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Introduction To Film Accounting

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - December 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


with Phil Doerksen

Red River College – Princess Street Campus (160 Princess St.), Room P318

* FTM is offering this two-day course at a discounted rate. (The course is valued at $360 per person.)*


Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the Accounting Department. From wider scope of where productions fit into the industry, narrowed down to why the procedures and systems in accounting matter.

Methods and procedures used in the accounting department, across various production genres, for television series and/or feature length films.

The course will explore the numerous accounting processes from the pre-production to post-production.  There will be practical exercises such as coding purchase orders (PO’s) and matching PO’s to invoices, auditing petty cash and filing. A summary look at payroll forms and labour agreements. This course is designed to teach the duties and responsibilities of an accounting assistant in the film industry.


NOTE: A confidentiality agreement will need to be signed on the day of the workshop for materials distributed during the workshop.



About the Instructor

PHIL DOERKSEN has been an independent accounting consultant since 1999, working primarily in the film industry, but also with manufacturing, documentary and abattoir businesses. His personal motto is that he puts logical business order into your creative business. Phil has worked as a production accountant on feature films such as The Tamed Ones, Faces in the Crowd, Hungry Hills, Stephen King’s Dolan Cadillac, Surveillance and Wrong Turn 4.

As well as working on the television series Little Mosque on the Prairie – seasons 1 and 2 (Saskatchewan portion) and InSecurity as well as Sunnyside; More recently on Chesapeake Shores Season 1 and 2. Phil has been a producer and co-producer on various features and MOW’s. Phil is dedicated to ongoing professional development and has taken the following courses through the Directors Guild of Canada; Designing the Schedule, Production Accounting Workshop, and Post Production Course. Phil completed his Business Administration certificate from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003 and attended the Executive Management Intensive Training Program offered by Banff Executive leadership Inc. in 2005. Phil is currently the Production Accountant for the upcoming television series Chesapeake Shores.





Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy


  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours.
  • We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.


Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard (credit & debit) only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy


  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.



Breaks and refreshments


All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am
December 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm