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In collaboration with INIS, Réalisatrices Équitables and FCTMN. NFB LAUNCHES LES FEMMES DE MÉTIERS ON APRIL 16 . Discussion series aims to inspire more women to pursue careers in the film industry.


April 4, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada

The NFB’s French Program Documentary Studio, in collaboration with Quebec’s Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS), Réalisatrices Équitables, and Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques (FCTMN), is launching Les femmes de métiers, a series of four conversations offering an invaluable and up-close look at the experiences of women artists in the film industry. This brand-new series kicks off on Monday, April 16, with an inspiring, participatory session that brings together three cinematographers with eclectic careers, and from different generationsNathalie Moliavko-Visotzky, Geneviève Perron and Sarah Salem. The moderator for the series will be NFB Documentary Studio producer Nathalie Cloutier (The Amina ProfileGulîstan, Land of Roses). Film sound, music and editing will be the subject of subsequent conversations in 2018. All of the sessions will be held at the INIS. Members of the public will have the chance to engage in lively discussions with these artists on how women can get their careers off the ground and make their mark in the film industry, in the hopes of encouraging more women to embark on similar paths to success. Les femmes de métiers is just one of the initiatives the NFB is launching to help achieve its gender parity objectives, which include parity in key creative positions other than directing.

Les femmes de métiers: Cinematography
Guests: Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky, Geneviève Perron and Sarah Salem
Moderated by: Nathalie Cloutier
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Studio Séries+
301 Boul. De Maisonneuve East
Free and open to all (the session will be in French)


  • Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky is a pioneering Quebec cinematographer with 30 years of experience working with major fiction filmmakers, including Denys Arcand, Jean-Claude Lauzon, Marc-André Forcier, François Girard, Louis Bélanger and Nathalie Saint-Pierre, whose film Catimini won an award at the 2012 Angoulême Film Festival. She has also collaborated with foreign directors such as David Mamet, Robert Altman and Claude Miller. In the documentary genre, she has been director of photography for films on art and about the lives of world-renowned artists, including choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault, painters Alfred Pellan and Jean-Paul Riopelle, and architect Phyllis Lambert. Frameworks, directed by Helen Doyle, won a prize at the International Festival of Films on Art, and earned Moliavko-Visotzky the Gémeaux award for Best Documentary Cinematography in 2014. She has also worked in television (Toute la véritéNos étés).
  • Geneviève Perron was one of the first two women from Quebec to be admitted to the prestigious Canadian Society of Cinematographers in 2016. Since graduating from UQAM with a degree in Cinema, she has shot more than 50 short films and features, including Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme, L’ange gardien, Gurov and Anna and Fathers and Guns 2. Many have won local and international awards (Camion, Where I Am, The Astronaut). Her documentary work, informed by a passion for exploring new environments, includes the films J’m’en va r’viendre, L’autisme au gré du vent, Fermières as well as the series Qui êtes-vous?Tabous et interdits and Le théâtre des opérations, for which she won a Gémeaux award for Best Documentary Cinematography. Dedicated to passing on her knowledge and experience to the next generation, she teaches cinematography at UQAM and at the INIS.
  • Sarah Salem studies at the École des médias at UQAM with a specialization in cinematography, with Geneviève Perron as a teacher, among others. She has been director of photography on documentary and fiction shorts by filmmakers working in a variety of styles, such as Giovanni Princigalli (La nuova ondata – Caffè Italia), Audrey Nantel (Shirley Temple), Camille Salvetti (An Ant Life) and Juliette Granger (Pauline et Jean). She has also had the opportunity to do internships on professional film and TV shoots in Quebec (Chien de gardeLa disparition des luciolesLes Simone) alongside well-known cinematographers.

Moderator: Nathalie Cloutier

Nathalie Cloutier took part in the 1998–1999 season of La Course destination monde, a round-the-world race for aspiring documentary filmmakers, which led her to choose a career in cinema. She joined the NFB in 2003, working in various production roles before becoming a producer with the French Program’s Documentary Studio in 2010. She has worked with talented, creative filmmakers, both men and women, on interactive experiences as well as feature-length documentaries. Cloutier favours flexible creative processes that result in daring initiatives, and a diversity of author’s voices. Several nationally and internationally acclaimed productions and co-productions testify to the success of her approach: The Amina Profile by Sophie Deraspe (which premiered at Sundance), Gulîstan, Land of Roses by Zaynê Akyol (winner of the Doc Alliance award at the Locarno festival) and Freelancer on the Front Lines by Santiago Bertolino (chosen as the closing film of the 2016 Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal), among others.



Associated Links

Institut national de l’image et du son
Réalisatrices Équitables
Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques

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