The world’s most dynamic digital entertainment & interactive cluster


The Film & Media Centre (FMC) and the Vancouver Film Commission (VFC) work together to deliver on three core mandates: marketing of Vancouver and all its attributes to strengthen its position as a global leader in the industry; to advocate to all levels of government on key issues related to growing the industry; and to attract future investment to the entire spectrum of companies that constitute Vancouver’s Film & TV industry. They do this by building upon the necessary four pillars of investment, promotion, advocacy and talent.

Key objectives will be to develop and implement a strategy to strengthen the Digital Entertainment & Interactive (DE&I) industries to drive digital entertainment finance, cultivate locally-owned intellectual property and accrue local economic benefits including local employment, investment, innovation and raising the profile of Vancouver. This encompasses the industry’s entire supply chain and ecosystem including education, small-business and professional services, VFX, animation, augmented reality, virtual reality and video games.

Film & Media Centre

The Film & Media Centre oversees the growth of Vancouver’s Digital Entertainment & Interactive industries. Vancouver is known as the top VFX and Animation cluster globally, and as a world-class games and mobile entertainment industry.

Leveraging the ongoing convergence of film, visual effects, animation, games and technology requires new monetization models. The FMC therefore facilitates a collegial exploration of a new business playbook by convening Vancouver’s content creators and platform developers in these pioneering industries. The famously collaborative nature of Vancouver’s film & media industries has earned it a growing reputation as the city-wide studio.

Vancouver Film Commission

Vancouver is the third largest Film & TV production centre in North America. Its world-renowned crews, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and stable tax and geopolitical climate collectively ensure Vancouver is a trusted global production centre. The Film Commission is the first point of contact for incoming inquiries related to filming or co-productions in Vancouver.

As part of the Vancouver Film Commission’s long-term plan for growing the innovation and sustainability of the industry, the Film Commissioner works on long-term initiatives to encourage local IP creation by supporting Vancouver’s enthusiastic and tight-knit community of independent filmmakers, and to expedite the greening of sets by working in conjunction with business leaders and vendors in Vancouver’s green economy.

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The Vancouver Film & Media Centre strives to realise the true potential of this key economic sector through advocacy, investment and promotion. It works to position Vancouver as the premier place to attract production, talent and capital and serves as a place for content creators and platform developers across all of it sectors to convene.

Promotion & Marketing

  • World-Class Production Centre
  • Destination for Global Talent
  • National & International Markets
  • Innovative and Sustainable Industry

Investment Attraction

  • IP Creation & Retention
  • Infrastructure
  • Distribution & Publishing
  • Attract Private Capital Investment

Industry Advocacy

  • Industry Incentives
  • Immigration Policy
  • Consult & Represent Industry
  • Shape Policy & Regulations

Gateway to the Asia Pacific

  • Seek Foreign Markets
  • Leverage Asia-Pacific Centre
  • Grow International Trade
  • Promote Export


Nancy Mott Basi

Nancy is an industry veteran with 20+ years' experience in production, animation & VFX.

As Executive Director of the Film and Media Centre, Nancy works strategically to grow the screen-based industry for the City of Vancouver. Included in her portfolio are film, television, visual effects and animation, games and interactive entertainment. Additionally, Nancy promotes the City of Vancouver as a world-class destination for business opportunities and a city where industry talent can thrive in the screen-based entertainment sector. Her 20 years in the Film & TV industry, features extensive experience in business development in film production, visual effects and animation.

“As we continue to look through the economic development lens, its clear that Vancouver is uniquely positioned for the future. We will identify the opportunities both locally and globally, encourage investment and promote the best of what Vancouver has to offer.”


David Shepheard

David Shepheard is Vancouver’s first Film Commissioner working in the new Film & Media Centre under the Vancouver Economic Commission.

Responsible for driving growth and innovation in Vancouver’s physical film production industry, David Shepheard is Vancouver’s first Film Commissioner – a seasoned industry leader bringing over 16 years of experience as a film commissioner to the table. Formerly of Film London, David was also pivotal in setting up the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Bristol Film Office and Screen East (UK). Through extensive consultancy work, David has lent his experience to similar agencies in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

As Film Commissioner, David Shepheard leads on physical Film & TV production and its associated concerns, including liaising with industry associations, government agencies and studio heads; conducting proactive investment attraction initiatives; and supporting local talent by collaborating with local union representation and multiple levels of educational institutions. Learn more about the Vancouver Film Commission.


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