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NFB animated shorts win big at Annecy

Oscar-winning filmmaker Chris Landreth’s Subconscious Password (pictured) won for best short film at the prestigious European festival.

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NFB makes Malting Silos story interactive for Hyperlocal

Melissa Bull’s story has been adapted as an interactive piece by the NFB’s Digital Studio as part of an online collection of neighborhood stories.

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NFB filmmaker named MIT visiting artist

Katerina Cizek will work with the institute’s OpenDocLab to develop the next production in the NFB’s multimedia Highrise project.

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NFB launches pay multiplatform service for docs

The National Film Board of Canada is launching the service for docs which it hopes will become “the Netflix of documentaries,” allowing filmmakers to be connected “almost instantaneously with their audiences.”

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Restored Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz secures Cannes selection

The 1974 classic Ted Kotcheff film, starring Richard Dreyfuss (pictured), was restored in an initiative spearheaded by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

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Weekly roundup: nominations, premieres and festival news

Included in this week’s briefs are Canadian nominations for the Webby Awards and news that B.C.-serviced U.S. production Bates Motel (pictured) has been renewed by A&E Network.

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CBC-Radio Canada and NFB pact with Via Rail

The on-train entertainment programming will include TV newscasts, documentaries and animation, with more content to be added in the future.

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NFB partners with New York Times’ Op-Docs

The organizations will collaborate on A Short History of the Highrise, a project of four short docs, as part of the NFB’s ongoing Highrise project.

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Christina Rogers leaves NFB, joins Magnolia

The NFB’s long-serving head of sales Christina Rogers (pictured) has left the company after more than a decade to join Magnolia Pictures.

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Report: ‘Discoverability’ tactics essential to online content success

Audience engagement throughout a project’s development, production and distribution is crucial, according to a new report from the Canadian Media Production Association.

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Cinedigm takes U.S. rights to The Fruit Hunters

The U.S. digital distributor plans a spring 2013 theatrical release followed by VOD, digital and DVD for Yung Chang’s documentary about the world of exotic fruit and fruit enthusiasts.

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NFB names Ravida Din as English program director general

Din, who has been with the organization since 2007 as both a producer and executive producer, will contribute to the launch of a new strategic plan for the NFB and shape upcoming plans for the organization.