Registration now open for Film Camp 2016

filmcampheaders_001Calling young filmmakers! The Filmpool is now accepting registrations for our annual Summer Film Camp July 11 – 15.

This week long intensive takes teen students (ages 13-17) through the production process of creating a narrative short film. Classes focus on fundamentals of visual storytelling and creativity. This approach welcomes students of varied experience and skill with media arts.

In just one week, participants learn how to create stories visually, using a variety of film and video equipment. Participants shoot and edit all week long; trying out different crew positions and working together to create a bunch of amazing short films. At the end of the week the students invite family and friends to their cinematic debut on the big screen at the RPL Film Theatre.


Interested? Get the full details here. Registration is limited to 16 participants.



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Filmpool EQ Workshop 2016 Scheduling Survey – August TBD

EQ 2016

The Filmpool has gotten its crop of new equipment, and I’m hard at working perfecting the art of using it, so that I can help you do the same! The question I have for right now is a question of when. When would the membership as a whole prefer this workshop to take place? To that end, I’ve set up this scheduler to figure out what would work best for most people.

EQ Workshop 2016 Scheduler:

The potential dates are August 5th through 8th, with various times in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The scheduler does hide a couple of the options initially, so be sure to click to expand all the options. Please note that this is only to gauge interest and availability at this time and none of these times or dates are officially locked in. I’ll be sure to announce those times when they’ve been decided based on the response to this poll.

Registration will be necessary for the workshop, which will be free for full members or $5 for basic members. It should be noted that the DJI Ronin will only be available to Full members who have taken this workshop and been given express permission to rent it.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me: [email protected] and I look forward to passing on more info about the workshop when it’s ready! And stay tuned to the website in the coming weeks for featurettes on each of the pieces of equipment in anticipation of the workshop as well!


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Call for Submissions: The Cinema of Dr. Caligari

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative has quite the unique screening planned for Fall 2016 and we want your German Expressionist-inspired films for the event!
The Cinema of Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism Screening call for submissions is now open!
We are looking films under 10 minutes that are influenced or inspired by German Expressionism cinema.


To help you get inspired, we are offering the Light & Shadows Workshop and even an equipment deferral opportunity for members. Members who submit their deferral application before June 17th will save an additional $10.00 on the Light and Shadows Workshop. The maximum deferral request is $650.00.

The Cinema of Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism Screening submission deadline is September 1, 2016
Saskatchewan filmmakers: please contact us for discounted submission rates before submitting your film.

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Summer & Fall Programming 2016











Here’s a look at our upcoming 2016 Summer-Fall programming:


One Take Super 8 Event

7pm Thursday, June 9th | The RPL Film Theatre
Presented in Partnership with OneTakeSuper8
Shot on super 8, the films in these events have never been seen before, not even by the filmmakers! Edited in-camera, the works are shown as they were shot. No Cuts! No Splices!


Light and Shadow Workshop

Saturday, June 18th & 19th | The Sound Stage
Presented in Partnership with Creative Saskatchewan
A two-day lighting workshop with Regina cinematographer Layton Burton. Principles of effective lighting will be covered, including a focus on the practises and styles of German Expressionism.


Summer Film Camp

Monday, July 11th – 15th | Filmpool
This week long camp takes participants through the production process of creating a short film. Classes focus on visual storytelling and creativity. Students of all experience and skill levels welcome.


Production Workshop

TBD (July)
Training on the new gear acquired for rental including the DJI Ronin 3-axis gimbal, Kessler Cineslider, Zoom F8 Multitrack Field Recorder and Rotolight Neo 3 Kit.



Tuesday, September 20th | Filmpool
Weekly filmmaking classes for students ages 13-17. Students collaborate on screen based art projects.


The Cinema of Dr. Caligari

Thursday, October 20th | Mackenzie Art Gallery
Screening of selected local and international German Expressionist short films. Presented as part of the Caligari Salon: An Evening of Angst, Art, Cinema and Sideshow.


Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards

Thursday, November 24th | Artesian
The Third Annual SIFAs will showcase and celebrate the best independent films made this past year.


The Land of Rock and Gold Screening

Friday, November 25th
Saskatchewan premiere screening of Daniel Redenbach and Janine Windolph’s dramatic feature film shot in and around La Ronge, SK.


