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    National Film Board of Canada releases make up three of the five nominees in the Best Animated Film category of the Jutra Awards, the annual prizes for Quebec films.

    The three are Bydlo (Patrick Bouchard), Here and the Great Elsewhere (Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici; Michèle Lemieux) and Kaspar (Diane Obomsawin).

    Bydlo has been selected for the International Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival last June. Bouchard walked away with two awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival, and he seems headed for yet another win with a Canadian Screen Award nomination in the Best Animated Short category. He has already won two Jutra awards for his animated short films The Brainwashers and Dehors novembre.

    Here and the Great Elsewheree will screen at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and was shown at the opening of the 30th Rendez-vous du Cinéma québécois, where it had its world premiere. Lemieux, winner of the Bronze Pegasus at the most recent Animator Festival in Poznan, Poland, made the film on the Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen, the only one of its kind in the world that is still in use.

    Obomsawin's animated film is an impressionistic fable that tells the story of Kaspar Hauser, the famous 19th-century orphan whose plight has inspired many artists. The short film premiered at the 30th International Festival of Films on Art and also screened at the 2012 Sommets du cinéma d'animation de Montréal.

    Rounding out the list are Joda, produced by Theodore Ushev of L'Unite Centrale, and Triptyque 2, self-produced by Pierre Hebert.

    Nominations for the Prix Jutra were announced Thursday in Montreal.

    Leading the Jutra Awards race with 10 nominations is Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways, about the strain on long-time lovers when the title character wants a sex change. It's up for best films. As well, lead actress Suzanne Clément is nominated for her performance, and Dolan is competing for best director and best screenplay.

    War Witch (Rebelle), Kim Nguyen's film about a child stolen from her village to fight in an unnamed African conflict, has nine nominations, including best picture. Young actress Rachel Mwanza, whom Nguyen found in the streets of Kinshasa to play the lead, is up for best actress, and teen Serge Kanyinda has been nominated for best supporting actor. Nyuyen himself is nominated for best director and best screenplay.

    Winners of the 15th Jutra Awards will be presented at a March 17 gala in Montreal. The ceremony will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. on Radio-Canada television and on the Web.

    [Via Canadian Broadcasting Corporation -- www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/01/31/jutra-award-nominees.html]

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