NFB awarded Gold Parity Certification for 2018 by Women in Governance

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September 13, 2018 – Montreal National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

On September 11, 2018, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) received Gold Parity Certification from Women in Governance at its Annual Recognition Gala, held in Montreal. The NFB is the first public cultural institution to earn this distinction from this Canadian non-profit organization, and is among 31 organizations across the country awarded certification this year.

This recognition underscores the NFB’s commitment to its gender-parity initiative, which was launched in 2016 and has delivered outstanding results so far, most notably in 2017–2018. The results for completed NFB projects (final statistics as at March 31, 2018) are as follows:

  • 42% of works were directed by women (44% by men and 14% by mixed teams);
  • 46% of production spending was allocated to works directed by women (38% to works directed by men and 16% to works directed by mixed teams);
  • 60% of the awards received have been for works directed by women filmmakers or creators;
  • The percentage of women screenwriters was 43%; women editors, 37%; women cinematographers, 10%; and women music composers, 7%.

Women in Governance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in all spheres of society, specifically working to support measures to increase women’s access to Board seats.

About the NFB

The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 20 Canadian Screen Awards, 18 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit or download its apps for mobile devices.


Associated Links

Women in Governance
NFB’s commitment to its gender-parity initiative
The NFB and Gender Parity Statistics

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