Open Aperture

Thursday, December 8th | The Club at the Exchange
Presented in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange
An open mic format for film, art and culture.



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One Take Super 8 Screening 2016

The wait is nearly over; the Saskatchewan One Take Super 8 Event is this week!

Premiering over 50 new super 8 films made by Saskatchewan filmmakers, 25 Saskatoon films will screen at the historic Roxy Theatre on Wednesday June 8, followed 25 Regina-made films at the Regina Public Library Film Theatre on Thursday, June 9.

Shot on super 8, the films in these events have never been seen before, not even by the filmmakers! Edited in-camera, the works are shown as they were shot. No Cuts! No Splices!

The Saskatoon and Regina events are the 57th and 58th screenings in this history of the event. Started in Regina in 2000, The One Take Super 8 Event has spread across North America generating over 1000 new films.

Saskatoon Event:
7pm June 8 at the Roxy Theatre

Regina Event:
7pm June 9 at the RPL Film Theatre


Free event! Filmmakers in attendance. Seating is limited so make sure to get there ahead of time.


OneTakeSuper8 | Facebook Page


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Welcome, new Board Members!


The Filmpool would like to congratulate:

  • Kyath Battie
  • Danielle Austin
  • Michael Lai
  • Ella Mikkola
  • Scott Woloshin
  • Mattias Graham

on being elected to the Filmpool’s Board of Directors at our AGM this past Sunday.

They will be joining previous board members Mike Rollo, Sandra Staples-Jetko and Jason Rister. The Filmpool would like to sincerely thank our outgoing board members for all of their service and support to the Filmpool and community: Jessica Riess, Ian Campbell, Sarah Huber and Martin Makowski.



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Filmpool Spring Cleaning Crew Wanted



The Filmpool is cleaning up! We’d love your help.

With new rental equipment coming for the summer and the space not getting any larger, the time has come to go through some of the old film and video equipment, and some of the damaged goods, and various random odds and ends that are taking up shelf space and floor space.

Much of it will be discarded. Members are free to keep anything for themselves that we don’t need any longer. What’s left we’ll organize and try to better optimize the space we have.

Free lunch will be provided by the Filmpool as a thank you!

June 26th at 10am is cleanup day. Any help is greatly appreciated. POSTPONED

For more information, or to let us know you’re interested email [email protected]



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Filmpool AGM 2016


Please join the Filmpool’s Board of Directors, staff and fellow members at this year’s AGM on Sunday, June 5 at 1 PM. All current members are welcome, however only Basic and Full Production members have voting rights.

In addition to electing new members to the Filmpool Board, reviewing the Filmpool’s financial situation, and reports from staff and Board – the AGM offers members an opportunity to share their thoughts about the Filmpool in general. Many important issues face the Filmpool and the organization requires your input and vision to help with these decisions.

This year there will be up to six openings on the Filmpool’s Board of Directors. Please consider this opportunity to assist with the direction of the Filmpool.

To become a nominee for the Board of Directors, you must be a Filmpool Production Member in good standing (2016 – 2017).

When: 1 PM Sunday, June 5, 2016
Where: The Filmpool Office, #301-1822 Scarth Street

Filmpool AGM Agenda-2016

More info…


Let’s all work together to support our independent filmmaking community!

Free BEER and PIZZA for all Members!!! 



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Filmpool 2016 Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program Recipients


Congratulations to the recipients of the Filmpool’s 2016 Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program, First Filmmaker Fund, and Equipment Deferrals! There were a large number of applicants this year, making the job of the jury particularly difficult.
Grant Recipients:

  • Berny Hi, “Der Glockner”
  • Jason Britski, “Haircut Man”
  • Mattias Graham, “Red Can”
  • Tim Thurmeier, “Ruined”

First Film Fund:

  • Ella Mikkola, “Waves”
  • Scott Woloshin, “Road Games”
  • Rhys Pugh, “Heistery”

EQ Deferral:

  • Berny Hi, “Der Glockner”
  • Daniel Beaulieu, “Snot Bubbles”
  • Ella Mikkola, “Waves”
  • Lucas Frison, “Talent”
  • Rhys Pugh, “Heistery”
  • Sam Flamont, “Three Dames”
  • Sandra Staples-Jetko, “Prehistoric Saskatchewan Mammals”

Thank you to all applicants and to the jury. Find out more information about our Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program.



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