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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The NFB garners four Webby nominations - Vote online for your favourites at pv.webbyawards.com

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April 9, 2014 - Montreal, Quebec - Office national du film du Canada

The NFB received four nominations and four honourable mentions at the Webby Awards, the most prestigious international awards celebrating excellence on the Internet.

Anyone can vote online for the works that have been nominated until April 24 at pv.webbyawards.com. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 29, and the awards ceremony will take place on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Quick Facts

•     A Short History of the Highrise, an interactive documentary co-produced by the NFB and The New York Times, was nominated in the Best Use of Interactive Video and Best Use of Photography categories, and received an honourable mention in the Best Use of Video or Moving Image category. Created by Katerina Cizek and produced for the NFB by Gerry Flahive, A Short History of the Highrise is the latest installment in the NFB's multimedia documentary project HIGHRISE, giving audiences an innovative look at life inside residential highrises around the world. The executive producers are Silva Basmajian (NFB) and Jason Spingarn-Koff (The New York Times).

•    The interactive photo essay The Last Hunt has been nominated in the Best Navigation/Structure category and received an honourable mention in the Best Visual Design – Aesthetic category. The project delves into what motivated Montreal photographer Alexi Hobbs to photograph his grandfather's last hunting expedition. The creative team also includes Jeremy Mendes, co-creator/art director; Vincent McCurley, creative technologist/developer; and Jennifer Moss, writer. Loc Dao, Head of the NFB's Digital Studio in Vancouver, is executive producer and creative technologist. Rob McLaughlin is also executive producer.

•    The interactive documentary A Journal of Insomnia is in the running in the Online Film & Video: Experimental & Weird category. It paints a gripping contemporary portrait of insomnia, a disorder that affects one out of every three people in developed countries. The original idea for the project comes from Hugues Sweeney, Executive Producer at the NFB French Program's Digital Studio. The production team includes Guillaume Braun (creative director and scripting) and Bruno Choinière (artistic director and scripting) from AKUFEN Studio in Montreal, Philippe Lambert (music, sound design and scripting) and Thibaut Duverneix (direction, scripting and post-production) from the Departement multidisciplinary creative studio.

•    The interactive photo essay Similkameen Crossroads, featuring a little chapel that is an integral part of the history and identity of the Similkameen people, received an honourable mention in the Religion & Spirituality category. Written by Métis artist Tyler Hagan and Jennifer Moss, the work was created by Tyler Hagan and the NFB's Digital Studio in Vancouver.

•    The iPad app McLaren's Workshop also received an honourable mention in the Mobile & Apps: Best Visual Design – Aesthetic category. McLaren's Workshop provides an opportunity to watch 51 Norman McLaren films and 11 documentaries about his unique animation techniques as well as to create animated films. The app was designed and produced by the NFB in collaboration with Ottoblix and programmed by Para9/Matricis.

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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. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won 100 awards, including 7 Webbys. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.