The National Film Board Monday announced a 1993-94 lineup that includes its first presale to the A&E Network and a co-production with Japan’s NHK, as well as an expanded presence for female producers and directors.
Approximately half of this year’s 40 French-language and 50 English-language titles are produced or directed by women, a marked increase from last year, according to NFB chair Joan Pennefather.
Among the international highlights are docu “Allies in Buchenwald,” produced in association with A&E, pubcaster CBC, the U.K.’s Channel Four and the Australian Broadcasting Corp.; docu/animation project “Tibetan Book of the Dead” (working title), produced with NHK; and the acquisition by Channel Four of five NFB productions, including docu “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media,” miniseries “The Boys of St. Vincent” and docu “The Valour and the Horror.”
In addition, three NFB Oscar-winners have undertaken new projects.
John Weldon (“Special Delivery,” 1979 Oscar) will write/direct the animated short “Dragon Bones”; Terre Nash (“If You Love This Planet,” 1982 Oscar) is directing/editing the docu “As the World Counts,” profiling New Zealand economist Marilyn Waring; and Beverly Shaffer (“I’ll Find a Way,” 1979 Oscar) will produce/direct “Building Bridges,” a docu featuring six children in Jerusalem.
The NFB’s role is to interpret Canada to Canadians and people in other nations.
Pennefather noted that NFB productions have enjoyed increased worldwide recognition. Last year, dox, animated films and dramas with NFB involvement garnered 102 awards — more than double the number received the previous year.