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Three films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have been honoured with awards at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Press release

2013/06/17


Annecy, France, June 17, 2013 – Three films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have been honoured with awards at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this year. The awards ceremony was held Saturday evening in Annecy, France. Subconscious Password, by Chris Landreth, has won the prestigious Annecy Cristal for best short film. The film was produced by the NFB with the participation of the Animation Arts Centre of Seneca College and Copperheart Entertainment. Marcy Page and Mark Smith were the producers.

Gloria Victoria, directed by Theodore Ushev and produced by Marc Bertrand of the NFB, has won the FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize. Poppety in the Fall, by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux, was awarded for Best TV Special. The film was co-produced by Pascal Le Nôtre of Folimage Studio/ Foliascope; Laurence Blaevoet, Sophie Bo and Chrystel Poncet of PIWI+; Christine Côté, Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Normand Thauvette and Paul Risacher of Carpe Diem Film & TV; and René Chénier and Marc Bertrand of the NFB.

Sleeping Betty (2007), directed by Claude Cloutier and produced by Marcel Jean of the NFB, placed third in the competition for the festival's funniest film while The Cat Came Back (1988), directed by Cordell Barker and produced by Barker and Richard Condie of the NFB, came in 10th place.

The 2013 Annecy festival short film jury consisted of Polish director Jerzy Kucia, U.S. director Bill Kroyer and Quebec composer Robert Marcel Lepage. Some 185 films competed at the festival this year, over 50 of them in the Short Films category. Every year, Annecy presents the best animated films from around the world.

Subconscious Password, by Chris Landreth


This is the first film in 3D by Chris Landreth, who won an Oscar® in 2004 for Ryan (Copperheart, NFB). Subconscious Password had its world premiere at Annecy.

About the filmmaker

Oscar®-winning director Chris Landreth plays Charles, a man paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend's name. Thus begins a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious—complete with animated celebrity guests.

Chris Landreth is one of Canada's most celebrated animation directors and the creator of a style he calls “psychorealism.” Landreth studied theoretical and applied mechanics before taking up animation. His first short film, The Listener, was released in 1991. It was followed by the Oscar®-nominated The end (1995) and the Genie winner Bingo (1996).

In 2004, the NFB released Landreth's Ryan, which won more than 60 awards, including the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, as well as prizes at Cannes and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Landreth's animated short The Spine (2009) continued his exploration of the human psyche. It was nominated for a Genie and was named one of Canada's top 10 films of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival. Striking a lighter tone than his earlier films, Subconscious Password continues to demonstrate his remarkable evolution as an artist.

Gloria Victoria, by Theodore Ushev

The FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize is the second award that Theodore Ushev has received at Annecy; in 2010, he won a Special Distinction award for the short film Lipsett Diaries (NFB).

About the film and the director

Gloria Victoria, the third film in a trilogy on the relationship between art and power, unfolds on the still-smouldering rubble of a furious 20th century. From the Russian front to the Chinese Revolution, from Dresden to Guernica, giant black birds circle above mass graves while vampires and reapers move forward to the sounds of an exalting bolero from Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. With this film, director Theodore Ushev once again excels as a virtuoso of collage and recycling, conjuring up surrealism and cubism to orchestrate an explosive nightmare in the name of peace.

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in 1968. He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and began his career as a poster artist in his native country. In 1999, he settled in Montreal, where he quickly acquired a reputation as a prolific and talented animator thanks to such films as The Man Who Waited (2006) and Tzaritza (2006).

In 2006, he began work on his acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between art and power: Tower Bawher (2006) was soon followed by Drux Flux (2008) and Gloria Victoria (2013). He simultaneously made a number of short films that deal with the rapport between auteur filmmakers and the world. They include Lipsett Diaries (2010), his best-known film and a 16-time award winner, Nightingales in December (2011) and Apart (2012). His fascination with new content-delivery platforms has led him to make films for the Internet ( Vertical, 2003) and mobile phones ( Sou, 2004), as well as a music video ( Demoni, 2012).

Poppety in the Fall, by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux

About the film and the directors

A terrible curse has deprived Balthasar's kingdom of its stories, and taking the unicorn's horn back into The Belly of the Earth is the only solution. Poppety will lead an expedition, by chance uncovering a closely guarded family secret. Poppety in the Fall concludes the thrilling animated series of four seasons in the life of Léon, the adopted bear cub.

Pierre-Luc Granjon's first film, Petite escapade (2000), won the 2001 SICAF Grand Prize for a short film. In 2002 and 2003, he made Le château des autres and L'enfant sans bouche. Antoine Lanciaux is also a writer of children's books. To date he has written eight screenplays for animated films and has directed four of them, notably La prophétie des grenouilles (2001) and Mia and the Migoo (2008). As a designer he has worked on 20 productions since 1991. In 2006, he completed Le loup blanc, which won the 2007 SICAF Grand Prize.

That same year, Granjon and Lanciaux joined forces to create four seasons in the life of the bear cub Léon. Together they made Léon in Wintertime (2007), Molly in Springtime (2009), Bonifacio in Summertime (2011) and Poppety in the Fall (2012).

Special competition for the funniest film, as chosen by audiences

Forty films were screened in the special competition for the Annecy festival's funniest film, including eight Oscar winners, three Oscar nominees and the winner of an Annecy Cristal. The funniest film was selected through a process in which the audience voted to select 10 finalists over the course of the week, then voted for the winner at a screening of the 10 finalists on Friday, June 14.

This is yet another honour for Sleeping Betty, which has received 22 awards at festival screenings in Canada and internationally, including the Genie Award for the Best Animated Short and the Jutra Award for the Best Animated Film in 2008. In addition to being nominated for an Oscar in 1989, The Cat Came Back has also received many awards in Canada and around the world, including a Genie Award.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world's leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

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Information:

Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
Tel.: 514-496-4486
Cell.: 514-458-9745
E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca

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