Mission + History
Women In Film + Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven not-for-profit society. Our main objectives are: to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.
WIFTV is one of the 35 world-wide chapters of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI): http://www.wiftichapters.org.
Responding to the limited opportunities for women in leadership positions in the film and television industry, WIFTV was formed in 1989 by a group of professional women working in the industry.
WIFTV’s first major endeavour was the Producer’s Workshop series: a three-year educational program aimed at increasing access to information about funding to increase the number of indigenous productions being created by women. This launched the careers of many of Vancouver’s female media creatives: producers, directors and industry managers and initiated the creation of the Producer’s Workbook. In 2010, we published the fourth edition of the Producer’s Workbook, which is now used as a curriculum resource at the Vancouver Film School.
Recent statistics show that women constitute only four per cent of feature-film directors, 11 per cent of writers and 13 per cent of editors (https://pleaseadjustyourset.wordpress.com/).
In a 2010 report prepared by Marilyn Burgess for Telefilm Canada noted, “Women professionals report they are disadvantaged with respect to access to professional networks, opportunities for on-the-job experience, and visibility at Canadian film festivals, factors which are considered crucial to successful career development.” The study also notes how the lack of a family-friendly working environment impacts more negatively on women’s careers.
In our continued efforts to address these concerns WIFTV, in 2006, founded the Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival as one of only three film festivals in Canada featuring women filmmakers: the other two are Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival, and the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival. As such, we bring filmmakers and audiences together, offering opportunities for women filmmakers in Western Canada that would not exist without us.