Manitoba’s New TAKE 5: Film/TV Sessions Was a Box Office Smash!

Manitoba Film & Music and Film Training Manitoba partnered to create the new TAKE 5: Film & TV Industry Sessions for the Gimli Film Festival 2021. The aim of the sessions was to develop a new series of professional development to advance the skills of Manitoba’s content creators.

The programming of five sessions was a collection of ninety-minute interactive industry panels to support the growth and development of Manitoba’s content creators.

“Our industry’s film commission, Manitoba Film and Music, brought great business intelligence and programming to this important new partnership and all of the panels were engaging and provided a one-of-a-kind learning experience during Manitoba’s excellent Gimli Film Festival.” Said FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk.

Panelists and moderators included:

  • Becki Brisson – Shaw Rocket Fund
  • Mauro Ferritto – Film Training Manitoba
  • Niv Fichman – Rhombus Media
  • Helena Fleger – Urban Prairie Post
  • John Galway – Corrib Entertainment
  • Sean Garrity – Filmmaker
  • Aaron Graham – Writer & Production Manager
  • Melanie Hadley – WarnerMedia
  • Liz Jarvis – Buffalo Gal
  • Suzanne Lacey – Bell Fund
  • Shawn Linden – Filmmaker
  • Louise O’Brien-Moran – Manitoba Film & Music
  • Alex Rogalski– Hot Docs
  • Shamim Sarif – Filmmaker
  • Danny Schur – Writer, Producer & Composer
  • Adam Smoluk – Film Training Manitoba
  • Leslie Stafford – Lassie Projects
  • Andrew Yankiwski – Precursor Productions

About Manitoba Film & Music
Manitoba film programs administered by Manitoba Film & Music are a catalyst for Manitoba’s film industry through the development, support and investment in Manitoba content. Manitoba Film & Music is generously funded by the province of Manitoba through the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage, with the objective to stimulate creative content that results in inward investment, local employment, and IP for Manitoba artists and companies.

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 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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