A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Monique Simard to receive Producer Award from the FCTNM (Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des nouveaux médias)

Press release


Montreal, March 30, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada is pleased to announce that Monique Simard, Director General of its French Program, has been named winner of the Producer Award by the FCTNM (Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des nouveaux medias, a local chapter of Women in Film and Television International). The NFB would also like to extend congratulations to the other winners: André-Line Beauparlant (Excellence Award), Claire Dion (New Media Award), Élise Guilbault (Actress Award), Zénaïde Lussier (Industry Award) and Monique Mercure (Pioneer Award).

Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson Tom Perlmutter emphasized the achievement: “In her own way, each of the six winners brilliantly embodies the singularity of the feminine perspective, so vital to the diversity of viewpoints in the arts, the media and other professional spheres. Monique Simard has worked tirelessly to promote equity for women, and we must acknowledge her significant progress in this area.”

The winners’ names were revealed in a press conference this morning by Louise Portal, honorary president of the special 20th-anniversary edition of the awards. The recipients will be honoured on June 1 at the FCTNM’s annual gala, which brings together decision-makers from all areas of screen-based media production to celebrate the careers and contributions of women working in film, television and new media.

Monique Simard

Monique Simard is a woman of courage—and of action. After joining the NFB as Director General of its French Program in August 2008, she launched the interactive productions unit. Many of the works with which she has been associated, be they interactive, documentary or animated, have met with international success and acclaim. She stands out for her energy, clear-sighted vision and unfailing support for socially relevant film.

From 1998 to 2008, she worked for Productions Virage, a leading Quebec production company specializing mainly in documentaries on social and international issues. In her capacity as vice president and head of development, she produced more than 60 documentaries and television series.

As a producer, Ms. Simard has worked with such veteran filmmakers as Jean-Claude Labrecque ( À hauteur d’homme, Jutra and Gémeaux awards for best documentary in 2004), Marquise Lepage ( Of Hopscotch and Little Girls . . . , Gémeaux for best documentary in 2000), Francine Pelletier, Jean-Philippe Duval, Manon Barbeau, Sophie Bissonnette and Magnus Isacsson. She also has an eye for emerging talent, producing the early works of Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Karina Goma, Arnaud Bouquet and Vali Fugulin. Her work for television includes producing Radio-Canada’s Le Fric Show, hosted by Marc Labrèche.

She has steadfastly represented Quebec’s documentary film community since 1998 and remains active in a number of related organizations. Every year, she also attends numerous national and international festivals and events like Hot Docs in Toronto, MIPDoc, the Banff World Television Festival, IDFA (Amsterdam) and Sunny Side of the Doc (La Rochelle). She is regularly invited to speak on topics related to documentary filmmaking, film and television.

About the NFB

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features almost 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, and now, Canada’s first film app for the Android platform.


FCTNM/WIFT-Montréal is a non-profit organization that supports women in every area of screen-based media production—filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, technicians—at every stage of their careers. The organization is dedicated to helping women working in the field reach the highest level of achievement by proposing concrete means with which to enhance their skills and professional development.

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Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
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