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Sebastian's Voodoo Wins NFB Online Short Film Competition

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. His film SEBASTIAN’S VOODOO was honored at the Short Film Corner in the presence of Jerome Paillard, Executive Director of the Marche du Film of the Cannes Film Festival.

This year, the ten shortlisted films generated more than 170,000 views in nine 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 public had nine days to vote online for their favorite 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 ten short films of this 2009 edition were selected by Danny Lennon from over 1,400 Short Film Corner entries from filmmakers worldwide.

The other finalists were: COUNTDOWN by Jordan Canning (Canada), DR. MORI’S TELESHOPPING by Spiros Jacovides (Greece), LEGACY by Teemu Nikki (Finland), REACH by Luke Randall (Australia), TENNER by David O’Neill (Great Britain), THE BLACK HOLE by Diamond Dogs (Great Britain), THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW by Rodrigo Gudino (Canada), THE RULES OF THE GAME by Tom Daley (U.S.) and WALTER ATE A PEANUT by Robin Willis (U.S).

You can watch SEBASTIAN'S VOODOO on AWNtv here.

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