The NFB at Sunny Side of the Doc 2007: Innovative Content for a Changing World

    MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Film Board of Canada is
back again this year at the 2007 Sunny Side of the Doc, an international
marketplace for documentary film that takes place from June 26 to 29 in
La Rochelle, France. The NFB, a long-standing partner of the event, is a vital
presence renowned for expertise in socially relevant feature documentaries and
in innovative digital content. The NFB delegation consists of Tom Perlmutter,
the new Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairman; executive producers
Silva Basmajian, Yves Bisaillon and Jacques Turgeon; and Maurice Paleau and
Thierry Mino from International Sales.
    "As a public producer, the NFB provides its partners with absolutely
unique creative added value," said Tom Perlmutter. "Our presence at Sunny Side
of the Doc is an excellent opportunity to meet our present and future
co-producers and to promote the artistic innovation, social relevance and
creative challenges faced by the NFB in this, the digital era."
    On Wednesday, June 27, in conversation with Jacques Bensimon (honorary
chairman of the 18th Sunny Side of the Doc), Tom Perlmutter will discuss how
the NFB as a public voice in virtual space is re-creating the digital realm.

    NFB on the agenda

    Participants from the NFB will help enliven various round tables: The
Future of Television in North America (Wednesday, June 27); Archives and High
Definition (Thursday, June 28); and Documentary and Animation (also on
Thursday, June 28). The NFB is at the fore of this groundbreaking mix of
genres, first with Ryan, co-produced with Copper Heart Entertainment and
winner of an Oscar(R), and now with The Dark Years, a three-episode
mini-series on the Great Depression in Canada, co-produced with Barna-Alper

    Commissioned projects

    At Sunny Side of the Doc 2007, international investors and co-producers
will be presented with four compelling NFB feature documentaries addressing
contemporary issues and historical perspectives:

    - The Sacred Fig Tree, renowned director Donald McWilliams' first-hand
      account of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya and its suppression by the
    - The Strangest Dream, directed by Eric Bednarski, the story of Sir
      Joseph Rotblat and of Pugwash, the movement for the non-proliferation
      of nuclear weapons;
    - Hôtel La Louisiane, directed by Michel La Veaux, a portrait of the
      legendary Paris hotel and its occupants from Sartre to Tarantino;
    - Citizen One, directed by Laure Waridel and Hugo Latulippe, a hard-
      hitting look at the multinationals' hold on the chain of life.

    New NFB films in international sales

    Five new NFB films take a stance on important issues of global importance:
the environment, with Buried at Sea (directed by John Wesley Chisholm;
produced by Arcadia Entertainment and the NFB) and Toxic Trespass (directed by
Barri Cohen, produced by If You Love Our Children Productions and the NFB);
international conflict, with Afghan Chronicles (directed by Dominic
Morrissette, produced by InformAction and the NFB); and religion and society,
with Faith Without Fear (directed by Ian McLeod, produced by 90th Parallel and
the NFB) and Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey (directed by Connie
Littlefield, produced by imX Communications and the NFB).

    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
5,000 awards, including more than 90 Genies. The NFB also received its 12th
Academy Award(R) this year for the animated short The Danish Poet, directed by
Torill Kove and co-produced by Norway's Mikrofilm AS and the NFB. 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 or call 1-800-267-7710.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Lincourt, Head of Communications,
National Film Board of Canada, (514) 283-3838, Cell: (514)-296-8261,

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