Films from the 5 Shorts Project in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Nadagam films/NFB) are now available online for free on NFB.ca and YouTube. Moving, funny and powerful films that chronicle everyday life.
October 29, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
After making their world premiere at the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FCIAT), the documentaries in the 5 Shorts Project (Nadagam films/NFB)—Granny and Mia by Émilie Villeneuve, Children of the Nomad by Evelyne Papatie, Délia from 9 to 5 by Délia Gunn, The Mental Load for Dummies by Jessy Poulin, and Toes Heels Toes Heels by Gabrielle Cornellier—can now be streamed free of charge from anywhere in the world on NFB.ca and the NFB’s YouTube channel. The five women directors from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, two of whom hail from the Kitcisakik Anicinape community, took on the challenge of creating very short documentaries for the web. Each of these moving, funny, and powerful chronicles of everyday life has a distinctive style and takes a candid, meaningful look at family, community and the world.
Launched at the NFB by the French Program’s Documentary Studio, headed by Colette Loumède, the 5 Shorts Project visits Quebec’s regions to discover new filmmaking talent. After celebrating artists from Quebec City and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, the program now turns its attention to Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where the NFB worked with the production company Nadagam films in Val-d’Or, led by Serge Bordeleau.
5 Shorts Project – Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Produced by Nathalie Cloutier (NFB) and Serge Bordeleau (Nadagam films), with executive producer Colette Loumède (NFB).
- Granny and Mia by Émilie Villeneuve (2 min 44 s)
Narrated by a six-year-old girl, this film about the making of a rainbow cake takes on the magical power of bringing generations together.
Producer, director, actor, and writer Émilie Villeneuve is the director of the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
- Children of the Nomad by Evelyne Papatie (2 min 53 s)
Hailing from a family of nomads, the filmmaker writes a magnificent, poetic letter to her children in which the bicycle becomes a powerful symbol of heritage, knowledge and coming together.
Kitcisakik filmmaker and producer Evelyne Papatie is actively involved in Wapikoni Mobile.
- Délia from 9 to 5 by Délia Gunn (3 min 40 s)
A direct, unvarnished—yet tender and humorous—portrait of a typical day in the life of director Délia Gunn in Réservoir-Dozois, who was eight months pregnant at the time.
Born in Kitcisakik, Délia Gunn has written and directed a number of short films for Wapikoni Mobile.
- The Mental Load for Dummies by Jessy Poulin (2 min 48 s)
In this humorous “experiential” documentary, the words of four overworked Abitibi women encourage viewers to reflect on work/family balance and the dangers of exhaustion.
Trained in cinema and communications, Jessy Poulin is a digital production technician at UQAT and a director, actor, and mother.
- Toes Heels Toes Heels by Gabrielle Cornellier (3 min 12 s)
Thirty people from different generations come together in a community hall to learn line dancing with the help of dynamic instructor Lorraine Camirand.
A UQAM-trained writer, director, and editor, Gabrielle Cornellier has made a number of short films and web series.
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: 5 Shorts Project – 3rd edition
Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FCIAT)
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