About Cineworks

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is a non-profit Artist-Run Centre, supporting independent filmmakers, media artists and arts audiences through facilities and initiatives encompassing production, exhibition, consultation, outreach and advocacy.

Through programs that foster experimentation with motion-picture arts, in dialogue with their historic, current and future cultural contexts, we engage our membership and wider communities in the investigative, expressive and transformative powers of the moving image.

In addition to our main offices, production studio, edit suites and equipment rental store off Howe Street in Vancouver's Downtown core, Cineworks runs an analogue film lab and studio in the city's Downtown East Side. Known as the Annex, this facility features an extensively equipped darkroom and open studio with equipment for machine and hand processing photochemical film, as well as for contact printing, optical printing, stop-frame animation and editing Super 8, 16mm and 35mm film.

Cineworks was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1980, and in 1983 was recognized as a charitable organization by Revenue Canada. We gratefully acknowledge and pay respect to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on whose unceded traditional territories our organization and our work is based. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver.

Accessibility: Our Annex Analogue studio, darkroom and washroom are wheelchair accessible. Our Howe Street production and exhibition studio is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair accessible washroom in the immediate neighbourhood – please contact or 604 685 3841 with questions or concerns as to how we can meet your needs.

Staff Commitment Statement

Staff Committment

A statement of solidarity is not enough. Organizations that assert their alignment with anti-racism need to start by disclosing their own structures and gaps.

Cineworks currently has a staff of 75% white people.
Cineworks has a predominantly white board of directors.

We can do better.

Solidarity with anti-racism begins by changing the structures that have institutionalized racism on lands colonially known as Canada, and globally. We commit to delivering the following in 2020-21:

  1. An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion action plan in our strategic plan.
  2. Ongoing anti-oppression and decolonization training of staff and leadership.
  3. An internal accessibility audit and publication of our safe space policy.
  4. An increase in bursary memberships for those who have faced institutional oppression, such as Black people and those of African descent, people of color, women of colour, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and peoples living with disabilities.

We are sharing these commitments in order to be held accountable to the work we have ahead of us in disassembling inequality across our systems. These goals do not reflect the boundaries but rather, the beginnings of our work to end oppression of racialized individuals in our community.

As a team, we assert our intolerance for anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Indigenous acts of racism. We acknowledge that racism is pervasive, internalized and can manifest in many forms. Undoing systemic racism is an ongoing responsibility that our staff, particularly those of us who are white, commit to through continued learning, accountability, and radical transformation.

We also wish to use this statement as a call to action to encourage those of our audience and membership who are white, especially filmmakers and artists, to use their skills and gifts of storytelling to shed light on areas in our government and societal structure that turn a blind eye to the injustices in our communities. As artists, many of you are in a unique position to consistently remind viewers of the ongoing issues of racism beyond the current moment of outcry.

The Cineworks Staff


Board of Directors
Jack Beatty

Jack Beatty has been an experimental photographer for almost thirty years and has extensive knowledge of analog technology. As the control analyst for Technicolor (formerly Alpha Cine) he has known Cineworks since its early days and assisted many members with their work. A long-time member of the organization, he has served on the board several terms as Vice President. As a Board member and volunteer, Jack has been instrumental in the development of Cineworks Annex analogue film facilities.

Sammy Chien

Taipei born, Vancouver based interdisciplinary media artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor who works with film, sound art, new media and dance/theatre performance. After working with the pioneer of digital performance group Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin), his work has exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing). Sammy has also been involved in research or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science, technology and spirituality as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, low-income residents, mental health, spiritual healing, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+, indigenous, multicultural background and youths. Sammy is the official selected mentor of Isadora (TroikaTronix) and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik 似不像 collective.

Toni-Lynn Frederick

Toni-Lynn Frederick is a filmmaker, writer, and installation artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently on-leave from the final year of a practice-based PhD at the University of Reading, England, where her research examines the representation of Holocaust-related landscape and the use of witness re-enactment in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. In addition to working on her own art practice, Toni-Lynn works as the Video Testimony Project Coordinator for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, where she interviews, records, and edits the video testimonies of Vancouver-based Holocaust Survivors. Since joining the Cineworks Board in 2015, Toni-Lynn served on the Governance Committee. She has been particularly active in board recruitment, issues of By-law compliance, and transitioning to the New Societies Act. This past June, she led an exciting and successful initiative to deliver the magic of the Cineworks Annex to the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

Christoph Runné

Christoph Runné is a Vancouver-based experimental film, video, and installation artist. Through his work, he explores the unhidden yet seemingly invisible world around us. He creates visual tone poems with a humanitarian heartbeat whose minimalist and impressionistic methodology contradicts the complex human conditions with which Runné engages.

