About Us


Filmpool Mandate

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is a non-profit artist-run centre supporting and assisting independent visionary film and video production in Saskatchewan. The Filmpool is committed to developing an awareness and appreciation of independent film that reflects the individual and collective cultural expression of Saskatchewan people.


Founded in 1977, the Filmpool has a proud history of promoting and assisting independent film production and its contribution to Saskatchewan’s cultural expression. We provide our members with film and sound editing facilities, 16mm production equipment, and regular funding opportunities. We host several events such as workshops and screenings and publish regular editions of our magazine, Splice. The Filmpool membership’s objectives are executed by a volunteer Board and committees in cooperation with paid staff.



To serve our mandate, the Filmpool provides programming in five key areas; Production, Workshops, Exhibition, Communications and Outreach. The Filmpool provides professional development opportunities in film production and exhibition for our members through these programming initiatives. We strive to develop audiences for independent motion pictures and maintain alliances with other cultural organizations.

Filmpool Staff


Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Executive Director


Ron Jacobs

Production Coordinator


Jacob Farrell

Interim  Programming Coordinator


Amber Hanover

Membership Services and Communication Coordinator

Board of Directors

As an artist-run cooperative, the Saskatchewan Filmpool is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of members elected at the organization's annual general meeting. Directors serve two-year terms and oversee the management and strategic direction of the organization. Interested in getting involved with the Filmpool? Contact us!

Matt Ripplinger


Matthew Ripplinger is a Regina-based experimental filmmaker whose work is primarily created through analog film manipulation techniques. His film Sir Bailey (2018) has been screened internationally, and his artistic practices span from film to photography, print media, and light based installation.

Sophie Kokott

Vice President

Sophie Kokott is a passionate filmmaker and writer based out of Saskatoon. She is one of the co-creators of the film production company Floor Thirteen Films, which creates a variety of digital content and is responsible for Pieces, a two-season web series.

Jolene Kriska


Bio coming Soon

Jeremy Ratzlaff


Jeremy Ratzlaff is a Moose Jaw-based filmmaker who has been creating videos on the prairies for nearly 10 years. As the owner of Lampblack Studios Ltd., he and a team of passionate creatives work to produce exceptional video content on an increasingly larger scale.

Ron Brandt


Ron Brandt is a Regina based filmmaker with over 30 years of experience in Saskatchewan's film and television industry. He has worked in many different roles in broadcast and cable TV, feature length films, educational video production, and as a production stills photographer.

Jason Britski


Jason Britski is a Regina-based independent filmmaker. His work has included short experimental films, documentaries and broadcast TV, and has screened in approximately 190 film festivals in 50 countries including Ann Arbor, Antimatter, Rotterdam International and Toronto International. 

Karla Paragg


Karla Paragg is a web content specialist based in Saskatoon. She has worked as the Media Coordinator for the Filmpool's Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) each year since 2014. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Regina. 

Dawn Bird


Dawn Bird is a Regina-based actor and film producer. While her primary passion is acting and voiceover work, producing film and television is a close second. Dawn owns and operates B.E.ZEE Productions, a multi-facted production house that offers a number of different creative services.

Jeremy Davis


Jeremy Davis is a Regina-based filmmaker and photographer whose work is primarily focused on the Saskatchewan landscape and human form. He has recently completed his film production studies at the University of Regina.

Mark Wihak


Mark Wihak has been a Filmpool member since the late 1980s, and has made a number of films with Filmpool support, including the episodic feature film Resting Potential, currently in post-production and slated for release in 2021.

Mike Rollo


Mike Rollo’s work explores alternative approaches to documentary cinema. A founding member of Montreal’s experimental film collective Double Negative and Independent Visions in Regina, Mike has curated the work of prominent international and Canadian experimental filmmakers. His films have screened at prestigious festivals and galleries around the world. Mike teaches film production at the University of Regina.