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Excentris and the NFB forge partnership to stream films

Press release

2014/02/06

Initiative will benefit francophone creators
and cinephiles across Quebec
 
Montreal, February 6, 2014 – Cinéma Excentris and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announce an innovative partnership to stream films in the Excentris program lineup. As a result of this initiative, some of the films that will be shown in the Greater Montreal area exclusively at Excentris will also be offered simultaneously on cinemaexcentris.com and ONF.ca, starting on February 7 with Rithy Panh's latest documentary, L'image manquante (The Missing Picture), nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This pioneering initiative will give audiences throughout Quebec access to Quebec, Canadian and international auteur films in French that would otherwise not be available to them.

The new documentary by Panh will be added to a catalogue of several memorable titles that have already received a theatrical run at Excentris. As of today, the following Quebec feature films can be viewed on cinemaexcentris.com and ONF.ca: Vic et Flo ont vu un ours by Denis Côté, Chasse au Godard d'Abbittibbi by Éric Morin, and New Denmark and Finissant(e)s by Rafaël Ouellet. These foreign films are also available: Faust by Alexander Sokurov (Golden Lion, Venice 2011), Le cheval de Turin by Béla Tarr (Silver Bear, Berlin 2011), Journal de France by Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret, Volcano by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Louve d'Or, FNC 2011), Like Someone in Love by Abbas Kiarostami, Une famille respectable by Massoud Bakhshi, Barbara by Christian Petzold, Leviathan by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, and La forêt aux esprits by Linda Västrik.

Other titles will be added to the online selection in the coming weeks, beginning with Secondaire V by Guillaume Sylvestre, Bà Nôi (grand-maman) by Khoa Lê, Conte du Mile End by Jean-François Lesage, Le Horse Palace by Nadine Gomez, Le Cosaque et la gitane by Nadine Beaudet and J'espère que tu vas bien by David La Haye. In all, over 75 titles are slated to be added by the end of 2014, including about 10 simultaneous in-theatre and online releases.

“The NFB has always stood out for its innovative spirit. That's why this is a logical partnership for us when it comes to developing a new film-delivery model,” explained Hélène Blanchet, Executive Director at Excentris.

“For cinephiles outside Montreal, this is a window on programming at Excentris, a chance to view carefully selected films of exceptional quality at home. For filmmakers in Quebec who self-produce, like Rafaël Ouellet or David La Haye, it represents a fabulous opportunity to have their works seen by a wider audience. Everyone comes out a winner,” noted Caroline Masse, Artistic Director at Excentris.

“I want to commend Excentris for its daring in proposing a new film-delivery model. At the NFB, we're constantly on the lookout for new ways of doing things, and our online streaming expertise on our ONF.ca platform, which has had 28 million views since 2009, will help make this new offer a reality. This partnership also makes auteur cinema more accessible to Quebec audiences and constitutes another way of supporting creators,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Acting Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB.

This online offer supplements theatre screenings, which remain a fundamental part of the film experience, and enriches the features already offered on the cinemaexcentris.com site. In addition to listing movie times at the theatre and upcoming programming, cinemaexcentris.com includes a brand-new blog hosted by collaborators from some of the province's best cultural websites: Points de vue, Les Méconnus, Fragments Urbains, Boucle Magazine and Cinemaniak. ONF.ca, already one of Canada's most visited sites, is adding Excentris selections to the thousands of films currently available on the platform, many of which are offered free of charge.

Cost for on-demand online viewing

For simultaneous theatre and Web premiere screenings: $9.99
For films in the online catalogue: $4.99

Cinéma Excentris wishes to thank the Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (CLD) for its support of this project.

About Excentris
Founded in 1967, Cinéma Parallèle, which operates Cinéma Excentris, is a non-profit organization that supports independent film in Quebec and Canada, encourages emerging filmmakers and promotes the work of great artists from around the world. Cinéma Parallèle thanks the following for their support: the Government of Quebec (Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec), the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the City of Montreal, the Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (CLD) as well as its two major private partners: Provencher, Roy and Associates Architects, and the René Malo Foundation.

About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced 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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For interview requests, please contact:
Caroline Rompré | Press Agent, pixelleX | 514-778-9294 | caroline@pixellex.ca
Pat Dillon| Publicist, NFB | 514-206-1750 | p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

Source: David Lamarre | Communications Coordinator, Cinéma Excentris| 514-847-2206 #5224 |
dlamarre@cinemaexcentris.com