60th Cannes Film Festival - May 16 to 27, 2007

    Norman McLaren Prize goes to short film Palme d'Or winner

    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - The National Film Board of Canada will award
for the third year running the Norman McLaren Prize to the winner of the Palme
d'Or of short film.
    The Norman McLaren Prize was created in 2005 under the aegis of the
Cannes Film Festival, in memory of the pioneer of animated short film. The
prize includes an offer, on an optional basis, to distribute internationally
the winning film or co-produce/invest in the director's next short film. The
NFB is also delighted to announce that the cash prize has been increased this
year to 10,000 Euro.
    Claude Joli-Coeur, acting Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairman,
said: "The National Film Board of Canada is pleased to mark the 60th birthday
of the Cannes Film Festival by awarding the Norman McLaren Prize again this
year to the Palme d'Or short film winner. The short film has a special place
at the NFB. It's a unique mode of expression today enjoying tremendous success
thanks to new technologies and new distribution platforms."
    The Norman McLaren Prize will be awarded on Sunday, May 27, 2007, after
the Festival Closing Ceremony, during a private reception in the presence of
the award winner, the chairman and short film and Cinéfondation jury members.

    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 12,000 productions and won over 5000 awards,
including over 90 Genie Awards. The NFB also received its 12th Academy
Award (R) this year for Torill Kove's animated short The Danish Poet. The NFB
is renowned for its technical innovations and is a leader in content for new

For further information:

For further information: Cannes Film Festival press office: 3, rue
Amélie F-75007 Paris; Press contact NFB - France: Laurette
MONCONDUIT/Jean-Marc FEYTOUT, Tel. : 33 1 40 24 08 25, E-mail:
lmonconduit@free.fr, Cell: LM 06 09 56 68 23; The National Film Board of
Canada: In Cannes: Nathalie COURVILLE, Cell: 06 27 42 05 97 (May 17 to 30),
E-mail: n.courville@nfb.ca; In Montreal: Alia Quart KHAN, (514) 283-9433,
E-mail: a.khan@nfb.ca

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