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 email@example.com or 604 685 3841 with questions or concerns as to how we can meet your needs.
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:
- An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion action plan in our strategic plan.
- Ongoing anti-oppression and decolonization training of staff and leadership.
- An internal accessibility audit and publication of our safe space policy.
- 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
Fine Art Photographer
Still Photography & Analog Film Technician
Motion Picture Laboratory, Quality Control (Technicolor), Retired
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.
Tenure with Organization: joined the Cineworks board in 2017 and Cineworks in 2006
Multi-media Artist, Educator
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.
Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2017
Toni-Lynn FrederickCo-Vice President & Secretary
Filmmaker, Installation Artist, Educator,
Toni-Lynn Frederick is a filmmaker, writer, and installation artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her academic credits include degrees from Capilano U, UBC, and SFU, and 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. She has taught both film production and history and is the founder of the Vancouver Free School. In addition to working on her own digital video and analogue film practice, Toni-Lynn works as the Video Testimony Project Coordinator for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and is the recent recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Award. Since joining the Cineworks Board in 2015, Toni-Lynn has largely focused on governance work, including board succession and bylaw compliance.
Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2015
Christoph RunnéCo-Vice President
Filmmaker, Installation Artist, Educator
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.
Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2016
Graphic Designer, Art Director
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.
Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2020
Provincial Practice Consultant
Melanie Aulin holds a Master’s 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.
Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2020
Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant
Carole is a Vancouver based designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). After graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Accounting Degree, she has been active and working in the accounting field for over 10 years. She has full cycle accounting experience and knowledge in the non-profit, retail, restaurant and property management industries.
Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2017
Dan SmallInterim Executive Director
Dan Small joined Cineworks as the interim Executive Director in 2021. He brings over two decades of experience within the non-profit sector, in addition to a wide range of academic accomplishments.
Dan has had a long-standing interest in film, culture and narrative. He is particularly interested in community-based collaboration, independent filmmaking, strategies to remove barriers to filmmaking and the power of film to challenge otherwise accepted assumptions about the social world. Dan’s expansive career in not-for-profit began in the mental health field in the 1980's and has included extensive proposal writing and fundraising within both the government and private sector, as well as the set-up, implementation and management of "low barrier" healthcare and housing projects designed to reach marginalized populations facing intersecting inequalities which put them at risk for social and healthcare exclusion.
Dan has made it his professional goal to use sociocultural analysis to unpack professional, institutional and societal narratives in order to help create more person-centred approaches to the delivery of community services. As an honourary research associate at the University of BC, Dan has a PhD in medical anthropology (UBC), an MPhil in circumpolar studies (Cambridge), and undergraduate degrees in sociology and anthropology (SFU) as well as psychology (SFU).
Facilities & Equipment ManagerRecruitment underway
The Facilities and Equipment Manager serves as the first point of contact between the organization and our membership, providing assistance for facilities & equipment rental, member services, and support for production & post-production needs. The FEM is an integral part of the Cineworks team, providing both technical support and guidance to our members, as well as conducting outreach to advance the community that our membership serves. Cineworks is nearly completed its hiring process for a new Facilities and Equipment Manager. An update will be coming soon.
Community & Education LiaisonRecruitment underway
CINEWORKS INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS SOCIETY is presently hiring a new COMMUNITY & EDUCATION LIAISON
Position Title: Community & Education Liaison Deadline to apply: Friday, 3 May 2021, Midnight Start Date: Monday, 1 June 2021 Wage rate: $22.50 per hour Status: Permanent position, 30 hours per week. (5 days a week @ 6.5 hrs p/day with a half hour unpaid meal break, 2 paid x 15 min coffee breaks, entitlement to group medical benefits plan, and 2 weeks of paid vacation after 1 year of employment)
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 11:30am - 6pm; with some flexibility for outreach & events
The Organization Established in 1980, in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is a non-profit artist-run centre that supports independent filmmakers, media artists, and arts audiences through facilities and initiatives that assist in the production, distribution, and exhibition of independent, non-commercial analogue and digital films. The initiatives of Cineworks provide facilities aimed at maximizing creative human employment potential in the relief of poverty and increasing the awareness of the investigative, expressive, and transformative powers of the moving image.
