1 October 2007
At MIPCOM 2007, the NFB continues to expand its international network of reciprocal archive agreements via a new deal with Germany’s Framepool. This partnership will enable the NFB and its archives of over 4000 hours greater access to Germany and other markets. What’s more, with Framepool as a leading supplier of footage to commercial houses, the agreement also represents a breakthrough for the NFB and its vast archives into a totally new market.
This new partnership with Framepool follows other international agreements with leading archival organizations announced by the NFB at MIP in previous years, including National Geographic and Gaumont Pathé, providing wider access to the NFB’s treasure chest of audiovisual material and creating new archives-based productions.
Brilliant, riveting and utterly original, the 2 x 1 hour Fatal Passage blends drama, documentary and behind-the-scenes footage in a way that will redefine the documentary form as it tells the story of the doomed Franklin expedition to discover the Northwest Passage. It is a co-production with producer-director John Walker (Hand of Stalin, Men of the Deeps, The Fairy Faith), independent producer Andrea Nemtin of PTV Productions and BBC Scotland.
Fatal Passage is one of several major international NFB co-productions at MIPCOM this year, including the acclaimed animated shorts Tragic Story with Happy Ending, winner of the Annecy Crystal Award, co-produced by the NFB with France’s Folimage and Portugal’s Ciclope Filmes, and Conte de quartier, recipient of a Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival, co-produced by the NFB with ARTE France and Les Films de l'Arlequin.
Other NFB product highlights at MIPCOM include two documentaries that received top honours at the 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Winner of the Special Jury Prize, the 83-min Driven by Dreams is proof positive that it is possible to grow old happily, offering a joyful look at group of people 72 to 94 years of age. The 90-min HD The Bodybuilder and I, winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, takes viewers on a journey into the strange subculture of geriatric bodybuilding, by a son trying to discover who his father really is.
Two other high-definition releases round out the NFB’s MIPCOM 2007 highlights. The one-hour The World’s Largest Studio offers an insider’s look at China’s gargantuan Hengdian World Studios. Larger than the Universal and Paramount studio lots combined, Hengdian features 12 motion picture shooting sites spanning different periods of Chinese history. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the 85-min documentary/drama hybrid Radiant City serves up a vivid, provocative, unsettling look at 21st century suburbia.
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 5000 awards, including its 12th Academy Award® 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. Visit them at Stand 04.07 at MIPCOM 2007 to find out more.
Jennifer Humphries Joanne Leduc
NFB Media Relations Assistant Director General
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