Sebastian’s Voodoo, winner of the 5th NFB Online Short Film Competition
Cannes 2009 Competition draws more than 170,000 views in 9 days. Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada, today awarded the prize for the 5th NFB Online Short Film Competition to Joaquin Baldwin of the United States. His film Sebastian’s Voodoo was honoured at the Short Film Corner in the presence of Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Marché du Film of the Cannes Film Festival. This year, the ten shortlisted films generated more than 170,000 views in 9 days on the NFB’s English and French channels on YouTube. This fifth edition was organized in collaboration with the Cannes Short Film Corner, the meeting place for short filmmakers from over 40 countries, and in association with YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing site. In partnering the competition, the NFB continues to encourage the creators of bold and innovative shorts. The public had 9 days to vote online for their favourite short films on the YouTube site, which recorded nearly 8,000 votes from all over the globe. The competition attracted a large number of NFB Twitter subscribers <@thenfb> and <@onf>, reaching tens of thousands of short film lovers – not to mention the numerous blogs that aired the videos. The winning film, Sebastian’s Voodoo, is an animation drama in which a voodoo doll must find the courage to save its friends from being pinned to death. The film can be seen until June 21, 2009 in English at <www.nfb.ca/cannes> or <www.youtube.com/nfb> and in French at <www.onf.ca/cannes> or <www.youtube.com/onf>. Winner Joaquin Baldwin receives from the NFB a semi-professional HD MINI-DV camera and a computer with post-production software. The ten short films of this 2009 edition were selected by Danny Lennon from over 1,400 Short Film Corner entries from filmmakers worldwide.