The 'MMPIA Training Program' is run as a project of the Manitoba Motion Pictures Industries Association, featuring both courses and work experience placements. As film production continues to increase, the need for an organization with its own Board, office and staff, solely focused on film training is recognized.
Film Training Manitoba is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. FTM’s goal is to assist in the establishment of more crews through training new entrants to the industry and upgrading existing crew. FTM also administers professional development funds for senior crewmembers and Above the Line personnel.
FTM offers training to 320 people during its first fiscal year, resulting in more than 113 training opportunities (workshops, work experience placements, funding for out-of-province professional development).
The Above the Line Training Program is launched with 4 pilot courses. This program provides training and professional development for Manitoban writers, producers and directors in order to further develop indigenous talent for the betterment of the local industry.
After extensive consultation with the film community, the Above the Line Program staff develop a calendar of courses for its second year that includes Judith Weston’s Acting for Writers, Directors and Producers, E. Jane Thompson’s Directing for Series Television and Marguerite Pigott/Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy’s The Essential Questions.
The ATL Training Program launches the Director Observer Program. This program offers opportunities for Manitoba directors to observe other directors at work. The program provides directors with practical insights into a variety of working methods and media, and increases their knowledge and skills base. Placements occur throughout the year and are entirely dependent on local production.
The ATL Training Program launches the Producer and Writer Internship Program. This program provides opportunities for on-the-job training for qualified emerging producers and screenwriters, exposing them to professional television or film production techniques and practices.
The Crew Internship Pilot Program is launched. This program provides six-month internships to 12 crew trainees a year. In addition to placements on commercial film sets, trainees also have the opportunity to work with production companies and/or film-related businesses such as equipment houses or production facilities.