International Women’s Day
I will never forget the impact, personal and political, when almost twenty years ago, I encountered an exceptional body of work at the NFB. These were the feminist films produced primarily out of the renowned Studio D and they would become an integral part of my work in the women’s movement. Many of the films were ground breaking in that they provided us with a vision of what a society dedicated to justice could be.
A photo-essay by Carolyne Weldon
by animation producer Julie Roy
The Oscars® recently won by Suzie Templeton (Peter and the Wolf , 2006) and Torill Kove (The Danish Poet, 2006) suggest that women now occupy a privileged place in the world of animation. The Cristals won in Annecy by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis (When the Day Breaks, 1999), Suzie Templeton, Michaela Pavlatova (Tram , 2012) and Regina Pessoa (Tragic Story with a Happy Ending, 2005) give the same impression. Yet did you know that, since 2000, fewer than 20% of short films selected for official competition at the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival have been by women?
By Marc St-Pierre, Collection Curator
At the time of the NFB’s founding in 1939, there were no women on staff. But as the Second World War intensified and founder John Grierson was faced with the prospect of a long conflict and large numbers of male employees leaving for the European front, he brought women into the Board. In a 1968 interview, Grierson stated that women made up “the other half” of the NFB’s creative workforce during the War. While it is certainly true that women were a creative force, they certainly were not half the staff. At most, they made up 20 percent of the production team – and very few played key creative roles…
Nobody’s perfect. Discover Andrea Dorfman’s water-coloured romance about sharing your shortcomings and learning to love yourself.
Story and animation by Andrea Dorfman