About GEMS Vancouver

Gender Equity in Media Society Vancouver (GEMS) is a member-based organization committed to furthering 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.

Our Mission


Advocating and organizing for equity in funding, employment, and promotional opportunities for all women and gender diverse people in the film and TV industry

Film Festival

Producing the annual Gender Equity in Media Festival (GEMFest) that champions women and gender diverse creators

Professional Development

Providing low-barrier, accessible programming, including mentorship and educational events to increase women and gender diverse participation in screen based media

Join our thriving community of emerging filmmakers and industry professionals!

Our Code of Conduct

GEMS Vancouver is a place to share knowledge and stories, and to build community and professional networks. We’re committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment in which everyone can participate.

The People Behind GEMS Vancouver

The GEMS team is made up of a small but dedicated group of staff, board members, and volunteers who share a passion for gender equity in film and television.

GEMS Vancouver is a proud member of the WIFT Canada Coalition, a group of autonomous WIFT chapters across Canada. The coalition includes WIFT Atlantic, Allia Quebec, WIFT Toronto, WIFT Alberta, GEMS Vancouver and Women in View.

GEMS Vancouver is a proud member of Women in Film & Television International, a global network of over 80 chapters, all working for the same goal: gender balance in the industry.