Gender Equity in Media Society Vancouver (GEMS) is a member-based organization committed to creating gender equity in film and television. Previously named Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), GEMS incorporated in 1989 as a not-for-profit society registered in British Columbia. By addressing systemic barriers, GEMS works towards supporting more inclusive, representative media. We approach our mission by:
Advocating and organizing for equity in funding, employment, and promotional opportunities for all women and gender diverse people in the film and TV industry.
Providing low-barrier, accessible programming, including mentorship and educational events to increase women and gender diverse participation in screen-based media.
Producing the annual Gender Equity in Media Film Festival that champions women and gender diverse creators.
A five-day celebration featuring in-person screenings, receptions, filmmaker panels, and more at VIFF Centre.
Join our community! Everybody is welcome to become a member of GEMS, regardless of gender. We look forward to meeting you!