The NFB or Draw me a picture



    MONTREAL, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Torill Kove, who won an Oscar in 2006
for her animated short The Danish Poet, has come to the defence of the
National Film Board (NFB). In a video unveiled today by the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE-FTQ), the filmmaker makes a plea for maintaining the
NFB's expertise in film animation. The video is available on YouTube or by
hyperlink from the scfp.qc.ca and cupe.ca Websites.
    "It's where I trained as an animator really," Torill Kove explains. Over
the years, NFB artists have become experts in film animation, a sector that
has greatly contributed to the institution's worldwide reputation. "They just
took you under their wings and looked after your talent ... in a little cocoon
of creativity... (where) you don't have to deal with the business of film
making," notes the filmmaker. She stresses the contribution and the support of
the NFB staff whose years of experience make a world of difference to the
artists. But Torill Kove is worried about the future of the NFB: "The National
Film Board is being asked to do a lot for less and less resources... but you
can only spread yourself so thin..."
    "We are delighted that someone of the stature of Torill Kove is
supporting our mission and funding for the NFB," says Serge Gaspard Gaudreau,
President of a CUPE local at the NFB. "We have received a lot of support
during our campaign to save the mission of the NFB and to restore its ability
to function. We will be able to make our voice heard by the Members of
Parliament in order to preserve this national treasure."
    Following Benoît Pilon, Alanis Obomsawin and Roger Frappier, Torill Kove
is the fourth artist to join the At the NFB, the economic crisis is fifteen
years old. See to it! campaign launched by the Institution's CUPE unions. Over
the next few weeks, three more film personalities will speak out on behalf of
the NFB.

    Since it was founded in 1939, the NFB has created more than 13,000
titles, won more than 5,000 awards, garnered more than 90 Genies, received
over 70 Oscar nominations and landed 12 Oscars.

    The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is proud to have the 260
NFB employees and technical staff among its members. CUPE has 7,000 members in
communications in Quebec, and a strong presence in a number of other sectors,
notably health and social services, education, urban and air transport, Quebec
government corporations and public agencies, hydroelectric power and
municipalities. With more than 105,000 members, CUPE is the biggest affiliate
of the FTQ.
    This press release and other information can be found on the website:
scfp.qc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Serge Gaspard Gaudreau, union office, (514)
344-9399; Alexandre Boulerice, (514) 384-9681, ext. 270, mobile: (514)
668-7148; Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees (FTQ)


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