Bravo!FACT-Funded Short Film I Met The Walrus Wins Daytime Emmy®

It’s an international success story. On Saturday, CTV’s Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) funded short film I MET THE WALRUS won a Daytime Emmy Award® (New Approaches – Daytime Entertainment) and tonight, ETALK has the exclusive back-stage television interview with producer Jerry Levitan.

“Look, look at this thing – it’s pretty wild eh?” Levitan said of his Daytime Emmy Award. Levitan spoke with ETALK at an exclusive backstage gift lounge on Sunday.  “I didn’t really believe that I was going to get it. When they called my name I was just stunned.”

This is not the first time that I MET THE WALRUS has received international attention; in 2008 it was an Oscar® contender for Best Animated Short Film. The Canadian accolades have also been rolling in for this short film. I Met The Walrus premiered at TIFF in 2007 where it was one of the Top Ten Canadian Short Films; it also won two Banff World Television Awards (Animation Programs and Grand Prize for Best Kids and Animation) in June 2009.

“This Emmy win proves that anyone with an idea and passion can have their voice heard; you don’t need a multi-million dollar production,” said Josh Raskin, director, I Met The Walrus.

Awarded a $20,000 Bravo!FACT grant, I MET THE WALRUS had its world television premiere on CTV immediately following the Oscars broadcast and attracted an outstanding 1.5 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched original Canadian productions on television last year.

In May 1969, Levitan was a 14-year-old Beatles fan who invited himself into Lennon’s hotel room and convinced him to do an interview. Forty years later, he parlayed this experience into a short film and then a book. Levitan took the audio from that interview and teamed up with Toronto director/animator Josh Raskin. The result is I Met the Walrus, an intricate, animated visual narrative that accompanies John Lennon’s timeless message, featuring the pen sketches of James Braithwaite and the digital illustrations of Alex Kurina.

I Met The Walrus can be viewed online at www.bravofact.com.

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