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NFB Chairperson Claude Joli-Coeur speaks at the Yorkton Film Festival, joined by the North West Studio’s newest producer, Jon Montes, and a strong selection of 15 NFB films nominated for Golden Sheaf Awards.



May 19, 2016 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada, will be at the Yorkton Film Festival to take part in “Straight from the Top,” a top industry panel reviewing the current state of Canada’s film sector. Mr. Joli-Coeur will be joined by Valerie Creighton (Canada Media Fund) and Daniel Cross (EyeSteelFilm), for a one-hour informal discussion beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27. Joli-Coeur will also be on hand May 28, as a presenter at Yorkton’s Golden Sheaf Awards.

“The NFB is working with communities and content creators to tell the stories that make a difference in the lives of Canadians. Our grassroots engagement in Saskatchewan is central to what the NFB’s all about. Yorkton is a wonderful event to advance that important work and I look forward to being part of it, and to meeting with the province’s growing film and digital media sector,” said Claude Joli-Coeur.

The NFB Commissioner will be joined at Yorkton by Jon Montes, the newest member of NFB’s production team at the North West Studio. Montes, who’ll be working closely with Saskatchewan’s film and digital creators, will take part in two industry events: “Meet the Agencies, Broadcasters, and Buyers,” starting at 1:30 p.m. on May 27, which lets content creators connect with the right partners or buyers for their projects; as well as “New Narratives,” starting May 28 at 11 a.m., during which Montes will offer a discussion and demonstration of the NFB’s pioneering work in interactive storytelling, including the new release Seances, a groundbreaking experiment in data-driven cinematic storytelling from Winnipeg’s Guy Maddin, co-creators Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, and the NFB.

In addition, 15 NFB productions and co-productions have received a total of 20 Golden Sheaf Award nominations this year.

Quick Facts

NFB Golden Sheaf nominees:

Aboriginal Award

Sisters & Brothers, dir. Kent Monkman

Emerging Filmmaker

Red Path, dir. Thérèse Ottawa
We Regret to Inform You…, dir. Eva Colmers, Heidi Janz

Director Non-Fiction

We Regret to Inform You…, dir. Eva Colmers, Heidi Janz
Singing Lumberjack, dir. Rachel Bower


BAM, dir. Howie Shia
My Heart Attack, dir. Sheldon Cohen
Carface, dir. Claude Cloutier
The Death of Kao-Kuk, dir. Luc Chamberland

Children’s and Youth Production

If I Was God, dir. Cordell Barker


Etlinisigu’niet – Bleed Down, dir. Jeff Barnaby
Sisters & Brothers, dir. Kent Monkman
Nimmikaage – She Dances for People, dir. Michelle Latimer
Mobilize, dir. Caroline Monnet


Femmes debout, dir. Marie Ka
Red Path, dir. Thérèse Ottawa

Short Subject (Non-Fiction)

We Regret to Inform You…, dir. Eva Colmers, Heidi Janz
Debris, dir. John Bolton
Nowhere Land, dir. Bonnie Ammaaq
Singing Lumberjack, dir. Rachel Bower


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Yorkton Film Festival
Canada Media Fund

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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.