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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NFB's Bear 71 and Burquette honoured at 2012 Digi Awards

Press release


Toronto, December 5, 2012 – Two National Film Board of Canada (NFB) interactive productions were honoured at the 2012 Digi Awards ceremony in Toronto on December 4, with Bear 71 named Best Web Series: Non-fiction and Burquette winning the Best in Canadian Culture award.

Bear 71 is an interactive multi-user experience told from the point of view of an omniscient female grizzly bear, dubbed “Bear 71” by the park rangers who radio collar and track her. It was created by Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison and the NFB. Bear 71 was produced by Loc Dao, Bonnie Thompson and Dana Dansereau. The project was executive produced by Dao, Rob McLaughlin and David Christensen. Bear 71 is a co-production between the NFB's Digital Studio in Vancouver and its Northwest Centre, based in Edmonton.

Burquette began as a comic book drawn by Francis Desharnais and published by Éditions Les 400 coups. Now an interactive website, it features a series of animated clips, with additional drawings—inspired by themes submitted by Web users—published online. The Burquette web comic was produced by Julie Roy (NFB) and Josée Vallée ( Cirrus Communications), with René Chénier as NFB executive producer. The website is a Cirrus Communications and NFB co-production, with the participation of Turbulent Média (Christiane Asselin, producer).

The NFB and its creative team have now won seven Digi Awards, which recognize Canadian companies that have demonstrated constant dedication and success in enhancing and enriching the field of digital media in Canada and abroad.

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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Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 416-954-2045
Cell: 416-436-0105
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca