Ellen Rutter Awarded FTM’s Inaugural SWIFT Award 2022

Long-serving film industry professional Ellen Rutter has been awarded the first FTM Summit for Women in Film Trades (SWIFT) Award.  This award was presented on the last day the conference and will be an annual SWIFT award.

“FTM’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Ellen for this honour. We deeply appreciate her commitment to our industry and support of others, and look forward to her continued leadership and support of FTM’s SWIFT.” Said Carrie Wilkins, an FTM board member and Chair of SWIFT 2022.

FTM’s SWIFT award was created by FTM’s Board of Directors to recognized long-serving leaders in Manitoba’s film community that champion the spirit of FTM’s SWIFT. Rutter is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada’s Manitoba District Council and has served as a Production Manager and Line Producer in the film industry for many years. She has served on FTM’s Board of Directors, as an FTM instructor and mentor, and was Vice Chair of SWIFT 2022.

“Ellen’s dedication to Manitoba’s film industry has helped create many opportunities for others and we are all very pleased to recognize her service and high level of commitment.” Said Allison Bile, FTM’s Workforce Development and Operations Manager.

Western University Continuing Studies partnered on this award and has contributed funds for the winner to attend a full course as a part the Professional Certificate in Leadership Program.

SWIFT ran June 10, 11, & 12, 2022. All days of the event were sold out and had the support of over 32 founding partners. SWIFT 2022 was the first of its kind in Canada and was the inaugural conference held at RRC Polytechnic’s new Innovation Centre.

FTM is a non-for-profit charity of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs. 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