop and produce innovative works that will not only contribute to the growth of French throughout Canada but also provide an exceptional showcase for Francophone creative talent from both Canada and abroad. The NFB and TFO have signed their first agreement, which will run for three years and enable them to share their passion for culture, the French language, and new interactive forms of production and distribution.

Under this agreement, the NFB and TFO will intensify their professional interactions and increase their collaboration in all areas of common interest, including production, co-production, and distribution of French-language linear and interactive audiovisual works intended for their respective audiences.

According to Groupe Média TFO’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Glenn O’Farrell, “For TFO, the greatest benefit of this partnership is the opportunity that it offers to work with the NFB to develop new digital markets and thereby enhance the circulation and reputation of our educational and cultural content”.

Adds Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB, “This agreement is part of the overall strategy for the development of French that the NFB launched two years ago. This alliance with TFO, a respected partner with close ties to Canada’s Francophone communities, will directly encourage exchanges of expertise and diversity of approaches, which in turn will stimulate the creativity of artists in the greater French-Canadian community. In the final analysis, it is all Canadians who will benefit.

About Groupe Média TFO

Groupe Média TFO produces and distributes quality French-language educational and cultural media content along with supporting content to meet the needs and aspirations of its target clientele. Groupe Média TFO thus contributes to the civic and cultural development of Ontario’s Francophone community and makes its content available on a large number of media platforms. Based in Toronto, TFO is the largest producer and distributor of French-language educational products in 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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Sources:

Groupe Média TFO
National Film Board of Canada


Information:

Caroline Paris
Director of Communications
Groupe Média TFO
cparis@tfo.org
416-968-8250

Lily Robert
Director, Corporate Communications
National Film Board of Canada
Telephone : 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
l.robert@onf.ca