Sep 09 2014

Announcing the Launch of the First Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA)



The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is proud to announce the launch of the first annual
Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA).

The SIFAs are designed to celebrate a new era of Saskatchewan filmmaking. Through this new initiative we hope to raise the profile of Saskatchewan independent filmmaking, and in doing so foster the next voice of Saskatchewan filmmakers.

The awards are presented in association with the Filmpool’s annual Premiere Screening, all residents living in Saskatchewan for at least one year are eligible to submit their short films for competition. During its inaugural presentation on November 27, 2014, the SIFA’s will feature the categories: best film, audience choice and best student film. For information on how to submit, click HERE.

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Sep 09 2014

Filmpool Premiere Screening CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Premiere 2014 CALL

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 31st, 2014
VENUE: Artesian on 13th (2627 13th ave)
DATE: Thursday November 27, 2014

The Filmpool is now accepting submissions for the annual Filmpool Premiere Screening 2014. Films submitted this year will now be eligible to win a Saskatchewan Independent Film Award (SIFA).
Sifa-Logo-Web-smallThe Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA), presented in association with this year’s Filmpool Premiere Screening. The SIFAs are designed to showcase the province’s best independent visionary filmmakers.

If you are interested in submitting your film, please visit our Filmpool Premiere Screening 2014 page and follow the submission instructions. 

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Sep 08 2014

FILMPOOL SCREENING ~ Tiny Magic: conjuring all kinds of feelings

Tiny Magic: conjuring all kinds of feelings

When:  8pm Friday September 19th, 2014
Where:  Filmpool (301-1822 Scarth st. Regina, SK)
Admission: $5 or PWYC

Curated by Amber Christensen this screening will feature works from ten Saskatchewan film and video artists. Sometimes surreal, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical and sometimes sweet, all filled with tiny potent magic.

Drinks and chats with Pulsewidth (DJ set) after the screening. 


Featuring in no particular order:

Amber Goodwyn “Wive’s Tale” (2013)
Sarah Abbott “Why I Hate Bees” (1997)
Jennifer Sparrowhawk “Mysterium” (2014)
Thirza Cuthand “You are a Lesbian Vampire” (2008)
Ian Campbell “Many Brains, Many Eyes” (2014)
David G. LaRiviere “Son of Ronald” (2008)
Allysha Larsen “School of Athens” (2013)
Clark Ferguson “Dead Meat” (2008)
Callen John Diederichs “Local Girls” (2013)
Colby Richardson & Kristina Hedlund “Space Princess and Amethyst Portal” (2013)
Eric Hill “Geht Pop!” (2014)

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Sep 05 2014

Hello In There / Hello Out There (exhibition of memory & life)

This is an exhibition of artwork created by ​30 Saskatchewan ​senior citizens​,​ ​combined with audio recordings of their memories. The work is the result of a year-long program by​ Common Weal Community Arts (and partner Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative) ​and Artist-in-Residence Chrystene Ells. This project encouraged participants to share personal narratives, life stories, and memories through art making and storytelling, allowing for engagement, self-expression, ​and reflection ​amidst ​loss, ​​life change, and the experience of aging. Participants ranged from recently retired independently living seniors to nonagenarians living in permanent care facilities.

Special thanks to ​Associate Artists ​Rowan Pantel and Berny Hi​, and Common Weal Artistic Director Gerry Ruecker for their hands-on support of the artists, and their contributions to the art and audio recordings in the exhibition. Thanks also to Audio Tech Rob White, and partners Regina Senior Citizens Centre, Al Ritchie Health Action Centre, Echo Lodge Home in Fort Qu’Appelle, and Golden Prairie Home in Indian Head.​

Made possible by a Creative Partnerships Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and support from many other fantastic organizations (see bottom for full list).

Only available for viewing/listening until this Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Dunlop Art Gallery!

Hear from one of the participating senior citizens artists, Frieda B. “My Life in Three Boxes“:

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Jul 29 2014

Making Malignance part III: in the edit suite

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(check out part II: on set)

Malignance is now being edited and will move into the final stages of colour correction and sound mixing before the Summer of 2014 is out. Here is a teaser trailer that you can check out in the meantime:

A lot of hard work has been put into this short film and it showcases a number of Saskatchewan talent and the motivation to those here that love the movie making process.

