Awards round-up: NFB wins at Webbys, The Immigrant crowned best of fest in L.A.

Canadian films and filmmakers continued their winning ways last week, taking home prizes at festivals and awards ceremonies around the world.
Scott Thompson plays Bob London in The Immigrant

Despite the cutbacks it has faced recently, the NFB proved it can still compete internationally, taking home two Webby Awards for Vincent Morisset’s Bla Bla and Kevin Lee Burton and Alicia Smith’s God’s Lake Narrows.

Bla Bla, produced by Hugues Sweeney, an interactive tale that explores the fundamental principles of human communication, earned the award for Netart in the websites category

Meanwhile, God’s Lake Narrows, produced by Smith and the NFB Digital Studio, nabbed the Best Use of Photography award, also in the websites category.

The project allows viewers to explore what life is like on the Native reserve of the same name in northern Manitoba.

Elsewhere, The Immigrant (pictured), by Toronto-based Levy brothers and the Kids in the Hall alumnus Scott Thompson, earned the Best of the Fest award at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.

The film, created by Thompson, tells the story of a comedian who tries to smuggle himself into the U.S. through the Mexican border in a desperate attempt to revive his career.

Thompson was also awarded a Commie award for his career achievements and contributions to comedy.

Neil Christopher’s Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves, won the jury award for best narrative short at the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.

The film, produced by Inhabit Media, is a traditional Inuit story in which two brothers find themselves lost in a strange and dangerous new land after a hunting accident.

And Michael Vernon’s Fragments, an NSI Features First project, has earned the NSI’s $3000 Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary.

The bursary is awarded to writer, director and producer teams who are working on their first or second film and going through the NSI training course with an inventive marketing plan for their project.

Fragments is a zombie sci-fi horror about an astrobiologist who is drawn back to the town she abandoned after a meteor crash.