Bravo!FACT-Funded Short Nominated for an Oscar(R)

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Moments ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Science announced that Josh Raskin's I Met the Walrus is nominated in the
Best Animated Short Film category of The 80th Annual Academy Awards(R). I Met
the Walrus is a Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)-funded short
    "Bravo!FACT is responsible for 120 grants to production companies
nationally," said Isme Bennie, Vice-President and General Manager, Bravo!.
"We're a committed supporter of both independent filmmakers and the arts so
Bravo! is thrilled to have partnered with a project deemed worthy of an
Academy Award nomination this year."
    In May 1969, Jerry Levitan was a 14-year-old Beatles fan who invited
himself into John Lennon's hotel room and convinced him to do an interview.
Almost 40 years later, Levitan took the audio from that interview and teamed
up with Toronto animator Josh Raskin. The result is I Met the Walrus, an
intricate, animated visual narrative that accompanies John Lennon's timeless
message, featuring the pen sketches of James Braithwaite and the digital
illustrations of Alex Kurina. I Met the Walrus airs on Bravo! later this year
as part of Bravo!FACT Presents.

    CTVglobemedia Inc.'s Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)
was established in 1995 by the national cable arts channel Bravo!. The
foundation is the largest funder of shorts in Canada. Thirteen million dollars
have been awarded in grants for the production of over 1,200 shorts across the
country during the past dozen years. The shorts are broadcast in Canada during
the half-hour show Bravo!FACT Presents in prime-time on Bravo! and A-Channels,
and are often honoured at local, national and international film festivals.
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Publicist, (416) 591-7400 x2746,; Emily Young Lee,
Communications Manager, (416) 591-7400 x3004,; Please visit
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