The NFB at the Festival Ciné Canada in Haiti



    MONTREAL, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The second Festival Ciné Canada, organized by
the Canadian embassy in Haiti in association with the National Film Board of
Canada, will run from February 22 to 27 in Port-au-Prince. The event will
screen NFB films almost exclusively and will be inaugurated by the Minister of
Foreign Affairs, the honourable Maxime Bernier, with the Canadian ambassador
to Haiti, Claude Boucher, and NFB Assistant Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur.
There will be screenings every day both in the open air on the Champ de Mars
in Port-au-Prince and in a cinema in the capital.
    The NFB is participating in this important cultural event as part of the
cultural cooperation agreement it signed with the ministère de la Culture et
de la Communication d'Haiti in May 2007, at the request of the Haitian
government.
    For Claude Joli-Coeur, "Our presence underlines the significant part the
NFB plays on the international scene. Countries under reconstruction, such as
Haiti, need a cultural legacy to help them develop fully. We're sharing our
works and skills because we believe in the transforming power of film and in
the role it plays in creating social change."
    The cultural cooperation agreement was sealed when the Film Board donated
212 films from its greatest titles to the Haitian government to be shown on
national and private television and in schools.
    The mission in May 2007 also gave us a chance to assess the needs of the
Ministry, its organizations and Haitian filmmakers. Accordingly, last
November, we decided to donate to Haitian television a range of film equipment
(cameras and lighting) and three professional videotape recorders (analog and
digital) to conserve and promote their archives, as well as nearly 1,300
videocassettes to screen in public libraries, schools and arts organizations.

    About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and
distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and innovative
digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The
recipient of its 70th Academy Award(R) nomination for Madame Tutli-Putli,
directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, the NFB has garnered more
Oscar(R) nominations than any production company or organization outside
Hollywood. Since its founding in 1939, Canada's public producer and
distributor has won over 5000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90
Genies. 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: Lily Robert, Head of Communications, National
Film Board of Canada, (514) 283-3838, l.robert@nfb.ca

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