Film Training Manitoba Launches the Annual Carole Vivier Outstanding Builder Award

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s training organization for media-based professionals, Film Training Manitoba (FTM) presented the inaugural Carole Vivier Outstanding Builder Award on Monday, June 24.

After three decades of leadership and passion in Manitoba’s film and music industries, Manitoba Film & Music (MFM) CEO & Film Commissioner Carole Vivier announced her retirement, effective June 28, 2019. During her time at MFM, Manitoba’s film production volume has grown from $12 million in 1992 to nearly $270 million in 2019. Through the international relationships Vivier built as the province’s Film Commissioner, six of the six MPAA / Motion Picture Association of America Studios (Warner Brothers, Sony / Columbia, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount & NBC Universal) have filmed in Manitoba, as well as many other renowned studios and producers such as MGM and Amblin. The province’s music industry has similarly blossomed into a major economic driver, with more musicians per capita than any other province.

“Carole Vivier is an internationally recognized executive and champion of Manitoba’s growing and dynamic media production industry. FTM’s board of directors have unanimously voted to name this annual award in her honour and our FTM team is looking forward to reconizing the outstanding efforts of our industry’s talented technical, logistical and creative workers in subsequent years through this new honour.” said FTM’s Board of Directors Co-Chair Steven Foster.

This award, the first of its kind in Canada, will be presented on an annual basis to recognize Manitoba-based media production leaders who have provided outstanding service in growing the media production industry through championing education, training and mentorship.

Carole Vivier Biography

Carole Vivier, CEO & Film Commissioner for Manitoba Film & Music, is a passionate champion of Manitoba’s creative and cultural sector. For three decades, she has been at the forefront of developing Manitoba’s film and music industries into international success stories. Her tireless efforts have earned her a reputation as an effective and forward-thinking business leader. In addition to her work at MFM, Carole has served on the boards of the National Screen Institute, the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Canadian Film Centre Feature Film Advisory Committee, Burton Cummings Theatre Performing Arts Group, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Film Training Manitoba, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, and others. Carole was also instrumental in bringing the JUNOS to Winnipeg in 2005 and was Co-Chair of the 2014 Winnipeg Juno Host Committee. Carole is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Order of Manitoba and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Board of Directors Tribute. She is also an inductee of the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame.


About FTM:

Film Training Manitoba provided skills development training programs, career counselling, and information on emerging trends in the film industry. FTM is dedicated to providing high-calibre, industry responsive professional development for emerging and existing film crew, writers, producers, actors, and directors. FTM’s programs include entry and advanced level programming, online courses, work experience placements, mentorships, and community outreach.

For more information, please contact:

Mauro Ferritto
Communications and Programs Manager
Film Training Manitoba
(204) 989-9669

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