In late March, the workforce development organization for Manitoba’s dynamic film industry, Film Training Manitoba (FTM) partnered with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) to provide a special training session on COVID-19 for the company.
“RWB is an internationally-recognized institution and Film Training Manitoba is proud to have jointly provided this important collaborative training for RWB’s personnel,” said FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk.
Emmy award-winning film producer and FTM founding chair Vonnie Von Helmolt connected the two organizations to work together.
“Film Training Manitoba and Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s working together demonstrates the important collaborative nature of the arts within Canada,” said Vonnie Von Helmolt. “Having worked with both, I’m very pleased about this partnership.”
Founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. In 1953, the Company received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
“Film Training Manitoba effectively calibrated this training for the production environment during COVID-19,” David Warburton, Managing Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “This has been a very rewarding partnership.”
FTM is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program funded through the Department of Economic Development and Training. FTM builds a highly skilled and adaptable film industry workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates and partners with members of the film and television industry to identify training needs to support workforce development output.