Canadian Producers Plan to Finance More Diverse Films

With buzzy titles like ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘Loving’ dealing with issues of race at TIFF, Canadian filmmakers unveiled plans to promote better representation by 2020.

Hollywood’s diversity debate has spread to Canada.

In time for the start of the Toronto Film Festival, Canadian indie filmmakers on Thursday revealed they have their own diversity problem on local cinema screens.

“When Canadian films are at their best, they reflect the rich experience and perspectives of the people who make up our diverse nation,” Reynolds Mastin, president and CEO of the Canadian Media Producers Association, representing indie producers, said in a statement.

After falling short of that goal, the indie producers and Telefilm Canada, Canada’s main film financier, announced they have formed a joint working group to secure a more “representative and diversified” feature film portfolio with the goal to better reflect gender and diversity by 2020.