PUT ON YOUR 3D GLASSES!
NFB TAKES AUDIENCES TO NEW DIMENSIONS WITH STEREOSCOPIC 3D ANIMATION AT TIFF
Toronto, August 7, 2013 â€“ A world-renowned creative laboratory making breakthroughs in animation and stereoscopic 3D (S3D) cinema, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will showcase its auteur animators at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with four new films. Taking placeÂ September 5 to 15, the festival will feature premieres of NFB S3D animated shorts in its Short Cuts Canada program, withÂ The End of PinkyÂ byÂ Claire Blanchet,Â ImpromptuÂ by Bruce Alcock (Global Mechanic Media/NFB),Â Gloria VictoriaÂ by Theodore Ushev andSubconscious PasswordÂ byÂ Chris Landreth.
Two NFB films will be making their world premiere at TIFF 2013:
The End of Pinky
Claire Blanchetâ€™s S3D filmÂ The End of PinkyÂ revolves around three fallen angelsâ€•Johnny, Mia and Pinkyâ€•seeking companionship and humanity in the shadows of the red-light district, in a mythic, magically realized Montreal. But when one of Pinkyâ€™s endearing quirks sets off a tragicomic chain of events, Johnny plots revenge. Created with hand-drawn pencil and pastel animation, and rendered in stereoscopic 3D,Â The End of PinkyÂ is based on a story by Heather Oâ€™Neill, who also narrates. It is directed, written and animated by Claire Blanchet and produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB.
When Chuckâ€™s wife spontaneously invites her co-workers home for dinnerÂ in Bruce Alcockâ€™sÂ Impromptu, this last-minute gathering seems to have all the makings of a disasterâ€”but leads instead to a quiet epiphany about embracing the chaos of lifeâ€™s rich pageant.Â ImpromptuÂ reminds us of the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love, as seen through the eyes of a modern man. The film wasÂ written by Ed Riche and Bruce Alcock, with Tina Ouellette as producer for Global Mechanic and Annette Clarke and Michael Fukushima as producers for the NFB.
North American premiere
Â Gloria Victoria
The final film in Theodore Ushevâ€™s NFB trilogy on the relationship between art and power,Â Gloria VictoriaÂ unfolds on the still-smouldering rubble of a furious 20th century. From the Russian front to the Chinese Revolution, from Dresden to Guernica,Â Gloria VictoriaÂ combines elements of surrealism and cubism to orchestrate an explosive nightmare in the name of peace. Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival,Â Gloria VictoriaÂ is set to music from Shostakovichâ€™sÂ Leningrad Symphony, and joins Ushevâ€™s previous worksÂ Drux FluxÂ andÂ Tower BawherÂ as an animated dialogue between music and images. The film is produced by Marc Bertrand for the NFB.
Â Subconscious PasswordÂ
In the computer-animated S3D workÂ Subconscious Password, Oscar-winning director Chris Landreth (Ryan) uses a common social gaffeâ€”forgetting somebodyâ€™s nameâ€”as the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious. Inspired by the classic TV game showÂ Password, the film features a wealth of animated celebrity guests who try (and try, and try) to prompt Charles, Landrethâ€™s alter ego, to remember the name. Winner of the award for best short film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival,Â Subconscious PasswordÂ is produced by the NFB, with the participation of the Animation Arts Centre of Seneca College and Copperheart Entertainment. Marcy Page (NFB) and Mark Smith are the producers.
About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreakingÂ animationÂ at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the worldâ€™s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms.Â The NFB has created overÂ 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, includingÂ 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.Â To access acclaimed NFB content, visitÂ NFB.caÂ or download itsÂ appsÂ for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.