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MICHÈLE BÉLANGER APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCTION, NFB FRENCH PROGRAM
December 3, 2015 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
André Picard, Director General, Creation and Innovation, at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), has announced the appointment of Michèle Bélanger as Executive Director, Programming and Production, French Program. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis since April 2015. In this capacity, she oversees programming and production for French Program documentary, animation and interactive works. She previously served as the French Program’s Assistant Director General from 2014 to 2015.
Ms. Bélanger gained her earliest professional programming experience at several screening venues, including the Cinéclub de la Poudrière, prior to joining the NFB.
She then acquired broad expertise in programming, production, marketing and distribution in a career spanning more than 25 years at the National Film Board.
Ms. Bélanger started out as a presenter and projectionist in various regions of Quebec, programming documentaries and animated films. She also co-founded Vidéaste recherchée(e), an event for emerging video filmmakers, organized documentary screenings in Quebec’s main cities, and helped set up NFB collections in the public library system.
From 2002 to 2007, she was a producer in the Animation Studio (known then as the Animation & Youth Studio), where she produced award-winning websites for kids (Boomerang award) and auteur short films, such as Antagonia (2002) by Nicolas Brault, winner of the 2000 Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, and his two subsequent films, Islet (2003) and Hungu (2008). She also worked with veteran director Co Hoedeman ( Marianne’s Theatre , 2004), Patrick Bouchard ( Dehors novembre, 2005, Jutra award), Catherine Arcand ( Nightmare at School, 2007) and Michèle Cournoyer ( Robes of War, 2008, Jutra award).
After serving as the Animation Studio’s interim Executive Producer in 2005 and 2006, Ms. Bélanger was appointed as the French Program’s Programming Adviser in 2007 and then as the Francophonie Project Manager in 2010. In this position, which she held until 2014, she worked on strengthening ties and developing initiatives with the principal networks of the Canadian Francophonie (seniors, youth, women).
André Picard was appointed Director General, Creation and Innovation, in July 2015, a new division straddling both the English and French Programs, created to ensure that the NFB continues to set the standard both nationally and internationally through creative leadership and innovation. On the English side, the appointment of Michelle Van Beusekom as Executive Director, Programming and Production, was confirmed in March 2015, after she had served in the position on an interim basis since 2014.
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