The world’s most dynamic digital entertainment & interactive cluster



The Vancouver Film Commissioner has 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.

Key objectives will be to develop and implement a strategy to strengthen the DE&I sector 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.


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


Tasked to drive growth and innovation in Vancouver’s booming Digital Entertainment & Interactive sector

David Shepheard

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

David is a seasoned industry leader bringing over 16 years of experience to the table as a Film Commissioner in various cities and regions around the world.

Previously, David ran the Film Commission services for Film London, the Capital’s Media Development Agency. Film London supports producers shooting in London, advises them on accessing UK tax breaks and co-production opportunities, and promotes London’s Film, TV, Post-Production, Animation, VFX and Games sectors.

Prior to joining Film London, David was CEO of Open House Films in the UK—a consultancy partnership specializing in developing strategies, Film Commissions and Media Development agencies at City, Regional and State levels in Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Prior to David working for Film London, the Government of Abu Dhabi recruited him to develop yet another film & TV development agency—his third one from scratch. After developing the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, David served its first Director.

David also served for two years as a board member for the Association of Film Commissioners International, the global membership organization with over 300 members around the world.


Working to help the City realize the true potential of this key economic sector

Nancy Mott

Nancy is an industry veteran with 20+ years’ experience in production and animation/VFX in the film and television industry.

Nancy’s portfolio comprises screen-based entertainment, which includes film, television, VFX, animation, video games, digital media and mobile entertainment. Before being named Executive Director, of the new Vancouver Film & Media Centre, she served for six years as the VEC’s Manager, Digital Entertainment & Interactive (DE&I), and spearheaded the VEC’s efforts to connect, support & grow the entirety of Vancouver’s DE&I spectrum.

Nancy started in film production with MGM studios in Vancouver and worked on projects for Showtime, Disney Television and Cannell Films. She grew her career as the General Manager/Executive Producer of The Embassy VFX, a boutique VFX company, where she worked closely with director Neill Blomkamp on several Nike commercial projects; her client list included the likes of Mercedes, Toyota and Asics. Prior to being recruited by the VEC, Nancy was the VFX executive producer at Deluxe/CIS, where she oversaw business development and client relations with Los Angeles studios such as Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox and Disney studios.

Nancy serves on the boards of the Visual Effects Society, MPPIA, HR Screen Council Board and WE Create BC task force. She is also on the advisory committee at Capilano University animation department and Lost Boys Studios School of learning.


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