Three years after committing to gender parity by 2020, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has announced that it has achieved its gender parity goals, once again, for the number of productions directed by women and for production budgets allocated to women.
The 2018 results — which are preliminary, as the fiscal year ends later this month — reveal that 48% of NFB works were directed by women, with 38% directed by men and 14% by mixed teams. In addition, 44% of the NFB’s production budget was allocated to works created by women, with 41% for works by men and 15% for works by mixed teams.
In 2016, the NFB formally committed to ensuring that half of its productions would be directed by women and half of production spending would be allocated to projects directed by women by 2019.
A year later in 2017, the government-funded film organization added new objectives for parity by 2020 in key creative positions, including screenwriting, editing, cinematography and music composition. The NFB will unveil the results of these objectives in June.
“We are proud of this commitment, of our results, and above all of having kickstarted an industry-wide movement that must continue until parity becomes business as usual,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, government film commissioner and chairperson of the NFB, in a statement. “Creating parity also means working toward diversity and inclusion, because women creators come from a variety of backgrounds and places. And indeed, in 2018–2019, 65% of NFB works by Indigenous artists were directed by women, and 58% of NFB works by artists from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds were directed by women.”