Ensemble Filmmaking Workshop

Want to make a short film inspired by the Ensemble exhibition at The Polygon Gallery? This free four-session workshop, runs on Thursdays starting March 31, will introduce participants to the basics of digital movie making, resulting in original short film projects that will be presented during a special event at The Polygon Gallery. Please note that participants must attend the Ensemble exhibition at The Polygon before the workshop begins; Ensemble runs until March 13th. No previous experience necessary!

Using smartphones and free video editing software, each participant will make their own original short film exploring questions and themes raised by the artworks at the Ensemble exhibition.


This is a virtual workshop hosted remotely via Zoom and other online resources (templates, instructional videos, handouts). The introductory session and the final screening event will take place on-site at The Polygon Gallery. 

This workshop is available to anyone ages 16+ interested in making a short film project inspired by the Ensemble exhibition at The Polygon Gallery. Guided by experts from The Cinematheque and The Polygon Gallery, participants will independently work through a series of activities, culminating in a 1–3 minute video that will be screened at The Polygon in Spring 2022.

Participants should expect to devote a few hours each week on their film project, in addition to the 90 minute weekly Zoom call. Facilitators from The Cinematheque will be available to answer questions and troubleshoot problems.

Required Equipment

Participants need a smartphone with a working camera and a computer capable of downloading and running Filmora X video editor. Participants will receive instructions and login information to use Filmora free of charge. If access to a computer or smartphone is a barrier, please get in touch with The Cinematheque at learn@​thecinematheque.​ca.


Click here to register!
Deadline March 10 2022
Free and open to anyone ages 16+ 
Joining us from outside of Metro Vancouver? We will contact you with details about how to access select artworks from the Ensemble exhibition. 


Participants should plan to visit the Ensemble exhibition at The Polygon in their own time, between its opening on February 23rd and its closing on March 13th.

March 31 – Welcome & Concept Development

April 7 (Thursday) – Shooting

April 14 (Thursday) – Editing

April 21 (Thursday) – Rough Cuts & Feedback

April 28 (Thursday) – Final Cut Deadline

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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Image: Rhea Storr, Here is the Imagination of the Black Radical (still), 2020, courtesy the artist and LUX, London