2013 Leadership in the Arts Award - Organization Recipient | Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative

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Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative

The non-profit Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is an artist-run centre which supports and assists independent film and video production in Saskatchewan. For more than 35 years, it has offered programming, equipment, education, guidance, and financial support promoting projects which reflect the individual and collective cultural expression of Saskatchewan people. The Filmpool also publishes the well-known biannual Splice magazine, one of the few Canadian magazines devoted to independent Canadian filmmaking.

The organization hosts some 50 annual events, including local and international exhibitions, technical workshops, and many other artistic and culture-based activities. Eclectic offerings like the International Puppet Underground Film Festival (IPUFF) and Poetry and Film Night draw crowds. Filmpool-specific programs like the week-long Summer Film Camp and One Take Super 8 provide novice and experienced filmmakers hands-on experience creating and screening films.

The Filmpool regularly partners with other arts organizations to support unique projects, such as the Prairie Puppet Underground (Regina Fringe Festival), Screening Under the Steeple (Cathedral Village Arts Festival), and Saskatchewan Culture Days (Creative City Centre). It also encourages and supports film study at the University of Regina by hosting fourth-year student film screenings.

New members are welcome at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative regardless of experience, age, ethnicity, gender, or sexual identity. This open-door philosophy of acceptance and respect has contributed to the lifespan of the organization, and is reflected by the Filmpool's support of events like Queer City Cinema and Mispon: A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking.