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Winnipeg Animator Premiering Short at Freeze Frame

February 28, 2011 7:35 AM | Entertainment

Anita Lebeau's NFB short "Big Drive" premieres at the upcoming Freeze Frame International Film Festival. (HANDOUT / NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA)

Winnipeg animator Anita Lebeau will have her work showcased during the Freeze Frame International Film Festival with the world premiere of her National Film Board of Canada short “Big Drive.”

The film will be screened as part of a school program of short films on March 7 at 11:30 a.m., March 9 at 1:45 p.m. and March 10 at 10 a.m. Screenings will take place in the Globe Theatre, followed by a Q&A session.

Four other NFB animated shorts will join “Big Drive” at Freeze Fame, which runs March 3 to 12.

The NFB will also present the National Film Board Youth Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at the festival.

What is “Big Drive” about?

The story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s, Big Drive is an exuberant exploration of childhood imagination, inviting audiences of all ages to see the world as it appears “from the back seat.” In an era before in-car movies and video games, four restless sisters combine their lively imaginations and transform the drive into a whimsical adventure. This short animated film about sisterhood and the impulse to create showcases Lebeau’s signature blend of classical hand-drawn animation and photo-realistic images. The inspiration for the film came mostly from Lebeau’s childhood experiences, growing up on the Canadian prairies with three highly imaginative sisters.