Applications Welcome Cineworks is committed to upholding the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strongly encourage applications from peoples of underrepresented groups and those who have faced systemic barriers at institutions, including cis, trans, two-spirit and non-binary, and BIPOC. We also recognize that diverse lived experience and knowledge can support a candidate’s eligibility outside of formal education and/or employment classifications.
The Position Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society seeks a Community & Education Liaison (CEL) to join our team.
The CEL will develop connections with the public and our membership by: designing, facilitating, and evaluating educational programs; advising on artistic projects; and researching, planning, and implementing community outreach and screening events. The CEL will also assist in fundraising, special projects, archival and printed matter development, as well as overseeing online communications and volunteer support.
The CEL will engage with the membership and public to assist in the production, distribution, and exhibition of independent films. The CEL will develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of Cineworks’ equipment, facilities, and programs. The CEL will collaborate with our Facilities & Equipment Manager to help artists maximize Cineworks’ resources. The ideal candidate will be able to identify and connect with a wide variety of potential participants and contributors to workshops, programs, and exhibitions related to analogue and digital film.
An important part of this position will be the ongoing development of educational programming, including outreach to elementary and post-secondary students, as well as underprivileged youth within our community. Through research, discussion, collaboration, and submissions, the CEL will develop and implement an engaging, relevant, and sustainable schedule of year-round programming. As such, the ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of film history, theory, production and post-production, as well as education, outreach and programming. The CEL will also work directly with the Executive Director to create a schedule of programs in collaboration with non-profit and community organizations in and beyond the Lower Mainland.
The CEL reports directly to the Executive Director and is one of two senior members within Cineworks’ employee team.
General Responsibilities: • Build and expand community ties via ongoing outreach and community engagement • Develop budgets and financial plans for programs, workshops, and artist residencies • Work directly with the ED to secure funding through private donors, as well as national, provincial, and municipal public resources • Meet regularly with staff to clearly communicate key projects and tasks • Provide regular leadership and guidance to new and existing Cineworks members • Liaise with local, national, and international artists to create outreach through workshops, screenings, events, and residencies • Devise accessible educational programs at Cineworks, with sensitivity toward a diverse level of skill sets, interests, learning modalities, and lived experiences • Create educational and outreach programs that support both analogue film and digital video art practices • Attend meetings as required, and deliver reports and updates around major projects, grants, and programs • Provide leadership and mentorship to junior staff, interns, and volunteers • Work with the ED to develop and preserve archival materials associated with the organization • Write accessible materials for programs, press, and grant applications • Maintain visibility in communications through online channels • Other duties as required
Required Skills and Education: • A university degree or equivalent experience in arts or culture related roles, preferably based in film, education, or programming • Experience with community outreach and engagement, including an in-depth understanding of Canadian artist-run centres • Technical and creative experience with digital and analogue filmmaking • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with the ability to listen and connect with people from a variety of backgrounds • Detail oriented with excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills • Comfortable working independently • Capable of increasing the profile of Cineworks through projects, partnerships, and collaborations • Experience working with online communication campaigns to boost membership engagement and outreach • Knowledge of content required for various social media platforms and their respective audiences (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Mailchimp) • Able to work collaboratively with permanent staff, project, contract, and remote staff • Clear and accessible communication skills when delivering complex project planning and reporting • Strong understanding of the complex system of barriers within filmmaking itself that limit the participation of victims of poverty • Experience working with a diverse group of artists and community members, with previous collaborations with Indigenous, LGBTQ2S, and POC communities an asset • Knowledge of non-profit artist-run board governance and policies an asset
Workplace Ethics: Cineworks promotes an inclusive and respectful working environment in which all staff, members, and the public are entitled to equitable and fair treatment. The CEL is expected to uphold and contribute to this respectful and welcoming environment. The CEL will exercise confidentiality towards sensitive, personal, and private information encountered through professional communications during their employment at Cineworks.
To apply please submit a CV and detailed cover letter addressing your relevant experience to the responsibilities above, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only candidates that are short-listed will be contacted.
Portia KuiviArts & 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 RodriguezPrograms 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 email@example.com.
Cineworks gratefully acknowledges the ongoing financial support of our major funders:
Thank you to our community partners and sponsors:
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is responsible for operating in compliance with the Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC.
To attend a Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society film screening (which may not have been classified by Consumer Protection BC), you must be a Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society member.
Membership is by annual subscription and is limited to persons who are 18 years of age or over.
Only members are permitted to be present at the place where a non-classified film is being exhibited.
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information or education.