About the NFB


2020: A women’s odyssey

At the NFB, we’ve given ourselves three years to achieve—and then sustain—full gender parity with regard to the number of films directed by women (and the resources allocated to their projects) and to key creative positions for women in the development of animated, documentary and interactive works.


Because sometimes a better future starts with a better reflection of reality.

The desire to make films isn’t limited to a gender. It’s not confined to a culture. We all have stories to tell and points of view from which only we can tell them.

At the NFB, we’re committed to carving out a fully inclusive and welcoming space where women of all backgrounds can write, direct, shoot, edit and score films—be they features, docs or animated works.

The NFB is also producing innovative immersive and interactive storytelling, and there is lots of room for women to thrive in the creative roles—as directors, art designers and creative technologists—that such projects demand. This new art form is evolving every day. So too, should the roster of talent creating it.

This isn’t intended to be a pioneering endeavor or a lofty philosophical wish. It’s a desire to catch up with reality. Plain and simple. And a hope that the industry at large will follow suit.

We’re proud of the women who have made the NFB what it is today.

From Evelyn Lambart to Torill Kove, from Sarah Polley to Alanis Obomsawin and from Manon Barbeau to Anne-Claire Poirier, there is a history of women filmmakers who have produced important and award-winning work, much of which, from 1974 until the mid-1990s, was done under the umbrella of Studio D, the world’s first publicly funded production unit dedicated to making films by and for women.

Though Studio D was disbanded in 1996, it has left an important legacy: a commitment to women’s filmmaking and cultural diversity that is now deeply anchored in every studio.

Our goal now is to turn that commitment into more concrete and equitable action.

We look forward to meeting the women who will shape the NFB of tomorrow.

In 2017, there’s no need for gender parity to be a pipe dream. We see it instead as an important and attainable goal. Now is our chance to encourage women who want to work on film projects in a creative capacity to step up and do it.

To that end, we’ve created a Talent Bank where women can submit their portfolios, demos and CVs. We’re also working with other film and women’s associations to better understand the industry and discuss training and mentoring initiatives for the next generation.

We are tracking our results.
Feel free to do the same.

At the NFB we believe in transparency. We are committed to publishing year-by-year results. So far, we’re on track to meet our 2016–2017 objectives for the number of productions directed by women and the budgets allocated to them. But there is still more work to be done in areas like screenwriting, editing, cinematography and music, both within the NFB and in the industry at large. See how close we are to our gender parity goals by taking a look at this comparative summary of occupations and productions and budgets.

The numbers tell a story.
But the films are the stories.

We’re looking forward to a number of upcoming releases of films spearheaded by women. In the meantime, to view a selection of recent works by some of Canada’s greatest women filmmakers, click here.