On March 5 – 9 we proudly present Gender Equity in Media Festival, a five-day celebration featuring in-person screenings, receptions, filmmaker panels, and more at VIFF Centre.
Followed by a virtual festival March 12-26, GEMFest will include 37 films from 14 countries, made up of 14 Canadian films — with 6 from local BC filmmakers.
Join us for our 19th annual international film festival where we proudly showcase a rich selection of talent from established and emerging women and gender-diverse filmmakers worldwide. GEMFest is an immersive experience featuring an exceptional lineup of short and feature-length films spanning narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation genres. At GEMFest, we celebrate diversity, empower voices, and challenge norms. Attend in-person or online, as we shine the spotlight on gender equity in film.
GEMS’ Signature Event
GEMFest is the only film festival dedicated to women and gender diverse people in Western Canada, and one of just three international film festivals for women and gender diverse people in Canada.
19 Years of Diversity & Inclusion
Now in its 19th year, GEMFest continues to provide a platform for challenging gender inequity and the lack of diversity in the screen-based media industry through a combination of film screening, discussions, professional development and networking opportunities.