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NFB, ARTE announce webdoc collaboration

ARTE France and The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have announced a two-year coproduction agreement for the creation of at least two web documentaries.
June 25, 2010

ARTE France and The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have announced a two-year coproduction agreement for the creation of at least two web documentaries. Within the arrangement, one web doc will originate from Canada, the other from France, while creative teams from both countries will collaborate on the content. The agreement was announced during an ARTE press luncheon at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France. Each partner will invest a minimum of €50,000 in each project, with more funds potentially available via various multiplatform funding initiatives in both countries.
Both partners have made significant strides in the realm of web documentary, with ARTE France’s Prison Valley project (prisonvalley.arte.tv), produced with Upian, generating much buzz and the NFB consistently innovating in the online doc space, via streaming docs online at nfb.ca, and through its recently launched interactive portal, http://interactive.nfb.ca. Robert McLaughlin, director of digital content and strategy for the NFB, told realscreen that user engagement will be a key focus of the initiative: ‘We like to say that when a project finds itself in front of an audience, that’s only the beginning.’ The projects are in development, with first fruits of the agreement expected to debut in March of 2011.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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