The National Film Board of Canada is currently hammering out a master partnership agreement with the U.K.’s Film Council and the BBC for the coproduction of documentary films, says NFB spokesperson Laurie Jones. Since negotiations are ongoing, details have not yet been finalized. However, Jones notes the agreement will focus on feature-length docs.
The initiative is being spearheaded by Tom Perlmutter, director-general of the NFB’s English Program, but will also involve the organization’s International Co-production Unit.
The NFB already has what is expected to be similar agreements with ARTE France and Lark International (a consortium of four PBS stations). Those deals, announced in April 2002, were designed to increase the NFB’s volume of international coproduction, and include docs, animation and drama. Last fall, the NFB also signed an agreement with public broadcaster France 2 for the coproduction of two 90-minute feature docs.