Are you an artist with sound or video work you’d like to distribute? Let Video Pool do it for you!


Video Pool’s climate controlled tape archive holding 40 years worth of media production on the Canadian Prairies.

Our Distribution Department has been part of the organization since our inception in 1983, holds more than 2,100 titles representing around 600 Canadian artists, with works dating from the 1960s to today. Our catalogue includes video art, sound art, video installations and socially aware documentaries. The catalogue is made available for gallery exhibitions, screenings, sales to educational institutions and research purposes.

Video Pool Media Arts Centre is home to a temperature and humidity-controlled vault, where we preserve and care for the history of video and sound-based media art created in Manitoba and Canada.

Our goal is to assist artists in getting paid for their work and to expose prairie media art to the world. We offer preview online previews, curated packages and screenings by appointment. Our catalogue is part of VUCAVU.com a new online distribution platform making Canadian Independent film and video available to the public and professionals looking to purchase Media Art.

With a particular focus on contemporary Canadian prairie artists, Video Pool’s distribution department is always accepting applications of new sound and video works for our catalogue.

What are our key goals?

  • To create income for artists
  • To increase awareness and viewership of artists’ works
  • To preserve the work in our catalogue for ongoing exhibition and historic purposes
  • To continue to build a comprehensive collection of Canadian, prairie video and sound art

Where does Video Pool submit work?

  • Video Pool monitors a vast network of local, national and international submission calls, we submit our artists’ videos and sound art to festivals, university libraries, artist-run centres, cinemas, broadcast avenues and galleries
  • For Canadian submission opportunities we only submit to venues that pay artists fees according to the CARFAC or IMAA guidelines and that do not charge submission fees.
  • For international opportunities we do occasionally submit to festivals that do not pay artist fees however we do not submit if a submission fee is charged.

If you sign a distribution contract with Video Pool can you also use another distributor, or distribute yourself?

  • YES! Distribution agreements are non-exclusive, meaning that you retain full rights to your work and are able to solicit additional exhibitions that may fall outside of our mandate.

What are the costs?

  • In order for your work to be in active distribution you must be a Video Pool member. All membership categories include the option of submitting your work to distribution. The lowest cost membership is the General Membership at $30 / year.
  • When Video Pool does secure screenings, exhibitions or sales of your work 70% of the revenue is paid to you and Video Pool retains 30%.
  • There are no other costs!

How do you submit?

  • Contact distribution coordinator Jen Smith at 204-949-9134 ext. 4 or vpdist@videopool.org
  • Send a preview DVD, CD or online link for her to review

If your work is selected what material will you need to provide?

  • Signed contract
  • Signed and completed ‘Schedule A’ including details about your work
  • Artist bio (under 50 words)
  • Synopsis (under 50 words)
  • High quality files for presentation (Apple ProRes .mov for video work, Uncompressed .wav or aiff file for audio work)
  • 3 high resolution stills (for video work) .jpeg
  • High resolution photo of the artist .jpeg

Still not sure if Video Pool is the right place for you to distribute your work? Contact distribution coordinator Jen Smith at 204-949-9134 ext. 4 or vpdist@videopool.org
She will be able determine whether we’d be a good fit.

Video Pool also facilitates curated packages – including Winnipeg 19: Experimental Cinema from the Coldest City on Earth. It showcases videos from both the Winnipeg Film Group and Video Pool. Past curated packages include Grant Guy’s Walking and Being, which sprouted from the prairie soil to both enlighten and illuminate. Currently Video Pool is proud to support the touring show Escape, curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden. Prairie artists looking for a way to reach a larger audience may submit works to Video Pool. Programmers and curators wanting to see everything that the prairies has to offer in moving images and sound, will want to let us know. We’ll show you what over 30 years of prairie media art looks like.

Distribution Coordinator
Jen Smith
204.949.9134 ext. 4