Contact Us

Mail
300 – 245 McDermot Ave
R3B 0S8
Winnipeg, MB
Phone
204.989.9669
Toll Free (in Manitoba)
1.866.989.9669
Email
info@filmtraining.mb.ca
Hours
Note* Due to social distancing regulations the office is closed to the public until further notice. We’ll be in the office from 10:00am – 4:00pm if you need to call the office.
All online courses and workshops that have a cost can be paid for online. Any further questions you can contact mauro@filmtraining.mb.ca

FTM STAFF

Managing Director  |  Adam Smoluk, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

Adam Smoluk has been with FTM since 2006 and was promoted six times to the senior executive position. Adam graduated with a Business Administration diploma from McMaster University and with honours from Red River College (RRC)’s Human Resource Management and Management Development programs. He earned a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) Senior Certified Professional designation. He completed micro-credential certificates in career and employment coaching from the University of Winnipeg and Leading Through Conflict from Western University.

He was selected to RRC’s billboard campaign for distinguished alumni. Adam delivered commencement addresses at two of his alma maters, McMaster University and RRC. 

He studied on scholarship at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and was the youngest person ever selected to the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program for professional filmmakers. He was the sole writer from the Americas awarded selection to the 2016 eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriting Program in Lindau, Germany. He served on the executive of Youth Employment Services Manitoba, the ACTRA Manitoba’s council, and is the former Chair for the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council for young community leaders. He was a key organizer of the first GenNext Summit held in North America.  

He serves as the Chair of Assiniboine Community College’s Interactive Media Arts program’s advisory committee, Vice-Chair for the Advisory Board for Essential Skills Manitoba, The Manitoba Construction Sector Council’s Educators Working Group, the board of directors for the Westland Foundation, which provides post-secondary scholarships for inner Winnipeg students. He also currently serves on the Advisory Committee for REEL Canada, which promotes Canadian Cinema.

Adam has extensive experience providing programming support to Canadian post-secondary schools, he currently serves on RRC’s Information and Cultural Industries Strategic Council, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s micro-credential industry advisory committee. He served on McMaster University’s micro-credential review committee, and he has served on a programming review committee for McMaster.

Adam was a recipient of the Future Leaders of Manitoba award; he was awarded an Investors Group scholarship for leadership studies at The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at the Banff Centre, the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Al Cerilli scholarship, a scholarship to attend the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Winnipeg Program and an RBC Foundation scholarship to attend governance training with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

His debut film, HORSETHIEVES was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His second feature film, FOODLAND was acquired by Shaw and premiered on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The film was broadcast on Super Channel and designated to the Gem selections for critically acclaimed films. He served as a director for the Frantic Films and Discovery Channel’s true-crime series IN PLAIN SIGHT. Adam contributed profiles of the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer and Manitoba Film & Music’s former CEO Carole Vivier for THE HEART OF WINNIPEG, a book that profiles community leaders. 

Phone: 204.989.9669 ext.1
Emailadam@filmtraining.mb.ca

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Operations Manager |  Allison Bile

Allison Bile graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Theatre and French. 

Allison gained an interest in filmmaking through her involvement with the Winnipeg Film Group by attending workshops on experimental filmmaking and volunteering on short films in the costume department.  

In 2009, Allison served as a board member and Secretary on the Winnipeg Film Group. She has also served as volunteer for Cancer Care Manitoba.  In 2003, she completed an internship with FTM in the costume department and was a Permittee with IATSE 856 in costumes.

Allison joined FTM in 2006 and has been promoted to various positions within the organization. She has completed courses on Arts and Culture Management through the University of Winnipeg and is the process of obtaining a certificate on Human Resource Management through Red River College.

Phone: 204.989.9669 ext.2
Email: allison@filmtraining.mb.ca

 

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Senior Programs & Communications Manager  |  Mauro Ferritto

Mauro graduated from The University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Film where screenwriting became a focus for him. While at the U of W he won the Audience Favourite award for his short film at the UWPG Film Festival, and continued onto shoot and direct a number of short films.

Post graduation, Mauro worked at New Line Cinema, based in Los Angeles, in the Acquisitions department. Working for the Head of Acquisitions, Mauro attended film screenings and reviewed potential distribution of independent productions. In addition, while at New Line, he provided coverage on screenplays looking for potential production. 

After writing several feature length screenplays, Mauro was signed by a New York City based Literary Agent for his screenplay based on the true story of the theft of the Mona Lisa. Mauro’s new feature film screenplay, Jokers and Thieves, has advanced to the quarter finals for Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest in the Action/Adventure category. Mauro’s project has made the top 3% of total submissions.

Mauro has since written, directed, and produced an independent feature film, The Pre-Drink, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

At FTM, Mauro has been promoted twice to the current position of Senior Programs and Communications Manager. Mauro managed the successful company rebranding of FTM’s new logo. He manages all social media, the FTM website, and online courses, while being directly involved in the management of FTM’s in-class programming. Mauro has also served as a jury member for ACTRA Manitoba and as an industry panelist for UWPG’s film festival, and the All Access Media conference. Mauro has recently served as FTM’s representative at William F. Whites’ February Freeze in Toronto.

Phone: 204.989.9669 ext.3
Email: mauro@filmtraining.mb.ca

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Special Projects and Marketing Coordinator | John Bruce

John Bruce is a graduate from Red River College’s Creative Communications program where he majored in advertising and marketing.

His experience in film includes a short film he wrote and directed, The Purple Sock, that was screened at the Gimli Film Festival and a satirical variety program web series, The Laszlo Show, that he released to Facebook and YouTube was also broadcast on Shaw Channel 9.

In his spare time he coaches boxing, using his experience as former provincial champion to share his love for the sport at St. James Boxing, a gym he co-founded.

John officially joined FTM in 2021 as Special Projects and Marketing Coordinator.

E-mail: John@filmtraining.mb.ca

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Workshop Facilitator  |  Erin Hembrador

Erin is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design for Visual Media program. She has a degree in Film from the University of Winnipeg and has been a staff member at FTM since 2016.

Erin has worked in a number of key positions at FTM and currently works at Les Productions MidCan Productions Inc.

Erin has been working on independent film projects for over five years and have been focusing on post production sound. She recently has been putting a focus on writing and directing and was the recipient of the Winnipeg Film Group’s Mosaic Woman’s Film Fund.

Her short film PIECE OF MIND is currently taking home awards while on the festival circuit and gained her a nomination for Best Manitoban Director at the Gimli Film Festival in 2018. 

 

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Finance Coordinator  |  Kathe Meseman