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The NFB at the 2019 Congrès mondial acadien: Connecting with audiences.


August 1, 2019 – Moncton – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be taking part in this year’s Congrès mondial acadien (CMA), held August 10 to 24 in Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Southeastern New Brunswick. This flagship event and celebration of the region’s cultural identity offers a valuable opportunity for the NFB to connect with audiences and make its works as widely accessible as possible, both of which are core NFB priorities. Blind Vaysha VR, the virtual reality version of Theodore Ushev’s award-winning short, will be presented in each of the PEI communities visited by the CMA. It will also be available at the Extrême Frontière Space in the Canadian Heritage Pavilion in Moncton, along with the 360-degree short documentary The 3rd Wheel, by Acadian director André Roy, and three programs of animated shorts for the whole family. The Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie’s interim producer, Christine Aubé, will be present throughout the CMA, in both PEI and Moncton. The congress, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is held every five years.

Blind Vaysha VR by Theodore Ushev

  • Vaysha is not like other little girls. Her left eye sees only the past; her right, only the future. “Blind Vaysha,” they call her.

The 3rd Wheel by André Roy

  • In Grande-Digue, New Brunswick, a school gym becomes the site of an experiment in reverse inclusion when non-disabled students ask for wheelchairs so that they can play basketball with their classmates, two sisters who have muscular dystrophy.

Animated shorts for the whole family

Three 30-to-40-minute programs of short films will be screened according to a schedule available onsite. The programs will give audiences a glimpse of the diverse, creative scope of animation at the NFB.

Other films, including Les artisans de l’atelier (The Artisans) by Acadian filmmaker Daniel Léger, will be screened at various local partner libraries of the NFB Film Club during the CMA.

Image from the CMA 2019 website.


Related Products

Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopses: Blind Vaysha VR | The Artisans | The 3rd Wheel

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Congrès mondial acadien

Media Relations

  • Madeleine Blanchard
    Publicist for the NFB

  • Lily Robert
    Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NFB
    C.: 514-296-8261

  • About the NFB

    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.