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An analog-based arts incubator for BIPOC creators; presented by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative in collaboration with filmmaker & media artist Rhayne Vermette!



Colour Reversal is a BIPOC centered analog film incubator in Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory set to take place for it's second iteration November 2023. This place-based research lab merges storytelling with experimental 16mm film in an intergenerational arts context and will consist of a 5 day retreat followed by a self-determined mentorship. 


The colour reversal process refers to a type of film stock that produces a positive image on film vs. a negative which would need additional processing in order to accurately depict what was captured. This program gets its namesake from this film development process as a way of centring the necessity of BIPOC-led strategies for the ongoing advancement of analog and storytelling practices.

Colour Reversal will provide a context for 10 BIPOC cohort members to explore and experiment with storytelling and analog practice. This program will facilitate the development of current and future moving image artists by making room to explore and create. The lab holds space for the deconstruction of analog practices and activates room for exchanges between a network of peers. Colour Reversal will be a co-created space with an emphasis on participatory design.

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  • Dates to be announced for our next program in 2024. Stay tuned!


  • Colour Reversal is a pilot project of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and is funded by a Sector Innovation Fund Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. The project was co-created by Filmpool Executive Director Hagere Selam ‘shimby’ Zegeye-Gebrehiwot and filmmaker Rhayne Vermette. The program is based on Vermette's early discussions with filmmakers Heidi Phillips and Amalie Atkins.


  • 16mm analog practices (beginner to advanced)

  • Workshops (sound recording, Bolex camera operation, darkroom eco-processing, film collaging, etc.)

  • Screenings

  • Artist talks

  • Field trips

  • Creative discussions and collaboration

  • Self-directed experimentation


  • Honorariums provided for all participants in the amount of $1000 CAD.

  • Transportation to and from Regina, Saskatchewan, as well as accommodations for out of town participants will be covered by the program.

  • Accessibility needs will be accommodated and respected, including but not limited to; ASL interpretation, multilingual support, child care, physically accessible location, scent reduced space, etc.

    • For more information about accessibility at the Filmpool, visit our access page!​

  • High quality digital transfers of participants' experiments.


  • All participants will have access to COVID-19 rapid tests for every day of the in-person retreat.

  • For participants that are unable to attend the in-person retreat for access reasons, there will be a virtual-postal alternative with a dedicated peer-facilitator. Please make note in your application if this is the case for you.


  • Colour Reversal is open to applications and nominations from individuals who work in any discipline at any stage of their practice. This is an open call to all storytellers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives. CR is looking to bring together a broad group of people who are interested in expanding their skills, knowledge and network.

  • Half of the spots available will be reserved for participants based in or with connection to the prairies.

  • Three quarters of the spots available will be reserved for participants with underrepresented genders.

  • Applicants that are ages 16+ are welcome to apply or nominate an individual. We strongly encourage nominations. Nominators must be able to clearly demonstrate the consent of nominees. Participants do not have to be emerging or established in this or any other medium, rather the ideal cohort member would be creative, inquisitive, have a desire to experiment with analog practices and have an interest in co-creating an intentional space.


  • Please submit a single PDF document consisting of the following:

    • One page description on your interests in this lab, what you would bring to the group, and your interest in storytelling or analog film practices.

      • ​You are also welcome to name someone you'd like to pursue a self-determined mentorship with (optional)​​

    • Accessibility needs

      • (examples include: child care, allergies, interpretation, assistance, virtual-postal participation, dietary restriction, etc.)​

    • A short bio

    • Artist CV

  • Video or audio submissions in lieu of written submissions are also accepted.

  • If application assistance is needed, an email can be sent to in advance of the deadline for help

Submission to Colour Reversal can be sent via email with the subject heading CR to: Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot:

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