10 Films Vie for Votes in NFB Contest

Voting has opened online for the National Film Board of Canada’s 5th annual short film competiton at Cannes.

The contest, organized by the NFB and the Cannes Short Film Corner in association with YouTube, features ten shorts films from around the world selected from more than 1,400 entries.

The finalist films are:

Countdown, by Jordan Canning (Germany),

Legacy, by Teemu Nikki (Finland),

Dr. Mori’s Teleshopping, by Spiros Jacovides (Greece),

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 (Great Britain),

Sebastian’s Voodoo, by Joaquin Baldwin (U.S.)

Walter Ate A Peanut, by Robin Willis (U.S.).

Fans can view the finalists online at www.nfb.ca/cannes or www.youtube.com/nfb and pick their favorites using YouTube’s five-star rating system. Voting closes May 20.

Tom Perlmutter, chairman of the NFB and government film commissioner, will announce the winner at the Happy Hour of the Short Film Corner in Cannes on May 21. The winner will receive a semi-pro HD Mini-DV camera and a computer with post-production software.

This year’s submission attracted more than double the entries from the 2008 contest. Last year’s nine finalists were viewed at least 193,000 times on the NFB Screening Room on YouTube.