National Film Board of Canada Garners 70th Oscar(R) Nod For Award-Winning Film Madame Tutli-Putli



    MONTREAL, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - The National Film Board of Canada was honoured
with its 70th Academy Award(R) nomination today for the animated short Madame
Tutli-Putli.
    Madame Tutli-Putli is the first professional film by Montreal-based
directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski. The film is produced by Marcy
Page, who also produced the Academy Award-winning films Ryan (2004) and The
Danish Poet (2007).
    Renowned throughout the world for its excellence in auteur animation and
point-of-view documentary, as Canada's public film producer, the NFB has
garnered more Oscar(R) nominations than any production company or organization
outside Hollywood. Since its first Academy Award in 1941, for the short
documentary Churchill's Island, the NFB has won a total of 12 Oscars, which it
shares with pride with all Canadians. The NFB, through its Filmmaker
Assistance Program (FAP), also participated in the completion of I Met The
Walrus, directed by Josh Raskin and produced by Jerry Levitan with the
financial assistance of Bravo!FACT. The NFB would like to congratulate the
filmmakers on their nomination.

    Madame Tutli-Putli

    This stunning, animated, stop-motion 17-minute film takes audiences on an
exhilarating existential journey. Boarding a night train, the film's main
character, Madame Tutli-Putli, finds herself caught up in a desperate
metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, drawn into an
undertow of mystery and suspense. This powerful film introduces groundbreaking
visual techniques and is supported by a haunting and original score.
Painstaking care and craftsmanship give life to a fully imagined, visceral
world unlike anything seen on screen before.
    Since its world premiere during Critics' Week at the 2007 Cannes Film
Festival where it picked up two prizes, international awards for Madame
Tutli-Putli include the Digital Pictures Award for Best Animated Short from
the Worldwide Short Film Festival and the Best Animation Award from both the
Palm Springs Film Festival and New York International Short Film Festivals.
The film was also chosen in December 2007 as one of Canada's Top 10 short
films by the Toronto International Film Festival Group.
    For complete information on up-coming screenings and to watch the
trailer, log on to www.nfb.ca/oscars. Canadians can watch Madame Tutli-Putli
at the Toronto Mediatheque or the Montreal Cinerobotheque FOR FREE until March
31st on our Digital Viewing Stations.

    About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and
distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and digital content
that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding
in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000
awards, including 12 Academy Awards(R) and more than 90 Genies. The NFB is
renowned for its technical innovations and is a leader in content for new
platforms. For more information about the NFB or to order films, go to
www.nfb.ca or call 1-800-267-7710.





For further information:

For further information: For interviews & review copies please contact:
In Canada: Pat Dillon-Moore, NFB, (514) 283-9411, Cell: (514) 206-1750,
p.a.dillon@nfb.ca; In the USA: Winston Emano, David Magdael & Associates, Tel:
(213) 624-7827, ext. 5, Cell: (310) 739-0946, wemano@tcdm-associates.com

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