Director, Creative Economy and Vancouver Film Commissioner
Responsible for driving growth and innovation in Vancouver’s physical film production industry, David Shepheard is Vancouver’s first dedicated Film Commissioner – a seasoned industry leader bringing 18 years of experience as a film commissioner to the table. As head of the Vancouver Film Commission, David leads on investment and programming initiatives related to physical Film & TV production and its associated concerns.
Previously, David ran the Film Commission services for Film London, the Capital’s media development agency. 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 across the globe. In 2009, the Government of Abu Dhabi recruited David to develop the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, after which David served as its first Director.
David serves as a board member for the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), the global membership organization with over 300 members around the world. This is the second time he has been elected to the Board by the membership.