This week, I’ve come to the end of my term as Commissioner of the NFB, an organization that may be small but no less extraordinary for that.
Over the last eight years, we’ve accomplished a great many things.
There have been highs and lows, obstacles and successes, and, above all, the drive to go farther, to provide opportunities to hear the voices of creators from all generations and all backgrounds telling stories-our stories-so that, at the end of the day, our society becomes more open to change and moves towards values that are more just, more equitable and more inclusive.
With the support of our expert staff and the talents of hundreds of artists and craftspeople, we have produced and distributed nearly 900 film and digital projects, which have won more than 1,200 awards in Canada and internationally. I salute the filmmakers and all the craftspeople who, over these years, have created influential and vital works so important to our changing and uncertain world.
NEW HEAD OFFICE: A CREATIVE HUB
Another notable fact: our move to downtown Montreal.
In 2019, after more than 60 years on Côte-de-Liesse Road, we left our former premises and moved to the heart of the cultural district in Quebec’s largest city. Our new headquarters also houses the technological facilities for our productions and our distribution platforms, while welcoming and bringing together teams from across the country, forming a unique creative hub. With the opening of the NFB Public Space, we are also giving the public a new window onto our works.