Film Training MB and IATSE 856 Deliver New Art Department Training Partnership in Summer of 2021

As a result of polling and industry consultations, Film Training Manitoba and IATSE 856 have partnered to deliver a new course for advanced-level technicians centered around budgeting. 

Many industry technicians excel in the areas of design and other technical skills; however, the film industry often has its own unique forms of budgeting in each different department. This can be especially true of the Art Department, and as a result, FTM worked with two senior industry practitioners to create a new FTM course in early June 2021.  

Producer Rhonda Baker, Art Director Bruce Cook, and FTM worked collaboratively to launch the new Budgeting for the Art Department course. The first part of the training was a lecture and tutorial, then following, each participant was given individual one-on-one time with the instructors.

“As a member of the Province of Manitoba’s Sector Council Program, FTM’s mandate is workforce development to grown and build the film and television industry. FTM deeply appreciates the work of our instructors Rhonda Baker and Bruce Cook. We also wish to thank IATSE 856’s Business Agent, Monique Perro and everyone at IATSE 856 for partnering to conduct this great training.” Said FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk.


FTM is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program 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 with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community. 

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