NFB excellence in animation and documentary showcased at global public programming conference INPUT. Taking place May in Calgary, INPUT features innovative content from 30 countries.
April 27, 2016 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Three acclaimed National Film Board of Canada productions―Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina Profile, Claude Cloutier’s Carface and Sheldon Cohen’s My Heart Attack―have been invited to INPUT, the world’s biggest and most prestigious public television conference, which takes place this year in Calgary from May 8–12.
Now in its 35th season, this annual international gathering brings together public television program producers and broadcasters to discuss and challenge the boundaries of public TV. The four-day screening event features 90 selections from 30 countries, showcasing the most innovative content being created and broadcast in the public interest. The last time INPUT was held in Canada was in 1990, in Edmonton.
NFB Chairperson Claude Joli-Coeur will be in Calgary to take part in INPUT, along with NFB animators Sheldon Cohen and Claude Cloutier. Also attending is Edmonton-based North West Studio producer Bonnie Thompson, who’s participating in a panel discussion about Indigenous programming with Canada Award-winning filmmaker and educator Tasha Hubbard (Two Worlds Colliding) on May 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., moderated by Michelle Thrush and Tina Keeper.
- Part love story, part international thriller, and a gripping chronicle of an unprecedented media and sociological hoax, the esperamos/NFB co-produced feature documentary The Amina Profile has been acclaimed at festivals around the world, and won the Special Jury Prize for Canadian features at Hot Docs. The Amina Profile is written and directed by Sophie Deraspe, and produced by Isabelle Couture (esperamos) and Nathalie Cloutier (NFB). Distributed in Canada by Les Films du 3 mars, the film is screening at INPUT on May 9 in the “Digital Deception” program, which starts at 1:30 p.m.
- The animated short Carface is a musical-comedy satire about the power of Big Oil by Jutra and Genie Award-winning animator Claude Cloutier (Sleeping Betty). Recipient of the Guy L. Coté Prize for Best Canadian Animation Film at the Sommets du cinéma d’animation as well as the Québec Cinéma Award for Best Animated Short Film, Carface was produced by Julie Roy for the NFB’s French Animation Studio. It will be shown May 11 as part of “Poetry in Motion,” which starts at 9:30 a.m.
- My Heart Attack is the latest NFB animated short ―and the most personal film to date―from multi-award-winning animator and illustrator Sheldon Cohen (The Sweater). My Heart Attack is written and directed by Sheldon Cohen, and produced by Jelena Popovic and Marcy Page for the NFB’s Animation Studio in Montreal. The film is screening on May 12 as part of “Me, Myself and Eye,” starting at 1:30 p.m.
Les Films du 3 mars
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