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NFB reports strong results in gender parity. Coming soon: a new self-declaration questionnaire to assess progress on its commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion.


March 8, 2023 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

On International Women’s Day, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is continuing to meet its gender-parity goals, both for the number of productions directed by women and for production budgets allocated to women—seven years after making its initial commitment.

The NFB has announced that 63% of all ongoing projects at the NFB (254) were directed by women or by teams with equal or greater representation of women than men. Notably, 66% of production spending was also allocated to productions led by women.*

The NFB met or surpassed goals for gender parity in two of four key creative functions, screenwriting (67%) and editing (70%), while women’s participation was lower for cinematography (43%) and music composition (20%).

On April 1, 2023, the NFB will also implement a confidential and non-mandatory self-declaration questionnaire, which will be sent to filmmakers and production teams working on NFB projects. The questionnaire will enable the NFB to assess and publicly report on the progress of its commitments while keeping personal information confidential.


*Preliminary data as of February 23, 2023, for works in all phases of production during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.

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    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the foremost creative centres in the world. As a public producer and distributor of Canadian content, a talent incubator and a lever for Canada’s creative sector, the NFB produces nearly one hundred titles every year—from socially engaged documentaries and auteur animation to groundbreaking interactive works and participatory experiences. It was among the first cultural organizations to make clear commitments to gender parity; to launch an action plan with the goal of supporting Indigenous perspectives; and to establish concrete actions and targets that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to serving as a reference point around the world for digitization and preservation practices, the NFB ensures the long-term conservation of its works as part of the audiovisual heritage of all Canadians.