Blackfly (film)

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Directed by Christopher Hinton
Produced by William Pettigrew
Music by Wade Hemsworth
Cinematography Raymond Dumas
Pierre Landry
Lynda Pelley
Edited by Christopher Hinton
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
1991 (Canada)
Running time
5 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Blackfly is a 1991 Canadian animated short from Christopher Hinton, produced by the National Film Board of Canada and based on "The Black Fly Song" by Wade Hemsworth. It was nominated for an Academy Award and Genie Award for Best Animated Short. [1] The song is performed in the film by Hemsworth with back-up vocals from Kate & Anna McGarrigle.[2]


Wade Hemsworth’s popular song, written in 1949 while he was working in Northern Ontario, is used as the source material for this delightful cartoon from the NFB. A young man goes to work for a survey crew in what is now Little Abitibi Provincial Park and encounters blackflies everywhere he goes. Over and over again, he encounters those pesky little bloodsuckers. He even goes to the moon, only to be swarmed there as well. His only recourse is to leave the North, vowing never to return. [3]


  1. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 7, 1992). "Montreal Animators Awaiting Night with Oscar". The Gazette. 
  2. ^ "Blackfly". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television’s Award-Winning and Legendary Animators. New York: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. p. 141. ISBN 978 1 55783 671 7. 

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