The WFG’s Board of Directors is a governance board. It maintains the WFG’s Bylaws and ensures that sufficient infrastructure is available to support the mandate of the organization, including directly supporting private-sector fundraising. As the Winnipeg Film Group is an artist-run organization, our Board must be principally comprised of practicing filmmakers and video artists.

Ryan Simmons

Board Chair


Email: board@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Ryan Simmons is a filmmaker with deep ties to The Winnipeg Film Group. After taking the Basic Filmmaking Workshop in 2007 he’s maintained a deep connection to the organisation as a projectionist, workshop instructor, board member and volunteer. Through first hand experience he has a true appreciation of how invaluable the Film Group is as a venue to bring people of all backgrounds together through the creation and appreciation of the art of film. He holds a BA (Adv.) in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba, is a member of the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and serves on the boards of Send+Receive and WNDX.

Kier-La Janisse

Board Vice Chair


Kier-La Janisse is a film writer, programmer, producer and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She is the author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (2012), A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (2007), and has been an editor on numerous books including Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (2021) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) for Severin Films, where she is a producer and editor of supplemental features. She is currently at work on several books including a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter. For more see kierlajanisse.com

Fritzi Adelman

Board Secretary


Based in Winnipeg and Los Angeles, Fritzi Adelman spent over a decade living in Montreal and Toronto where she studied art and cinema (BFA Art History / MA Film Studies) and worked professionally at leading fashion companies and film at festivals (Fantasia International Film Festival, Pop Montreal and TIFF). Making her way westward, she landed in the Bay Area, where she joined director Joe Talbot’s production company Longshot Features – the Sundance Award winning team that created A24 / Plan B’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco – and continues to work as one of Talbot’s closest collaborators.

Fernando Dalayoan

Board Treasurer


Fernando Dalayoan is a Filipino-Canadian filmmaker, writer and performer and educator living in Winnipeg. Several of his short films touch on the theme on Asian diaspora, particularly the Filipino-Canadian experience. Dalayoan’s short films have been screened in Canada and internationally. Young Ligaw, which is Dalayoan`s second film to be awarded the National Film Board of Canada Financial Assistance Program, was officially selected at the 12th DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, 8th Chicago Filipino American Film Festival and International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal. Dalayoan’s most current short film projects include: Ma-Buhay!Musical Broadway Dream (2022) documentary and Regalo (Gift), which received an ACTRA Manitoba MIP Diversity grant award. Both shorts are running in several selected film festivals nationally and internationally.

Marc Greene

Board Officer


Marc Greene is an Indigenous filmmaker and freelance industry professional with over 10 years of experience. Currently residing on Treaty One Territory, Marc’, formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film from the University of Winnipeg, and he is a recent graduate of the Adam Beach Film Institute. Some recent projects Marc has completed include; his personal short film Heart of the Melt. Which was screened at both the Gimli Film Festival and the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in 2021. His documentary style series Tilt Pinball has just completed its second season, all episodes of which are currently available to watch on YouTube. In addition to his most recent and ongoing work Marc was nominated for the Indigenous Film Award at the 2019 ManitoAhbee Festival for his short Don’t Waste a Precious Minute.

Brenda Austin-Smith

Board Officer


Brenda Austin-Smith is a professor at the University of Manitoba where she teaches and researches melodrama, cult film, performance, and documentary film, among other topics. Brenda brings to the WFG years of experience on a variety of boards, both institutional and community. Brenda has also been a long-time supporter of various arts groups during her time in Winnipeg.

Cameron McGowan

Board Officer


Cameron Macgowan is a Canadian filmmaker whose eccentric films have explored subjects ranging from Murderous Suburbanites to Erotic Trolls. His work has won awards and garnered critical acclaim at international film festivals across the world including SXSW, Fantasia, and the Toronto International Film Festival. His debut feature film Red Letter Day was distributed by Epic Pictures after a highly successful film festival run and his short film Liebe (Love) screened at 25 film festivals and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Cameron is also a Lead Programmer with the Calgary Underground Film Festival and the Executive Director of the New University Television Society.

Caelum Vatnsdal

Board Officer


Caelum Vatnsdal was born and raised in Winnipeg, and has always loved watching, writing about, and making films. He has directed shorts, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and features; has worked on movies in various capacities and acted in them; and is the author of three books and innumerable articles on the subject of, you guessed it, film.

Ross Ikeda

Board Officer


In 1992 I had my first start in the Manitoba film industry as an accounting assistant on the Gemini Award winning television production "The Diviners" by Manitoban novelist Margaret Laurence. Thirty years later, I now assist film and television producers maximize the provincial and federal film tax credits. I am semi - retired and I still have a great passion and pride for promoting the Manitoba Film Industry.

Aikaterini Zegeye-Gebrahiwot

Board Officer


Aikaterini Zegeye-Gebrahiwot is an emerging actor born in Harrar, Ethiopia and based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory by way of Athens, Greece. Zegeye-Gebrahiwot completed an honours degree in fine arts at the University of Manitoba and studies Midwifery at the College of Midwives in Athens, Greece. At the school of Art, she specialized in painting and ceramics while pursuing her passion in theatre as an immigrant woman artist. She has completed extensive training at the Actors Training Centre in Winnipeg and has been developed into an interest in filmmaking leading Zegeye-Gebrahiwot to directing a short film, "the bus stop" after taking film training courses at the Winnipeg Film Group. Currently, she is pursuing a mentorship through MAWA with filmmaker Rhayne Vermette. She is also developing a contemporary one woman show of the monologue "Craps Last Tape" by Samuel Becket.

