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NFB modernization initiative will increase documentary and animation production budgets


Montreal, April 4, 2024 – In the context of a constantly changing and evolving industry, the NFB is undertaking a major modernization initiative that’s expected to lead to a significant increase in funds budgeted for production. Based on current funding levels, this increase translates into approximately $5 million in additional money allocated directly to the production of animated films and documentaries.

By reorganizing its resources and improving its practices and management tools, the NFB has begun a process that will move it into the future while keeping it aligned with the realities of today’s production and work methods.

For the NFB, continuing to innovate in all of its activities remains a critical goal. Directors will continue to develop their projects in a highly creative environment, and teams will meet with filmmakers and new talent across the country. The organization is committed to fulfilling its mission by respecting its commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, in particular with respect to Indigenous and BPOC communities, as well as official-language minorities.

This modernization process will entail the departure of 55 employees and the creation of 23 new positions.

The NFB wishes to acknowledge the work and the dedication of its staff, especially those who have been impacted by this modernization initiative. Over the nearly 85 years of its existence, it is the collective efforts of its employees that have led the NFB to its extraordinary success as a unique production and distribution house.

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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.