National Film Board of Canada (NFB) executive producer and creative technologist Loc Dao and NFB web documentary Welcome to Pine Point were honoured at the 2011 Digi Awards ceremony in Toronto.
Dao was named Canada’s top digital producer for 2011, while the NFB’s acclaimed interactive doc Welcome to Pine Point was named Best Web Series: Documentary.
Formerly the Canadian New Media Awards, the Digi Awards recognize Canadian companies that have demonstrated constant dedication and success in enhancing and enriching the field of digital media in Canada and abroad. The NFB has now won five CNMA/Digi awards for its interactive productions and its online Screening Room.
The Digi Awards are the second interactive honour this month for the NFB, which won two Grand Prix on Dec. 1 at the Boomerang awards, a celebration of the best in Quebec interactive media.
As executive producer and creative technologist for the NFB’s English-language interactive productions, Dao leads a team of interactive creators and producers from across Canada. Their work has received dozens of international and national honours, including two 2011 Webby Awards for Welcome to Pine Point and a 2010 Webby for Waterlife, as well as a 2010 Canadian New Media Award for The Test Tube with David Suzuki.
Welcome to Pine Point is a 2011 interactive web documentary by Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge (a.k.a. The Goggles) that explores the memories of residents from the former mining community of Pine Point, Northwest Territories. Along with its critical acclaim, it’s one of the NFB’s most popular interactive docs, with over 160,000 views since its launch in February 2011.
The NFB operates two digital studios, working with Canadian interactive creators in both of Canada’s official languages. The NFB’s English-language unit, headed by Dao, is based in Vancouver. Its award-winning French-language digital studio is led by Hugues Sweeney, working with a team in Montreal.
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That was cool.