2020: A women’s odyssey
At the NFB, we’ve given ourselves until 2019 to achieve—and sustain—full gender parity in the number of films directed by women (and the resources allocated to their projects) and until 2020 to achieve parity in key creative positions for animated, documentary and interactive works.
Because sometimes a better future starts with a better reflection of reality.
The desire to make films isn’t limited to a gender. It’s not confined to a culture. We all have stories to tell and points of view from which only we can tell them.
At the NFB, we’re committed to carving out a fully inclusive and welcoming space where women of all backgrounds can write, direct, shoot, edit and score films—be they short or feature-length, docs or animated works.
The NFB is also producing innovative immersive and interactive storytelling, and there is lots of room for women to thrive in the creative roles—as directors, art designers and creative technologists—that such projects demand. This new art form is evolving every day. So too, should the roster of talent creating it.
This isn’t intended to be a pioneering endeavor or a lofty philosophical wish. It’s a desire to catch up with reality. Plain and simple. And a hope that the industry at large will follow suit.
We’re proud of the women who have made the NFB what it is today.
From Evelyn Lambart to Torill Kove, from Sarah Polley to Alanis Obomsawin and from Manon Barbeau to Anne-Claire Poirier, there is a history of women filmmakers who have produced important and award-winning work, much of which, from 1974 until the mid-1990s, was done under the umbrella of Studio D, the world’s first publicly funded production unit dedicated to making films by and for women.
Though Studio D was disbanded in 1996, it has left an important legacy: a commitment to women’s filmmaking and cultural diversity that is now deeply anchored in every studio.
Our goal now is to turn that commitment into more concrete and equitable action.
We look forward to meeting the women who will shape the NFB of tomorrow.
In 2018, there’s no need for gender parity to be a pipe dream. We see it instead as an important and attainable goal. Now is our chance to encourage women who want to work on film projects in a creative capacity to step up and do it.
To that end, we’ve created a Talent Bank where women can submit their portfolios, demos and CVs, putting themselves in a position to be discovered by the NFB’s studios. Organizations with whom the NFB has teamed up to promote female talent will soon be able to access the talent bank as well. We’re also working with these organizations to better understand the industry and discuss training and mentoring initiatives for the next generation.
We are tracking our results.
Feel free to do the same.
At the NFB we believe in transparency. We are committed to publishing year-by-year results. So far, we’re on track to meet the objectives we outlined in 2016 for the number of productions directed by women and the budgets allocated to them. And we’ve all but achieved the objectives we stated in 2017 for the key creative position of screenwriter, while progress has been made for the position of editor. However, work remains to be done in positions related to cinematography and music composition. See how we’ve been doing here.
The numbers tell a story.
But the films are the stories.
We’re looking forward to a number of upcoming releases of films spearheaded by women. In the meantime, to view a selection of recent works by some of Canada’s greatest women filmmakers, click here.