Contact Us

Mail
300 – 245 McDermot Ave
R3B 0S8
Winnipeg, MB
Phone
204.989.9669
Toll Free (in Manitoba)
1.866.989.9669
Email
info@filmtraining.mb.ca
Hours
Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

FTM STAFF

Managing Director  |  Adam Smoluk, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

Adam graduated with a Business Administration diploma from McMaster University and with honours from Red River College (RRC)’s Human Resource Management and Management Development programs. He completed a career employment-coaching certificate from the University of Winnipeg and earned a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) Senior Certified Professional designation. He was selected to RRC’s billboard campaign for distinguished alumni. 

He studied on scholarship at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and was the youngest person ever selected to the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program for professional filmmakers. He was the sole writer from the Americas awarded selection to the 2016 eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriting Program in Lindau, Germany. He served on the executive of Youth Employment Services Manitoba, the ACTRA Manitoba council, and is the former Chair for the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council for young community leaders. He was a key organizer of the first GenNext Summit held in North America.  He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Advisory Board for Essential Skills Manitoba and on the board of directors for the Westland Foundation which provides post-secondary scholarships for inner Winnipeg students.

Adam was a recipient of the Future Leaders of Manitoba award; he was awarded an Investors Group scholarship for leadership studies at The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at the Banff Centre. He was awarded the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Al Cerilli scholarship, a scholarship to attend the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Winnipeg Program and an RBC Foundation scholarship to attend governance training with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

His debut film, HORSETHIEVES was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His second feature film, FOODLAND was acquired by Shaw and premiered on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The film was broadcast on Super Channel and designated to the Gem selections for critically acclaimed films.  He served as a director for the Frantic Films and Discovery Channel’s true crime series IN PLAIN SIGHT.

Adam contributed profiles of the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer and Manitoba Film & Music’s CEO Carole Vivier for THE HEART OF WINNIPEG, a book that profiles community leaders.

Phone: 204.989.9669 ext.1
Email: adam@filmtraining.mb.ca

 


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Operations Manager |  Allison Bile

Allison Bile graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Theatre and French. 

Allison gained an interest in filmmaking through her involvement with the Winnipeg Film Group by attending workshops on experimental filmmaking and volunteering on short films in the costume department.  

In 2009, Allison served as a board member and Secretary on the Winnipeg Film Group. She has also served as volunteer for Cancer Care Manitoba.  In 2003, she completed an internship with FTM in the costume department and was a Permittee with IATSE 856 in costumes.

Allison joined FTM in 2006 and has been promoted to various positions within the organization. She has completed courses on Arts and Culture Management through the University of Winnipeg and is the process of obtaining a certificate on Human Resource Management through Red River College.

Phone: 204.989.9669 ext.2
Email: allison@filmtraining.mb.ca

 



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Senior Programs & Communications Manager  |  Mauro Ferritto
Phone: 204.989.9669 ext.3
Email: mauro@filmtraining.mb.ca

Mauro graduated from The University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Film where screenwriting became a focus for him. While at the U of W, he won the Audience Favourite award for his short film at the University’s Film Festival, and continued on to shoot and direct a number of short films.

He worked at New Line Cinema, based in Los Angeles, in the Acquisitions department. Working for the Head of Acquisitions, Mauro attended film screenings and reviewed potential distribution of independent productions. In addition, while at New Line he provided coverage on screenplays looking for potential production.

Mauro worked in the Locations department on the feature film TEEN LUST and worked as a background actor on a handful of features in Winnipeg.

After writing several feature length screenplays, Mauro was signed by a New York City based Literary Agent for his screenplay based on the true story of the theft of the Mona Lisa.

Mauro then moved to Vancouver for a year where he worked crew and background, as he continued to write.

At FTM, Mauro has been promoted twice to the current position of Senior Programs and Communications Manager. In this position he manages social media, the FTM website, online courses. and is directly involved in the management of FTM’s programming.

Mauro has since written and directed an independent feature film titled ‘The Pre-Drink’.

 

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Workshop Facilitator  |  Erin Hembrador

Erin is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design for Visual Media program. She has a degree in Film from the University of Winnipeg and has been a staff member at FTM since 2016.

Erin has worked in a number of key positions at FTM and currently works at Les Productions MidCan Productions Inc.

Erin has been working on independent film projects for over five years and have been focusing on post production sound. She recently has been putting a focus on writing and directing and was the recipient of the Winnipeg Film Group’s Mosaic Woman’s Film Fund.

Her short film PIECE OF MIND is currently taking home awards while on the festival circuit and gained her a nomination for Best Manitoban Director at the Gimli Film Festival in 2018. 

 

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Finance Coordinator  |  Kathe Meseman