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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Five NFB interactive productions receive Boomerang Awards

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Montreal, December 6, 2013 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) was honoured at the Boomerang Awards yesterday, with five of its interactive productions emerging as winners: A Journal of Insomnia, Megaphone, Des maux illisibles and Mythes 2.0, as well as the McLaren's Workshop app.

Grand Prize for Megaphone and McLaren's Workshop

Megaphone ( megaphonemtl.ca), co-produced by the NFB and the Quartier des Spectacles, received the Grand Prize in a tie with Waterfalls in the “Interactive Environment” category as well as a prize in the “Technological Creativity” category. The interactive public-speaking installation ran from September 4 to November 4, 2013, on the Promenade des Artistes in Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles. Megaphone was a Moment Factory creation directed by Étienne Paquette.

McLaren's Workshop ( nfb.ca/mclaren-app), a free application for iPad, received the Grand Prize in the “Website or Application — Arts and Culture” category. The app lets users discover the techniques pioneered by McLaren, the founder of animation at the NFB, allowing them to bring images to life just as he did. McLaren's Workshop was designed and produced by the NFB (Mivil Deschênes, Jean-Sébastien Beaulieu and Joël Pomerleau) in partnership with Ottoblix (David Roger and Farah Allegue). Programming was carried out by Para9/Matricis (Tran-Quân Luong and Alexandre Grégoire).

“Website or Application — Experiential” category

A Journal of Insomnia ( nfb.ca/insomnia) received an award in the “Website or Application — Experiential” category. This interactive documentary presents a gripping and contemporary portrait of insomnia, a disorder that affects one out of every three people in developed countries. The production team includes Guillaume Braun (creative director and scripting) and Bruno Choinière (artistic director and scripting) from AKUFEN Studio, and Philippe Lambert (music, sound design and scripting) and Thibaut Duverneix (direction, scripting and post-production) from Departement. Produced by Hugues Sweeney (NFB).

“Website or Application — Documentary” category – Two awards for the NFB

Des maux illisibles ( onf.ca/analphabetisme) won the Grand Prize in the “Website or Application — Documentary” category. Made in partnership with Le Devoir, the interactive essay explores illiteracy in Quebec and how it will affect the future of three key areas: education, employment and health. Created by Simon Trépanier (editorial), Dominic Turmel (artistic direction), Joannie Lafrenière (photography), David Mongeau-Petitpas (development) and KenLo Craqnuques (sound design). Produced by Hugues Sweeney (NFB).

Mythes 2.0 ( onf.ca/mythes) won an award in the “Website or Application — Documentary” category. Made in partnership with Le Devoir, the interactive essay explores the viral Internet phenomena known as “memes.” Created and directed by François Côté, Marc-Antoine Jacques and David Mongeau-Petitpas of Folklore, assisted by Xavier Kronström Richard (interviews), Expaz Muzik (sound design), Olivier Niquet (writing) and Simon Duhamel (photography). Produced by Hugues Sweeney (NFB).

This year marked the 19th edition of the Boomerang Awards, which celebrate the best work in interactive communications in Quebec.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world's leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys and 12 Oscars. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.



Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca
Twitter: @PatDoftheNFB

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