FTM’s SWIFT Presents – Film Industry Panel: Paths to Success!

Date: July 28, 2024 (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Location: Johnson Hall, Gimli Waterfront Centre
(94 1 Ave, Gimli, MB R0C 1B1)

During this in-depth panel discussion, five women-identifying film professionals will discuss their experience in the film and media trades and how they got their start and developed their careers.


Joanne Roberts is a Filipina-Canadian filmmaker and Citytv journalist. She enjoys reporting on the arts & culture scene in Winnipeg but is also a sought-after journalist for human-interest stories. Joanne is currently working on the development of additional CityNews Connect episodes and a show for Kultivation Festival.

Angela Wells graduated from the International Academy of Design in Montreal with an AEC in Clothing Design. In 2004, she was an FTM costume trainee on the feature film Population 436, and the made-for-TV movie Category 7. She has been a proud member of IATSE 856 in the Costume Department since 2005. Angela has had the opportunity to hold many positions throughout the department, including Costume Design. What she loves most about working in film is not just the creative collaboration but that each show presents itself with different challenges, rewards and continued learning.

Nathalie Massaroni is a Winnipeg-based editor and post production supervisor. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg’s film program, she gained experience in various roles on projects including Night Hunter, Siberia, How It Ends, and GONE: My Daughter.

Nathalie got the opportunity to pursue her dream career — a professional film editor — when she joined Farpoint Films. Since then, she has edited features and series including Wintertide, Alter Boys, and Seeking Fire. In addition to her work as an editor, she is also a post production supervisor of more than 400 hours of television.

Nathalie has also edited other short form series and films such as D Dot H, Tailor Made, and I Hurt Myself. If she’s not working on a computer, you can find Nathalie at the dance studio or sipping coffee with a cat on her lap.

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 volunteered 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.


Sydney Sabiston is the Training and Partnerships Manager at FTM. Sydney has a distinguished film and television career and is both an actress and filmmaker.

She started developing her career in the film industry after having received her Bachelor of Arts in Acting in Theatre and Film from The University of Winnipeg’s Theatre & Film program by working on set as an Assistant Director.

With a special interest in acting in and producing horror films, she then made her way on screen and has notable acting credits, including: All Fun and Games, Time Cut, Psycho Killer, Acting Good, Levels, Under the Christmas Sky, Etc.

While Sydney continues to pursue her passion and growing career as an actress and filmmaker, she works at FTM as their Training and Partnerships Manager.

Sydney is passionate about building strong relationships with Manitoba’s local crew and talent here in the province’s growing film industry and tries to support and champion those around her who share her same love for cinema.

FTM is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program funded 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 and partners with members of the film and television industry to identify training needs to support workforce development output.