Voodoo Casts Winning Spell in NFB Contest

Sebastian’s Voodoo, a short film from U.S. animator Joaquin Baldwin, won the National Film Board of Canada’s fifth annual Online Short Film Competition held in conjunction with the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival market.

The film was chosen from a group of 10 finalists, all of which were shown on the NFB’s YouTube channels and drew more than 170,000 views in nine days.

The competition drew nearly 8,000 votes and the winning film, about a voodoo doll that tries to save its friends from being pinned to death, can be seen online until June 21 at www.nfb.ca/cannes or www.youtube.com/nfb.

Baldwin receives as winner of the contest a semi-professional HD MINI-DV camera and a computer with post-production software.

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 Gudi’o (Canada), The Rules of the Game by Tom Daley (U.S.) and Walter Ate a Peanut by Robin Willis (U.S).