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Ryan Winner at AFI & Leeds

The American Film Institute Film Festival honored The National Film Board of Canadas RYAN by Chris Landreth with a special honorable mention in the short film category. Additionally, RYAN was recognized at the Leeds International Film Festival earlier this month with the World Animation award.

I am thrilled to have my work recognized by the AFI and the Leeds international Film Festival. Both are highly competitive and respected festivals, this is just a great honor, said Landreth.

RYAN, looks at the life and career of Canadian animator Ryan Larkin, an Oscar nominee who made some of the most influential animated films of his time when he worked for the National Film Board. But today, 30 years later, Ryan is living every artists nightmare: he now panhandles on the streets of Montreal to make ends meet. By combining hand-animated images with the latest in technology, Academy-Award-nominated director Landreth pushes the boundaries of photorealism and the animation and documentary genres.

RYAN has picked up 24 prizes this year at film festivals around the world, ranging from Cannes to Hiroshima. The film is a Copper Heart Ent. production (Steve Hoban, Mark Smith), in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada (Marcy Page), in association with the Seneca Animation Arts Centre.

Now in its 65th year, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more than 10,000 films and won more than 4,500 awards, including 10 Oscars. As Canadas public film producer, the NFB produces and distributes distinctive, culturally diverse, challenging and relevant audiovisual works that provide Canada and the world with a unique Canadian perspective. For more information, visit or call (800) 267-7710.

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