Cinevolution Media Arts Society is a grassroots, women-led, migrant-driven film and media arts organization based in Richmond, BC, the occupied, traditional and ancestral territories of the hǝn̓q̓ ǝmin̓ ǝm̓ speaking peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and other Coast Salish Nations.
Our vision is a diverse society where people connect across linguistic, geopolitical and cultural boundaries to explore alternative perspectives and realities.
Our mission is to promote innovation and critical discourse through film and media art, bring new ways of thinking and expression into cross-cultural communication, and foster collaboration and exchange amongst filmmakers and media artists in Canada and around the world.
Cinevolution was founded in 2007 by three immigrant women — Ying Wang, Rachel Fan, and Lynn Chen — in response to the limited and often disconnected representation of Asia on the big screen. The first and only media arts organization in Richmond, Canada, Cinevolution has been dedicated to making experimental film and media art accessible to all from the start, with a particular focus on connecting immigrants and marginalized communities to mainstream society through participatory media art festivals and events that are international in scope. Over the past decade, Cinevolution has been a leading voice for newcomer communities while promoting independent art practice, interdisciplinary art forms and critical discourse on the complexities of cultural encounters and diasporic identities. Today, Cinevolution’s initial three-women team has grown to include a dynamic group of artists and filmmakers, activists and community organizers.