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Four Years in, NFB Keeps Meeting Gender-Parity Goals

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Four Years in, NFB Keeps Meeting Gender-Parity Goals

On the eve of International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has announced that it continues to meet its gender-parity goals, both for the number of productions directed by women and for production budgets allocated to women — four years after making its initial commitment.

It also surpassed its goals for gender parity in two of four key creative functions, screenwriting (61%) and editing (55%), with net progress in cinematography and music composition. The NFB expanded its gender-parity commitment to these areas in 2017.

“I want to pay tribute to all the creative women from every background who bring their talent and vision to the NFB. The progress we’ve made to date is due to these women as well as to the dedication of our entire NFB team, at all levels, especially at our production studios,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB. “Knowing that there is still work to do, these latest results show what hard work and determination can achieve.”

2019–2020 results*:

For works directed by women:

  • 46% of NFB works were directed by women (40% by men and 14% by mixed teams)
  • 44% of the NFB production budget was allocated to works created by women (42% for works by men and 14% for works by mixed teams)

For women in key creative positions:

  • 61% of NFB works were written by women (35% by men and 4% by mixed teams)
  • 55% of NFB works were edited by women (41% by men and 4% by mixed teams)
  • 22% of NFB works have cinematography by women (72% by men and 6% by mixed teams)
  • 19% of NFB works have music scores composed by women (73% by men and 5% by mixed teams)

*Preliminary data as of March 1, 2020, for works in all phases of production during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.

Percentages at the the first phases of the gender-parity initiative:

  • Ongoing Projects lead by women: 45% / 7% mixed (2015-2016)
  • Expenditures on projects lead by women: 44% / 14% mixed (2015-2016)
  • Screenwriting: 27% women / 21% mixed (2016-2017)
  • Editing: 24% women / 2% mixed (2016-2017)
  • Cinematography: 12% women / 5% mixed (2016-2017)
  • Music: 13% women / 2% mixed (2016-2017)


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