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Seven NFB-produced or co-produced works showing at We Are One: A Global Film Festival.


May 26, 2020 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Seven works that were either produced or co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have been selected for We Are One: A Global Film Festival, an unprecedented online film festival streaming across the globe on YouTube from May 29 to June 7, 2020. More than 20 of the most prestigious festivals in the world—including Venice, Berlin, Cannes, Annecy, Tribeca and Toronto—are joining forces to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which will also provide ways for viewers to donate to COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. The NFB titles selected are: the animated shorts Shannon Amen by Chris Dainty and The Procession by Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais, both of which have won acclaim on the festival circuit; Léon in Wintertime, Molly in Springtime, Bonifacio in Summertime and Poppety in the Fall, a series of four enchanting, family-friendly animated films co-directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon; and the VR animation work Minotaur by Munro Ferguson.

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Seven NFB productions or co-productions selected for the We Are One: A Global Film Festival:

Animated shorts

  • Shannon Amen by Chris Dainty (15 min)
    Synopsis, biographies, images: mediaspace.nfb.ca/shannon-amen
    Shannon Amen
    unearths the frantic, passionate and pained expressions of a young woman as she struggles to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious faith.
  • The Procession by Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais (11 min 23 s)
    Synopsis, biographies, images: mediaspace.nfb.ca/theprocession
    After Catherine’s fatal car accident, she speaks from the beyond to her husband, Philip, who must endure the family ritual of the funeral.

A series of animated films recounting four seasons in the life of Léon, an adorable bear cub

  • Léon in Wintertime by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Pascal Le Nôtre (27 min)
  • Molly in Springtime by Pierre-Luc Granjon (27 min)
  • Bonifacio in Summertime by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux (27 min)
  • Poppety in the Fall by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux (27 min)

Virtual-reality animation

  • Minotaur by Munro Ferguson (6 min 52 s)
    Synopsis, biographies, images: mediaspace.nfb.ca/minotaur
    The archetypal hero takes a journey through seven stages: birth, childhood, mission, labyrinth, monster, battle and death/rebirth.

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French press release here | Communiqué français ici.

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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.