Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Cordell Barker: Runaway Success at 2009 Annecy International Animated Film Festival (NFB)


It is interesting that I have been dwelling on the work of Canada's NFB of late. The following is a modified press release and the link is to a trailer. I have previously featured two of Cordell Barker's movies here and in each case below the link is to my blog entry:

The National Film Board of Canada’s animated short, Runaway (trailer) by Oscar-nominated director, Cordell Barker, was honoured with the Jury's Special Award at the 2009 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Saturday, June 13. Barker received this same honour in 2001 for his Oscar nominated animated short, Strange Invaders. Annecy International Animated Film Festival is wholly dedicated to animation and is the biggest and most recognized event of its kind in the world, often being referred to as the Cannes of animation.
What would happen if the world were a driverless train thundering recklessly over bumpy tracks? Cordell Barker's new short animation, the colourful Runaway, provides a caustic answer. Set to music by Benoît Charest (composer of the Triplets of Belleville) Runaway is Cordell's third animation film with the NFB. Born in Winnipeg, Cordell made his first film, the much-loved musical animation The Cat Came Back (1988), at the NFB. Voted one of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time, the film went on to win over 15 awards and honours, including an Academy Award nomination. His second film with the NFB, Strange Invaders (2002), garnered him a further 15 awards, including a second Oscar nomination. Runaway is produced by Derek Mazur for the NFB. In May, it was awarded the Petit Rail d'Or for Best Short Film in Cannes. Information and a special Making Of film are available via the links.

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