NFB HEAD VOWS TO MAKE WOMEN DIRECTORS MUCH MORE POWERFUL

Mar 08, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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At least half of the productions at Canada’s National Film Board will be directed by women – within three years.

And NFB head Claude Joli-Coeur says female directors will have access to 50 percent of the production budget – by 2019.

Speaking in Vancouver at the International Women In Film Festival, Joli-Coeur pledged to bring in complete gender parity – and says he hopes the NFB can “lead the way for the industry as a whole.”

Half of this year’s spending goes to projects with female directors already, but Joli-Coeur says that number can fluctuate from year to year.

The NFB  has a strong stable of female filmmakers; Sarah Polley’s intensely personal feature Stories We Tell is considered the agency’s most popular theatrical documentary of all time.

Torill Kove is an Oscar-winner for her animated short “The Danish Poet,” – and documentarian Mina Shum is also riding high for her latest feature, “Ninth Floor.”

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