Magazine article Screen International

NFB in Diversity Pledge

Magazine article Screen International

NFB in Diversity Pledge

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NFB head Claude Joli-Coeur announced the development at a Vancouver International Women in Film Festival panel on International Women's Day on Wednesday.

This NFB commitment will be rolled out over the next three years, during which the public will be able to keep track of its progress through updates on the NFB's website.

"The NFB has always taken a leadership role in women's filmmaking," said Claude Joli-Coeur (pictured), government film commissioner and NFB chairperson.

"In our current fiscal year, films directed by women represent half of our total spending on production. In 2016?2017, the numbers are projected to be well above that. But numbers can fluctuate. There have been good years and lean years for women's filmmaking at the NFB. No more.

"Today, I'm making a firm, ongoing commitment to full gender parity, which I hope will help to lead the way for the industry as a whole."

In the current 2015?2016 fiscal year, production spending on films directed by women at the NFB is roughly at parity, with 43.4% of production spending on films directed by women and 43.5% of spending on films directed by men, 11.3% of spending on films directed by a mixed team, and 1.8% of spending not yet allocated.

In the previous year production spending on films directed by women was at 41. …

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