Runtime: 5 min
National Film Board of Canada
This bouncy, light-hearted, imaginative animated film is based on “The Blackfly Song,” written in 1949 by Canadian folk singer Wade Hemsworth (whose “Log Driver’s Waltz” was interpreted as an animated film by the NFB in 1979). The song was inspired by Hemsworth’s own experiences as a surveyor confronting swarms of blackflies in Northern Ontario. Director Christopher Hinton’s characteristically frantic style conveys the frenzied activity of the flies – they are shown can-can dancing, swimming with scuba gear and drinking blood from martini glasses while sprawled out on deck chairs on a poor sod’s scalp – and the agitation they inspire. Blackfly won numerous international prizes and earned Academy Award® and Genie nominations for Best Animated Short.