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Occasionally eccentric and always thought-provoking, Broadcast Lab showcases new experimental films while sharing stories, ideas, and connections about Canadian identity and is one of the only permanent exhibition spaces for film and media in Western Canada. See film, video art, animations, and short documentaries, on three media monitors throughout Arts Commons. Through a curatorial selection process, Broadcast Lab programs up to 24 local and national media artists annually in exciting micro-cinema exhibitions running three months in duration. 

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Arts Commons invites media artists to submit their short films, animations, video art, media art, and short documentaries. Visit our Calls for Submissions page for more information.


Current Exhibitions


Jill Roberts

“Sensei” is an award-winning short film about Natalie Olson, the first Canadian with Down syndrome to achieve her black belt in karate, and her coach and friend of over 20 years, Sensei Heather Fidyk.

Jill Roberts is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has encompassed writing and media production since she was an English Literature student and NUTV member at the University of Calgary. Her creative career journey has included advertising, information design, film and television, and leading teams of creative technologists in building underwater and prehistoric digital worlds for museums. 

In 2020, Jill wrote and directed her first narrative short film, B*TCH, through the Herland Mentorship Program. In 2021, she wrote and directed Sensei, a documentary about Natalie Olsen, the first Canadian with Down Syndrome to achieve her black belt.

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