Claude Joli-Coeur Renewed as Government Film Commissioner/NFB Chairperson
By Pat Mullen
Claude Joli-Coeur is getting another term as the Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced the renewal of the appointment today, Joli-Coeur receives another three years in the position.
Under Joli-Coeur’s leadership, the NFB has become a model for the Canadian industry in achieving gender parity and advancing representation for Indigenous creators and diverse artists. Canadian Heritage’s announcement of the renewal also cited the NFB’s ongoing innovation with new technology and using emerging methods in film production and distribution to reach remote communities.
“I am delighted with Claude Joli-Cœur’s new mandate as Commissioner of the National Film Board,” said Minister Rodriguez in a statement from Canadian Heritage. “Through his priorities of inclusion, innovation and public engagement, Mr. Joli-Cœur has made the NFB the centre for social impact in film. In the next three years, he will be able to oversee the relocation of the NFB headquarters, so that the organization is well placed to embark on its next growth phase.”
The NFB recently announced that it was making significant progress on the commitments of its Indigenous Action Plan. The improvements for Indigenous content and representation at the NFB have been a major success for the Board during Joli-Coeur’s tenure.’‘
Update: As reported by The Globe & Mail, a group of over 250 filmmakers known as NFB/ONF Creation has protested the reappointment.