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Canada documentaries besieged by cuts

by Sean Davidson.

Making documentaries in Canada is becoming “almost impossible” following government cuts to the CBC, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Telefilm Canada, according to the country’s largest group of non-fiction producers.

Reflecting on the across-the-board 10% cuts to the three groups, Lisa Fitzgibbons, head of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), said the “already dismal landscape” of doc financing is turning even darker.

“It’s challenging any prior knowledge we had about how to make documentaries for broadcasters,” she told C21.

Documentary is among the genres hit hardest by the sweeping cuts. Telefilm Canada has been forced to halve its support of a programme that backs theatrical docs, while CBC has ended a key internal fund that led to high-profile historical projects including the acclaimed Canada: A People’s History and the more recent Love, Hate and Propaganda.

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