Half of The National Film Board (NFB) of Canada production budget will be dedicated to films directed by women in 2016 – 2017. The move means a projected $8-million for female directors at the board.

In an announcement made March 8, International Women’s Day, at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, the NFB committed to “full gender parity.”

“I hope (it) will help to lead the way for the industry as a whole,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson during a panel at the festival, and in a release.

This year’s total production budget was $16-million. They expect a similar budget next year.

The board, headquartered in Saint-Laurent, already spent half of this year’s production budget on films directed by women. In 2016-2017, the numbers are projected to be higher, said Joli-Coeur. “But numbers can fluctuate. There have been good years and lean years for women’s filmmaking at the NFB. No more.”

The move backs NFB’s intention of building it’s leadership role for women in Canadian cinema. Women accounted for 17 per cent of directors, 22 per cent of writers, and 12 per cent of cinematographers in the Canadian film industry in 2013-14, based on a 91 film sample, reported Women in View, a non-profit organisation.

At the NFB, however, numbers reflect a much higher amount of females. Fifty-five per cent of producers and executives at the NFB nationwide are Canadian. In upper management females represent 66 per cent of staff and 70 per cent of NFB trustee positions are held by women.

@BV:The chair of the National Film Board announced that 50% of their production spending will be dedicated to female directors at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival on Tuesday.

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