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NFB and co-producers win three NUMIX awards, including FMC Grand Prize for The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa.


May 18, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and its co-producers won three awards at last night’s 9th NUMIX awards gala: the FMC Grand Prize and the Immersive Production Award (Cultural Production Category) went to Karim Ben Khelifa’s The Enemy (Camera Lucida Productions/France Télévisions/NFB/Dpt./Emissive) while Carrier Pigeon by Folklore (NFB/ARTE France, in partnership with IDFA DocLab) won the Digital Work Award (Cultural Production Category).

These awards, as well as the three nominations the NFB received, are proof of a vibrant year in digital creation for Canada’s public producer, whose varied approach to both form and content resulted in unique participatory experiences for screens and other formats. The technologies used—for mobile devices, museums, public places, and computers—supported storytelling at its finest.

FMC Grand Prize
Immersive Production Award 
(Cultural Production Category)

The Enemy

This VR experience presents powerful encounters between real combatants from opposing camps to show that both sides are, in fact, more alike than different.

World premiered to sold-out audiences at the Arab World Institute in Paris and premiered in Canada at the Phi Centre in Montreal.

The Enemy comprises two components: a multiuser VR museum installation and an augmented-reality (AR) app that can be downloaded for free.

Created by internationally renowned photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa. A France/Canada international co-production:

  • Chloé Jarry, Camera Lucida, Producer (France)
  • Antonin Lhôte, Project Manager, France Télévisions Nouvelles Écritures
  • Louis-Richard Tremblay, Producer, NFB (Canada)
  • Fabien Barati, Executive Producer, Emissive (France)
  • Nicolas S. Roy, Executive Producer and Creative Director, Dpt. (Canada)

Digital Work Award (Cultural Production Category)

Carrier Pigeon

This experience offers a poetic take on the simple acts you perform every day with your smartphone, such as sending an e-mail, liking a picture, or sharing a post. It’s part of the Very Very Short series, a collection of 10 web-based interactive projects for smartphones that explores the theme of mobility in 60-second experiences.

Created by Folklore, and produced by the NFB and ARTE France, in collaboration with the IDFA DocLab.
Executive Producer: Hugues Sweeney

The NFB also received three nominations at the NUMIX awards this year, for Thank You for Playing by Andréa Cohen-Boulakia (NFB), I Heard There Was a Secret Chord by Daily tous les jours (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal/NFB/Daily tous les jours) and The Compassion Machine by Ensemble Ensemble (NFB/Quartier des spectacles).


Promotional Material
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: Carrier Pigeon | I Heard There Was a Secret Chord | Thank You for Playing | The Compassion Machine | The Enemy

Associated Links
NUMIX awards
Camera Lucida Productions
France Télévisions
ARTE France
Arab World Institute in Paris
Phi Centre
Daily tous les jours
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Ensemble Ensemble
Quartier des spectacles

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