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

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

Eric Chi Keung Chan

Journalist, Producer

Eric Chi Keung Chan has worked for over 20 years in journalism for newspapers, magazines and television. He is the former producer of the Shaw community channel show “Saltwater City TV.” He is currently the News Editor of Ming Pao Daily News. He is also the current producer of the daily video news broadcast “Ming Pao 530 News.” Born in Hong Kong, China, he became a citizen of Canada in 2000 and is fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Tenure with Organization: joined Cineworks in 2021

Toni-Lynn Frederick
Co-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 Runné
Co-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

Illene Yu

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

Melanie Aulin

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

Carole Zhang

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 Small
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).

Colin Williscroft
Facilities and Equipment Manager

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 completed its hiring process for a new Facilities and Equipment Manager. An introduction to our new Facilities and Equipment Manager, Colin Williscroft, will be coming soon.

Craig Boyle
Community and Education Coordinator

With a passion for film, Craig looks forward to applying his experience in marketing, social media, and event coordinating to his new role as Community Education Coordinator.

He loves everything about film and is excited to continue to learn about this evolving art form and the independent filmmaking community at Cineworks. There is something special about the process of telling a story through a lens, especially in the world of analog filmmaking, and Craig considers film to be a powerful medium to bring communities together and to offer insight into different modes of being and knowing. Craig is excited and honoured to be part of the team at Cineworks.

His education background is diverse, from Capilano, Simon Fraser University & Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he earned his General Arts Degree primarily focusing on Psychology, Philosophy and Art History, before specializing in marketing at BCIT where he earned his Marketing Management & Events Marketing Certificate.

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Craig’s parents emigrated from Scotland which has granted him access to a United Kingdom Passport which gave him the opportunity to work within the European Union and the United Kingdom, travel throughout Europe and visit many of the art works that he has studied.

He particularly loves a documentary films and especially appreciates the opportunity to experience storytelling through visual art in its many forms.

Craig is eager to tap into the membership community for suggestions for workshops, screenings and educational events. If you’ve got any ideas to share or are interested in potentially leading a workshop, sharing your work through a screening, please reach out to him at


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