Film Training Manitoba Sets New Attendance Record for Province’s Film Industry Training

Film Training Manitoba (FTM) reached the highest registration numbers in its 20-year history with 1,435 participations during the 2020 fiscal year.

This was thanks in part to management restructuring and a renewed focus on pursuing the organization goal of providing innovative workforce development programs for members of Manitoba’s dynamic film industry.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, FTM is projecting to exceed 1,600 total participations before the end of the fiscal year which ends on March 31, 2021. This includes online certification courses and 55 in-class and remote training sessions.

“FTM’s innovative programming, especially its responsive development of COVID-19 safety training courses, helped Manitoba’s industry weather the pandemic,” said FTM’s Board Chairperson Andrew Yankiwski. “The workforce development Film Training Manitoba provides is clearly a major strength in building and growing the province’s film industry.”

Participants were attracted by new programming partnerships with the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), Red River College, and the National Screen Institute of Canada (NSI) as well as the highly successful BIPOC Performers Initiative in partnership with ACTRA Manitoba.

In addition, FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk was appointed Chairperson to a new Program Advisory Committee at Assiniboine Community College’s Creative Media Program.

Through responsible fiscal management and affordable registrations fees, FTM has also projected to run a modest budget surplus for 2020-2021.

About Film Training Manitoba  

Film Training Manitoba is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s Sector Council Program funded by the Department of Economic Development and Training. FTM provides workforce and human resource development to build 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 industry-driven, skill-based training that is targeted where labour gaps occur.  

FTM media contact  

Mauro Ferritto, Senior Programs & Communications Manager  

Tel: 204-989-9669 ext.3 or email: mauro@filmtraining.mb.ca  

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