Illene Yu

Illene Yu is a graphic designer and art director with over 17 years of experience in branding, packaging, layout, exhibit and web design, and project management. Her past clients include Greenpeace, the Rockefeller Family Fund, DeSmog Blog, Air Canada, Tropicana, and Bosa Development. She received the Bronze Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators, BC Chapter; the Award of Merit from the Canadian Public Relations Society; and an award for Editorial Magazine Design in the 13th Applied Arts Design and Advertising Annual. Illene’s formal training includes UX Design at RED Academy, Marketing Communications at BCIT, Graphic Design & Illustration at Capilano University, and the Display + Design Program at Langara College.

Melanie Aulin

Melanie Aulin holds a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University. She has worked in various positions within the Ministry for Children and Family Development for the last 22 years. She currently works as a Provincial Practice Consultant. She is also a lead for the Ministry’s Provincial domestic violence portfolio. She is involved in policy development and best practice approaches around child protection and domestic violence across the Province. In the past she has been involved in fundraising for the Red Cross, Surrey Women’s Centre, Frontier College and 60 Million Girls Foundation. Melanie is also a Certified Sommelier and regularly runs wine education sessions as well as private and corporate tasting events throughout the lower mainland.

Carole Zhang

Carole is a Vancouver based designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). After graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting, she has been active and working in the accounting field over 10 years. She has full cycle accounting experience and knowledge in the non-profit, retail, restaurant and property management industries.


April Thompson
Executive Director

April Thompson is a Curator and Writer based on the unceded and stolen territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. For the past nine years, April has worked within numerous non-profit organizations in Canada and Australia, including the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Access Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. She has written articles for BlackFlash Magazine, C-Magazine, Canadian Art and SAD Mag.

April is committed to creating opportunities for media artists and filmmakers to flourish in Vancouver, and to collaborating with artist-run organizations throughout Canada and abroad.

Ryan Clough-Carroll
Facilities & Equipment Manager

Ryan Clough-Carroll is an independent filmmaker and audio / visual artist based out of Vancouver B.C. Having graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Film Production Program, Ryan has spent the last five years working on independent and studio productions. With a background in experimental and analogue cinema, Ryan has divided his time between on-set camera and sound work, as well as post sound mixing and manipulation.

Michelle Martin
Community & Education Liaison

Michelle (she/they) is a facilitator, researcher, and educator born on Treaty Six territory. She has developed and delivered education and learning programs for the Museum of Vancouver, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Craft Council of BC and most recently, the Art Gallery at Evergreen. Her latest research focuses on manifestations of slowness in cinema and, with core collaborators Laura June Albert and Tomoyo Yamada, embodied and somatic understandings of camera operation. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Media Arts from SFU with a focus on cinema. Michelle is dedicated to expanding accessibility and honouring under-acknowledged forms of knowing and learning. She understands filmmaking as collective work that holds the potential to build and shape communities. She has contributed to GUTS Feminist Magazine, has served on DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Screening Committee, is currently part of the Access Team at Healing Justice podcast, and volunteers with the youth program at QMUNITY.

Portia Kuivi
Arts & Communications Manager

Portia is a Psychology major and Commerce minor, completing her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. Aspiring to establish a non-profit organisation herself, Portia is continuously inspired by entities that support and educate their communities. She has developed her marketing skills working with several establishments such as the South African Ideas Festival, Newmont Mining Corporation (Ghana) and UBC Africa Business Club, just to name a few.

Portia is especially interested in the film and theatre industry, having performed in a number of small-scaled drama productions herself. She is honoured to be working with a team that supports and contributes to the success of media artists and filmmakers in Vancouver.

Daniela Rodriguez
Programs Assistant

Daniela is a recent graduate in Anthropology and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about poetry & screenwriting, art making in community, and analogue practices. For the past four years, she has been involved in the local film festival scene: as a volunteer and a member of the Youth Jury at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, and as a pre-screener programmer at the Vancouver Short Film Festival.

She considers film to be a powerful medium to bring communities together and to offer insight into different modes of being and knowing. Daniela believes it is crucial to provide platforms for independent filmmakers and artists where stories and encounters can be shared, especially those who have been discouraged or underrepresented. She aspires to become a facilitator in education and public programming, considering that freedom to experiment, accessibility, creative exploration and play should always be taken seriously. Daniela is excited and honoured to be part of the team at Cineworks.

You can reach out to her via email at


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