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How It Started

Wookey Films was co-founded by Jérémie and Janelle Wookey, a Franco-Métis brother-sister filmmaking team born and raised in the Canadian prairies.

As little kids they chewed through a number of home video cameras and spent endless hours on iMovie producing (among other things) some pretty confusing fiction films, elaborate sit-down talk shows and documentary shorts about Simba, the family Bichon-Frise.

Their ‘big-break’ came in 2008 when their independent short documentary Mémère Métisse, premiered on opening night of the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto and was acquired for air on CBC, Radio-Canada and APTN.

Following the success of Mémère Métisse, the two accrued a combined 7 years of experience working in Winnipeg’s CBC/Radio-Canada newsroom. In 2013, they took a leap of faith, launching Wookey Films Inc. where they’ve since been producing English, French and Indigenous language documentary programming for CBC, Radio-Canada, APTN and Unis TV5.

With every project, WFI’s objective is to tell stories that contribute to building stronger bridges between Canadians, promoting a deeper level of understanding and empathy through smart, entertaining content.

Janelle Wookey


Janelle has been picturing doing what she does today since she was 5 years old. Her curiosity and unique sense of wonder are what drive her most as a storyteller. Since launching Wookey Films, she’s had the opportunity to develop her ‘left-brain’ and now actually cherish the hours she gets to spend on Microsoft Excel.  Her love of entertaining audiences is fulfilled both through her work as a content producer and through living room performances of lip-synced Barbra Streisand show tunes.

Jérémie Wookey


Jérémie’s artistic intuition & technical skills have been central in the conception and continued growth of Wookey Films. His unique blend of modesty and ambition help keep his team both focused and inspired. Jeremie is passionate about developing authentic, smart and fresh content that connects with audiences from coast to coast.


Assistant Editor


Business Affairs

With more than 25 years of experience in the production industry, Colleen Alksnis has accrued a unique and deeply valuable skillset. As a free-lance Producer, Production Manager, Bookkeeper and Tax Credit Administrator, her unparalleled understanding of the business side of television production in Manitoba make her an integral member of the Wookey Films team. Colleen has worked on numerous award-winning productions for CBC, APTN and CTV (among others) alongside many (if not the majority) of Manitoba’s most successful Producers.

Marlène Desaulniers-Bernard

Marlène Desaulniers-Bernard

Production Manager

Marlène credits much of her creativity and discipline to the 15+ years she dedicated to an artistic sport. As an elite athlete, Marlène competed in synchronized swimming at the national and international levels. A graduate of the Université de Saint-Boniface, Marlène joins Wookey Films with several years of experience in the business and legal sectors. Having developed strong organizational skills and possessing a great attention to detail, the Franco-Manitoban offers a blend of structure with a love of artistry.


Wookey Films is located in the heart of the Exchange District in suite 705 at 70 Arthur Street.

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