The Winnipeg Film Group announces departure of Executive Director Cecilia Araneda
Araneda will continue to support the organization through its upcoming transition process

The Winnipeg Film Group announces the departure of Executive Director Cecilia Araneda on February 17, 2017.

Since her appointment in 2006, Araneda has guided the organization through significant evolution. Araneda’s efforts to open and diversity the organization, and to modernize the facility and its technical holdings will undoubtedly be remembered as a significantly important contribution to filmmaking in Manitoba.

During her ten years with the Winnipeg Film Group, Araneda has overseen a 33% growth in revenue and created increased possibilities for the organization in this manner. These strategies helped stabilize the Winnipeg Cinematheque wing of the organization in particular to overcome a financially-challenging period.

Araneda has also overseen the development of targeted programming to increase participation in the organization by Indigenous and women filmmakers, and to ensure that the Winnipeg Film Group retained its status as a centre of excellence in Canada for analogue filmmaking practices.

“We are thankful to Cecilia for guiding the Winnipeg Film Group through its artistic and organizational growth over the last ten years. We look forward to seeing what her next chapter brings,” noted Kayla Jeanson, President of the Winnipeg Film Group’s Board of Directors. “We are thankful for her offer to remain available to provide mentorship support during our upcoming transition process.”

“Nearly every day these past ten years, I have been reminded what an immense privilege it is to be the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group,” added Cecilia Araneda. “I have been able to see first-hand how the strategic decisions the organization makes have a direct and significant impact on the filmmaking community in Manitoba and, in particular, how they create opportunities for young filmmakers that would otherwise not exist in the province.”

The Winnipeg Film Group board of directors will shortly commence a process to hire its next permanent Executive Director and will communicate the specifics of these plans widely in the coming weeks.