Film Training Manitoba Completes the FILM EXPO Lighting and Grip Bootcamp 2021

Manitoba’s film industry workforce development organization, Film Training Manitoba (FTM) completed the latest Lighting and Grip Bootcamp 2021. 

Held at William F. White’s Winnipeg rental house, FTM’s course was calibrated to develop new workers for technical positions within the film industry. This two-day intensive training featured veteran film instructors Joao Holowka and Gabriel Daniels

“As a long-serving FTM instructor and technician, I know how effective FTM’s courses have been at stocking the lighting and grip department with new workers within Manitoba,” said Joao Holowka.

FTM’s sold-out Lighting and Grip Bootcamp session gave the participants hands-on training with the latest film industry technology.

“I take as many FTM courses as possible to develop my professional skills in the film industry, and I really appreciate how much work FTM puts into delivering these important training sessions,” said Manitoba film professional Philippe Bellefeuille.

In 2020-2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FTM set new company records in its over 20-year history for attendance and course levels with 1962 total participants and 64 in-class sessions. FTM also provided 19 COVID-19 training courses which were the standard for Manitoba’s production personnel.

“Manitoba’s film industry has had excellent levels of growth and our technical and administrative workers compete and succeed on a global level. To building our industry’s success, FTM will continue to collaborate with organizations like William F. White Winnipeg and offer more innovative training to grow our industry,” 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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