Coty Savard, Cree/Métis from Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton), has been appointed producer at the NFB’s (National Film Board) North West Studio located on Jasper Ave in Edmonton.
David Christensen, executive producer of the NFB’s North West Studio, made the announcement on April 24 in a media statement.
Savard has produced and directed work for CBC Short Docs and CBC Arts, worked as associate producer with Mosaic Entertainment, and has been associate producer at the North West Studio since 2018.
Her most recent credit is the NFB production Lake, a short film by filmmaker and artist Alexandra Lazarowich, a Cree producer, director and Sundance Short Film Special Jury Prize winner for the film Fast Horse.
Other credits on Savard’s resume include Peace River Rising and The Things We Taught Our Daughters, which received the Spirit of FAVA Award in 2016 from the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta.
She has been a key contributor to the Amiskwaciy History Series, a grassroots video initiative that aims to enhance awareness of Alberta’s Indigenous history.
“Our studio has benefited enormously from Coty’s invaluable experience and insight,” said Christensen, “and we’re very fortunate to have her join our team and the NFB English Program as a full-time permanent producer.”
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects.