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National Film Board of Canada closes first TV licence deal with Cuban state broadcaster for Havana International Book Fair


February 6, 2017 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Nine Canadian films will soon be broadcast on Cuban state television.

This is the first television licence between the National Film Board of Canada and a Cuban broadcaster. The nine NFB films—a selection of documentaries, animated shorts, and one drama—will be broadcast in Spanish-language versions. Negotiations were carried out in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada.

The broadcast coincides with Canada’s participation at the Havana International Book Fair. As part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, Canada accepted Cuba’s invitation to be the guest country of honour at the book fair—considered to be Cuba’s premier cultural event at this time of the year, with more than 600,000 attendees—from February 9 to 19, 2017.

The nine films are:

BONE WIND FIRE, directed by Jill Sharpe (2011)

FLAMENCO AT 5:15, directed by Cynthia Scott (1983)

HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP! OR THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE, directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (2010)

MOLLY IN SPRINGTIME, directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon (2009)

MON ONCLE ANTOINE, directed by Claude Jutra (1971)

MY VILLAGE IN NUNAVIK, directed by Bobby Kenuajuak (1999)

POPPETY IN THE FALL, directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux (2012)

RIVER OF LIFE, directed by Werner Walcher (2007)

ROSE & VIOLET, directed by Claude Grosch and Luc Otter (2011)

“Canada is taking a big role in every way as a welcoming society open to other cultures,” said NFB sales agent Oscar Rangel. “With this agreement, Canada is once again affirming its long-time influence and collaboration in Cuba.”

The National Film Board of Canada will be part of the Fair, showcasing 20 films on site.


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