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TAX CREDITS and BUDGETING for Low Budget Productions

October 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


with Colleen Alksnis

Saturday, October 29th | 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

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




Filmmaking is a true blend of business and creativity and making a film takes more than just picking up a camera and shooting a scene. More than anything they may encounter on set, one of the most baffling questions facing a filmmaker has more to do with raising funds and how to handle the ensuing tax credit application.


This one-day workshop with Colleen Alksnis will aim to answer as many of the questions you already have and the ones you haven’t even thought of yet.

Topics covered will include:


  • Overview and explanation of provincial (MFM) and federal (CAVCO) tax credits
  • Financial structure of the production
  • Bookkeeping practices for production accountants
  • Cost reports
  • Paperwork overview (release forms, deal memos, invoices, etc.)
  • Corporate filing



The Instructors


COLEEN ALKSNIS has been freelancing in the business affairs area of television for the last ten years beginning with 6 years on The Sharing Circle with Meeches Productions as producer, production manager, production accountant and production coordinator.


Local production companies such as Frantic Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Media Rendezvous, Rivard, Midcan, Eagle Vision and Animiki See have provided more experience for Colleen in the areas of production accounting, production managing, business affairs and tax credits. Colleen was also the business manager for APTN’s 2010 Winter Olympic Coverage.


Prior to working in this area of television, Colleen was employed at Videon Cable 11 for 13 years in all aspects of production from camerawork to editing to writing, directing and producing, and finally executive producing CityScape with Marcy Markusa.


For the past 10 years, Colleen has enjoyed meeting and working with numerous local independent producers; many of them producing shows for MTS. She maintains a goal of taking care of the paperwork so the producers can concentrate on creating the best shows possible.





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.




Film Training Manitoba’s workshop training program is generously funded by the provincial government department of Jobs and the Economy.




October 29, 2016
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Red River
160 Princess St
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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