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Co-Director | Adam Smoluk, CPHR
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. 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.
Co-Director | Allison Bile
Programs & Communications Manager | Mauro Ferritto
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 attending film screenings and reviewed potential distribution of independent productions. In addition, while at New Line he provided coverage on screenplays for potential production.
Mauro worked in the Locations department on the independent 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 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.
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.
Finance Coordinator | Kathe Meseman