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Kevin D.A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher’s animated short Skin for Skin wins three top awards at Alberta film festivals. NFB North West Studio production wins honours at Calgary and Edmonton fests.


October 5, 2017 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

A dark tale of greed and spiritual reckoning by Kevin D.A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher, the National Film Board of Canada animated short film Skin for Skin has picked up three awards at film festivals in Alberta, winning Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated) and Audience Favourite, Alberta Short at the Calgary International Film Festival, followed by the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film (Animation) at the Edmonton International Film Festival.

About the film

In 1823, the governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction. But one day, the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price. With nods to Melville and Coleridge, Kevin D. A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher have created a dazzling, mythic look at the cost of arrogance and greed.

Skin for Skin is produced by Bonnie Thompson (NFB) and Carol Beecher (Fifteen Pound Pink Productions), and executive produced by David Christensen for the NFB’s North West Studio, based in Edmonton.

About the filmmakers

Calgary writers/directors/animators Kevin D. A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher have been exploring the art and craft of animation for 30 years. Since they formed their production company, Fifteen Pound Pink Productions, in 1994, they’ve collaborated on 15 animated works that have garnered more than 15 awards.


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Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: Skin for Skin

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Calgary International Film Festival
Edmonton International Film Festival
Fifteen Pound Pink Productions

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