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NFB and Screen Australia each unveil new gender initiatives

The National Film Board and Screen Australia have each unveiled initiatives to support women in filmmaking. The National Film Board is aiming to achieve gender parity in key creative positions for ...
March 7, 2017

The National Film Board and Screen Australia have each unveiled initiatives to support women in filmmaking.

The National Film Board is aiming to achieve gender parity in key creative positions for animated, documentary and interactive works in production as of 2020, says government film commissioner and NFB chairperson Claude Joli-Coeur.

The initiative targets editing, cinematography, screenwriting and music composition and includes key creative positions related to animation and immersive/interactive storytelling, as well as positions such as art director, art designer and creative technologist.

“We urgently need to take action today if we want to make a difference tomorrow. It is high time for women in the film industry to have the invaluable place they deserve. Parity must become a reality for filmmakers as well as for women working in key creative positions. Our commitment to parity includes a commitment to cultural diversity: we are committed to ensuring an inclusive place for all women,” said Coli-Coeur, in a statement.

The NFB will work closely with Women in Film and Television Vancouver, Women in View, Réalisatrices Équitables and Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques, as well as with professional associations, guilds and training institutes to better understand the system in which the board operates and discuss potential initiatives, in training or mentoring.

The NFB plans to set up a “talent bank” where women professionals can submit their portfolios, demos and CVs.

This announcement follows one made by the NFB last year that by 2019, 50% of its productions would be directed by women and 50 percent of all production spending will be allocated to films directed by women. 

Elsewhere, Screen Australia’s CEO Graeme Mason unveiled Doc0180 — a new opportunity for emerging female documentary filmmakers.

In partnership with News Digital Networks Australia’s (News DNA) forthcoming new female content platform, the With Her in Mind Network, six female directors will each be funded to make a three-minute documentary, designed to make the viewer “do a 180″ on a topic important to Australian women.

The selected filmmakers will each receive funding to make their Doco180 project and have three months to deliver the finished work. The documentary makers retain copyright of their work and after the whimn.com.au exclusivity period, are free to use their Doco180 project as they wish. Screen Australia will appoint an investment development manager to support each successful applicant.

The docs will be available to view for free on whimn.com.au in late 2017.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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