Published Mar 09, 2016Though it may feel like humanity is progressing in some ways, it's still a terrible time for women working in the film industry. Yesterday (March 8), to celebrate International Women's Day, the National Film Board of Canada announced that it was doing its part to counter gender inequality.
As the CBC reports, the organization announced a gender-parity initiative that will see them allocate half of their production — and half of their budget — towards women directors.
Claude Joli-Couer, a chairperson for the NFB, made the announcement at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival. "The NFB has always taken a leadership role in women's filmmaking," he said. He added that the numbers have always fluctuated, and it'll take approximately three years to reach their 50 percent goal.
"In our current fiscal year, films directed by women represent half of our total spending on production," he added. "In 2016‒2017, the numbers are projected to be well above that."