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See more from Malignance at our Facebook and Twitter pages:

Malignance is a different perspective of the horror, cabin in the woods genre. This film is not about blood and guts like so many other examples out there. It is also not about a supernatural entity that appears in the bathroom mirror to scare the protagonist. Malignance is about the realism and emotional tension created from a horror situation like this, not a campy exhibition. This film creates suspense through the uncertainty of darkness, the possibility that something is out there and it wants you!

There is often a dissociation between the opposing forces of the good versus evil representation in the horror genre, where the creature’s motivation to stalk the protagonist is often driven by animalistic tendencies opposed to intellectual ones. The unique aspect of Malignance is that it explores the intimate relationship between good and evil, light and dark, innocent and corrupt. The creature is pure evil through a highly sophisticated understanding of perversion and terror, which is driven by the unyielding desire to devour the illness that plagues the protagonist. The balance of the relationship is exemplified from both perspectives of the situation, which in itself becomes quite terrifying. It is important to create the film in this manner to build a rapport between the division of good and evil. The relationship between them becomes something personable; the menacing act of something stalking you in the night becomes increasingly tense. This thematic interpretation has not yet been explored in other related horror genres.

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Jul 21 2014

Supporting independent film

Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program

Congratulations to the following Filmpool members on their grant funding and equipment rental deferral awards, attained through the Filmpool’s annual Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program (Spring – 2014).

The Filmpool looks forward to showcasing all of these works at upcoming Filmpool Premiere Screenings and beyond!

  • Award: Amalie Atkins $2,500 financial assistance for Post Production of Aprons
  • Award: Mike Rollo $2,500 financial assistance and $1,500 equipment rental deferral for Production of Farewell Transmission
  • Award: Matt Yim $2,500 financial assistance and $15,840 equipment rental deferral for Production of Basic Human Needs
  • Award: Mattias Graham $2,500 equipment rental deferral for Production of Red Can
  • Award: Paul-Gui Crepeau $800 equipment rental deferral for Production of Saskatchewan’s URBAN Beauty
  • Award: Kaylor Coons $1,342 equipment rental deferral for the First Film Fund of The Riddle Twins in: The Case of the Phantom…

For more information on the Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program, visit this section of the website:


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Jul 16 2014

Making Malignance part II: on set

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(check out part I: pre-production)
In late August and early September we shot the film with a small amount of money and a huge amount of support from the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative (who provided all of the equipment), our talented actor Mr. Josh Strait (Corner Gas, The Tall Man, Wolfcop, along with numerous short films developed in Saskatchewan), and our amazingly motivated crew (all names worthy of mention: Jason Rister, Danielle Austin, Paul Crepeau, Mohammed Saadoun, Lynsey Johnson, Jay Husk, Joel Davis, and Burns Holland).

We had additional support through an Indiegogo campaign that raised several hundred dollars for the production phase. Thank you to everyone who donated. There are many others who donated their time and resources to help get Malignance in the can. Thank you to all them, we are eternally grateful!

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The entirety of the film was shot on location at a secluded cabin in the woods east of Yorkton. Due to budgetary restrictions and the fact that the cabin was 3 hours from Regina, the whole gang lived and worked at the location for a week and a half. Looking back I would not have changed a thing!

The experience created a work environment that was void of any distractions; no cell phones and no internet (plus if anyone tried to escape they would not be able too. Ha-ha I joke!).

Besides eating and sleeping, and sometimes building a little fort, we did nothing but shoot, shoot, shoot. Sometimes the bugs were bad, sometimes it was cold during long night shoots, sometimes we were crazy tired and crazy from being tired, and yet spirits remained committed to the film and everyone did an outstanding job. I cannot thank everyone enough! You can check out a behind the scenes vignette here:

(part III: Post Production and in the edit suite)

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Jul 07 2014

Making Malignance part I: pre-production

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Hi there,
My name is Matt Holland, and I have been a member of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative for about 6 years. I have recently graduated from the Film Department at the University of Regina in 2013.

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Concept model used to figure out lighting and framing

In my last semester of school I started working on a cabin-in-the-woods style horror film with my brother, Josh Holland. While Josh worked on refining the script, I worked on the visual style for the film by constructing a model of the cabin and manipulating a concept model to act out the entire film. I then photographed the subsequent actions. I thought this would be an interesting method of preparation because I could experiment with the visual elements like lighting and color before the shooting phase began.

I incorporated the visual preparation for Malignance into a project for a Visual Storytelling class instructed by Chrystene Ells. Chrystene taught me a number of ways to build intensity in the story through the images.
The final result was turned into this animatic:

(part II: Production and on set)

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