NFB Funding Cuts: And then there was one…

0 Posted by - June 9, 2008 - Blog

Despite statements made to the contrary at the time, the $2.5 million that the Conservative government cut from the National Film Board of Canada's budget in March is resulting in more jobs being lost, including in programming.

The NFB, Canada's sole publicly-funded film agency, has announced it will be eliminating 22 positions, including two of its three remaining staff directors.

Paul Cowan and Beverly Shaffer, two of Canada's most renowned documentary film directors, with a combined 46 NFB films to their names, will now be joining the ranks of Canada's private filmmakers (including other NFB alumni who have seen their jobs disappear during previous rounds of Liberal and Tory backed cuts).

The sole director remaining on staff will be Alanis Obomsawin.

Bredan Kelly has more in a good article from today's Montreal Gazette.

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