Executive Producer

National Film Board


David Christensen is an Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada where he oversees a slate of documentary, interactive, and animation productions made nationally and internationally.  David manages the North West Centre, one of the NFB's six English language studios located across Canada.

Recent studio production highlights include “If I Was God”, recently Oscar shortlisted for Best Animation Short, the NFB co-produced feature documentary "Hadwin's Judgement", directed by Sasha Snow andwhich premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, the feature film "The Forbidden Room" directed by Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson and screened at the 2015 Berlin, Sundance, Toronto and NY Film Festivals, the acclaimed feature documentary "Everything Will Be" directed by Julia Kwan, the co-production about Indian Residential Schools "We Were Children", the NFB production "Vanishing Point",  "Wiebo's War", the Oscar-nominated animated short film "Wild Life", the FWA Site of the Year "Bear 71", as well as emerging filmmaking and digital programmes for Nunavut filmmakers. In total, David’s studio has about 25-30 projects in development and production at any one time.

Prior to joining the NFB, David worked as an independent writer, producer and director. His most recent independent film was the 2009 documentary "The Mirror", which had its international premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, the US premiere as the opening film at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, and its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto. Other films of David’s include the genie- nominated feature drama “Six Figures”, the NFB feature documentary “War Hospital” about an IRCR hospital in southern Sudan, and the feature documentary about the Bhopal gas disaster, “The Heart Becomes Quiet”, among other documentaries. 


David also acted as an independent producer on “A Few Good Men & Women” a documentary series following potential police candidates during recruit training, as well as the feature films “Solitude” and “The Girl Who Married a Ghost”.