November 3, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Starting November 5, Eoin Duffy’s award-winning National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short I Am Here will be streamed free-of-charge across a range of online portals, as this flash-animated 2D short premieres simultaneously at Cartoon Brew, NFB.ca, Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook.
It’s all part of season two of CB Fest, a new short-film series offered by Cartoon Brew. I Am Here is one of three films being presented as an online co-premiere with Short of the Week, which brings together acclaimed filmmakers, writers and web connoisseurs to offer additional insights and perspectives on these featured works.
In all, seven animated shorts by exciting up-and-coming directorial voices were selected this year, from five countries: Canada, Chile, Israel, Spain and Switzerland. The programmer for the second of CB Fest is Amid Amidi.
About the film
Duffy’s first film with the NFB, I Am Here combines modernist shapes and a riveting score by composer duo Menalon in an open-ended exploration of existence itself, as a mysterious traveller journeys across space and time in search of the origin of the universe, life and God.
Winner of the Leo Award for Best Screenwriting – Animation as well as the Award for Best Animated Short at Vancouver’s Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families, the film features the vocal talents of Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest). I Am Here is produced by the NFB’s BC and Yukon Studio in Vancouver (Shirley Vercruysse, producer and executive producer) and the Animation Studio in Montreal (Maral Mohammadian, producer; Michael Fukushima, executive producer).
About the filmmaker
Born in Ireland, Eoin Duffy employs a signature style that blends clean lines and colourful graphics with a humorous approach to dark and complex themes. His films have received international accolades, including a shortlisting for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards for The Missing Scarf (2014).
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailer, credits, synopsis: I Am Here
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