June 3, 2020 –
Film Training Manitoba (FTM) and William F. White (WFW) conducted a tour of William F. White International Inc. Winnipeg for the Honourable Ralph Eichler (Lakeside), Minister of the Province of MB’s Economic Development and Training.
FTM and WFW have a long collaborative training history of providing joint cutting-edge technical programming for Manitoba’s dynamic film and television industry. This tour was led by FTM’s Adam Smoluk (Managing Director), FTM Co-Chair Terence Fuller (Steward of IATSE 856), WFW’s Michael Drabot (Vice President/General Manager) and Craig Aftanas (Manager Operations – WFW Winnipeg).
“Our team greatly appreciates Minister Eichler’s engagement and connection with technical training and skills development of Manitobans toward jobs and careers. Film industry leaders like Terence Fuller, Michael Drabot and Craig Aftanas have all tirelessly supported workforce developed to grow our industry — this was an excellent event.” Said Smoluk.
Film Training Manitoba a member of the sector council program funded by the Province of Manitoba’s Economic Development and Training. Film Training Manitoba’s goal is to develop a highly skilled and adaptable workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community. With this information FTM offers practical, skill-based training that is targeted where labour gaps occur.
“As we reopen our economy, our film industry is one of the sectors that is in a great position to be successful and play a big part in Manitoba’s economic recovery,” said Minister Eichler. “Film Training Manitoba and William F. White will be a big part of this success, and shows that our film business is alive and well.”
For more than 50 years, William F. White International Inc. (“Whites” to our friends and family) has equipped Canada’s film and television industry with the most extensive and technologically advanced rental inventory in the country. As Canada’s only national equipment provider, WFW is proud to support productions of all kinds, from tentpole studio feature films to experimental proof-of-concept web shorts and everything in between. WFW Winnipeg, has proudly serviced the Manitoba film and television industry since 1998. With approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space that houses six full-service loading bays, the facility is located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport and only 15 minutes away from the downtown core. WFW services productions of all sizes, including Channel Zero, Tales from the Loop, Night Hunter, Cult of Chucky and Siberia.
Photo (L to R): Craig Aftanas, Michael Drabot, Adam Smoluk, Hon. Ralph Eichler and Terence Fuller.