Portrait of Kevin Tabachnick

Kevin Tabachnick

Board Officer


Kevin Tabachnick began pursing film in 2014, when he began shooting his first short film. Since then, Kevin has continued to create films in a variety of genres which have played both nationally and internationally. Kevin has been a consistent presence at the Winnipeg Film Group through the years as an active member and instructor. During this career, Kevin has worked for and with multiple non-profit art organizations through Winnipeg and is currently a practicing lawyer in the areas of labour and employment.


The WFG’s staff is proud to support filmmakers, engage the community and expand the appreciation of independent artistically-driven cinema through our Dave Barber Cinematheque, Distribution and Production Departments.

Leslie Supnet

Executive Director


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 103

Email: leslie@winnipegfilmgroup.com

As Executive Director, Leslie is responsible for managing the overall operations and staff of the Winnipeg Film Group. Leslie serves as the main spokesperson and represents the organization in all professional business capacities.

Dylan Baillie

Production Programs Manager


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 110

Email: dylan@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Dylan is responsible for overseeing the programs in the Production Centre. He also provides senior-level support to other areas of the Production Department.

Luke Roach

Technical and Rentals Coordinator


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 101

Email: luke@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Luke is responsible for coordinating equipment and facilities bookings, maintenance and assisting in the administration of production training programs. He works closely with the Production Programs Manager with the rentals and maintenance of production equipment and facilities, workshop set-up and payment processing.

Mandy Szwaluk

Training & Marketing Coordinator


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 111

Email: mandy@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Mandy is responsible for coordinating workshops, training programs, outreach & social media communications. They work closely with the Technical and Rentals Coordinator with equipment & facilities bookings, workshop set-up, and payment processing. Mandy is also a 2D digital animator who loves video games, and their cat.

Jillian Groening

Jillian Groening

Distribution Director


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 105

Email: jillian@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Jillian oversees the artistic, promotion, and business development of the Distribution Department, as well the departmental finances, human resources, and collections. Additionally, they direct the expansion and development of the Distribution Department through special projects as developed with the Executive Director. They are involved in a variety of special Distribution projects and initiatives involving the work in our collection including the Archive / Counter Archive Case Study for the WFG.

Skye Callow

Collections Coordinator


Email: skye@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Skye Callow is an emerging artist and collections worker who is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Skye received her BFA (hons.) from the University of Manitoba in May of 2022. She works within a spectrum of mediums, with a focus on installation, lens-based media, sound, and performance. Her work is concerned with future and past ecologies. Skye is currently pursuing work in the collection and care of vulnerable archival materials, with a focus on audiovisual and film materials. Through this work, each discipline informs the other by providing insights and contextual understandings of the past, present, and possible futures.

Jaimz Asmundson

Cinematheque Programming Director


Jaimz was the Dave Barber Cinematheque's Programming Director, and worked for the WFG for over 10 years. He was responsible for the artistic and business development of the Cinematheque, as well as managing its staff. Jaimz would oversee the expansion and development of special programming streams for the Cinematheque and was the Producer for the Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival.

Olivia Norquay

Cinematheque Programming Coordinator


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 104

Email: olivia@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Olivia works collaboratively with the Executive Director and is responsible for providing Dave Barber Cinematheque annual programming, including programming for the Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival. She is involved in a variety of special programming events and film series, including Trash Cult Tuesdays and the Bikini Drive-In screening series. Olivia was initially hired as a part-time Programming Coordinator in April 2021 and promoted to full time in April 2022.

Nic Kaneski

Cinematheque Box Office Manager


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 108

Email: nic@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Nic manages the Cinematheque box office, including the daily operation, customer relations, venue rentals and sponsorships. Contact Nic to provide feedback on your Cinematheque experience, as well as request for venue rentals and community partnerships.

Eric Peterson

Cinematheque Head Projectionist


Phone: 204-925-3456 ext 112

Email: projectionist@winnipegfilmgroup.com

Eric manages all technical aspects of the Cinematheque’s operations, including film format testing and conversion, and maintenance of projection equipment. He also produces original content for the Cinematheque, such as: in-house trailers and ad slides, and helps to create Cinematheque’s original commercials, as well as acting as Head Projectionist. Eric should be contacted with any questions regarding the technical specs and capabilities of the Cinematheque.

Jill Voth



Email: bookkeeper@winnipegfilmgroup.com (email is recommended)

Contact our Bookkeeper for general Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable inquiries.

Box Office and Projectionist Staff

Box Office and Projectionist Staff

Box Office Staff: Jonathan Lee-Wing, Dina Hamid, Kristina Ansari, Saleena Zeru, Mulikat Sanni .....Projectionists: Eric Peterson, Sam Sarty, Jonathan Lee-Wing, Kristina Ansari

Mailing address:
Winnipeg Film Group
304 – 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1H3 Canada

Phone: 204-925-3456 (FILM)
Fax: 204-942-6799

General Email: info@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Cinematheque: cinematheque@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Distribution: distribution@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Training: training@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Production: production@winnipegfilmgroup.com

NOTE: While masks are no longer required to be worn in indoor public spaces in Manitoba, individuals are recommended to wear a mask in our offices. If you have been sick, had contact with COVID-19 or a COVID-19 infected person, please refrain from visiting our offices until your symptoms are gone and have tested negative for COVID-19.


Our Production Office – in Room 304 – is open to the general public Monday to Friday, from  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Our Management, Cinematheque and Distribution office – located in Room 018, 100 Arthur Street – is generally open Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM however our staff are often away at meetings or screenings and, for this reason, it is best to contact them individually regarding their availability.

Our Cinematheque theatre is open Tuesday to Sunday. Advanced tickets can be purchased in person at the theatre prior to screenings. We recommend purchasing advanced tickets online.