MANITOBA MASTER SERIES: Individual Coaching with Merit Jensen Carr & Charles Konowal (In Partnership with DOC Manitoba)

June 4 & 5, 2022 at 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Location: Film Training Manitoba – 245 McDermot Ave | 3rd Floor Boardroom

Registration Fee: 
$75.00 – General 
$60.00 – DOC Manitoba Members 

To register online click here and select ‘MANITOBA MASTER SERIES’ from the list of courses.

About The Workshop

During this training event, each participant will receive an individual 45-minute private coaching with the accomplished producer Merit Jensen Carr and filmmaker Charles Kolowal.  

Participants should come prepared to discuss a project (or projects) that they are currently developing. In advance of the session, participants are expected to research potential funding sources and be prepared to discuss this with the instructors to receive the most beneficial feedback and coaching on their projects. 

Through these individual sessions participants will gain a deeper insight into the process of creating and planning productions. 

NOTE: Upon registration, participants may optionally submit supporting materials (e.g. a project synopsis, budget forms, etc.) that would help the instructors better prepare for the one-on-one meeting. Materials can be e-mailed to: info@filmtraining.mb.ca 

About the Instructor

MERIT JENSEN CARR’s production company Merit Motion Pictures (MMP) has produced an impressive slate of award-winning documentary programs and series. MMP is currently producing Great Lakes Untamed, a 3 x 1hr natural history series for TVO, Smithsonian US, Terra Mater Factual Studios and ARTE; Everest Dark, a theatrical and 2x1hr documentary for CBC’s documentary Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios; and Cub Camp, a 6 x 1hr natural history series for Love Nature and Blue Ant Studios. 

In 2021 MMP produced two US-France co-productions with CAPA/Films A Cinq – the Canadian Screen Award-nominated Kingdom of the Polar Bears, a 90min/2x1hr special for National Geographic Channels, CBC, France 3, and Terra Mater Factual Studios and Reef Rescue, (winner of the 2020 Jackson Media Awards for Best Conservation Feature) co-produced with local filmmaker, Aaron Floresco, for PBS NOVA, Vulcan, CBC and ARTE. Both films aired in the US on Earth Day 2021.  It also produced  season 4 of the Animal Planet hit series, Dr. Keri: Prairie Vet.

Other career highlights include the feature documentary, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees  directed and co-produced by Jeff McKay, screened to sold-out audiences in cinemas across North America and nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Science and Nature Film. Beyond the Spectrum: A Family’s Year Confronting Autism directed and co- produced with Steve Suderman and winner of the Audience Favourite award at the Festival Inclus in Barcelona and screened in cinemas across Canada on international Autism Awareness Day; TuTuMUCHdirected by Elise Swerhone and co- produced with Vonnie Von HELMOLT, screened at film festivals around the world and in 60 Cineplex theatres across Canada; and 40 Years of One Night Stands: The Story of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet directed by Jeff McKay and co-produced with Patti Milne, and premiered at Lincoln Center in New York. 

Merit is honoured to have received the inaugural Hot Docs Don Haig Award for Producing and the Manitoba Women’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award

CHARLES KONOWAL, CSC is a cinematographer and filmmaker with over forty years of experience, Charles Konowal has worked in both fiction and non-fiction production. 

Konowal studied at the Minneapolis School of Art after graduating from high school in 1968 but the US draft system forced him to return to his homeland in Canada. He settled in Vancouver where he continued to pursue a career as an artist for a number of years. But a commission to paint a mural in a private home lead to an unexpected opportunity to explore the world of documentary filmmaking. That chance opportunity changed his career path and since the mid 70’s Charles has journeyed around the world exploring our planet through the art of documentary filmmaking. 

Since 2013 Konowal has completed a series of six documentaries on the Winnipeg music scene and is currently developing a documentary portrait on the legendary bluesman William P. Homans III aka Watermelon Slim who’s lived an extraordinary life as a songwriter, a labourer, a social revolutionary, a snappy dresser, a riveting performer… and a bluesman with a twist.  

Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.

Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.

Please note: As per Creative Manitoba’s COVID-19 Policy, we require all visitors wear masks and social distance, further we recommend that all visitors be double vaccinated.


FTM is a non-for-profit charity and member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program (through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs). FTM conducts workforce development and training to build a highly skilled and adaptable film industry 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