Film Industry Fundamentals

…then check out the Film Industry Fundamentals training program! 

Last winter FilmPEI launched the Film Industry Fundamentals (FIF) program. This eighty (80) hour entry level program gives participants a deep understanding of all the departments of film and television production with the intention of getting participants trained to work on set as a specialized production assistant.

The PEI film industry is getting super busy so we need to get more people trained FAST! In order to do this FilmPEI is offering a special edition of Film Industry Fundamentals (FIF) this summer.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Send an email telling us you are interested.

Step 2: We will send you a password for the FIF video links. Fifty (50) hours of the original program are recorded via zoom. These are the raw zoom files but they give you the information you will need for the next step.

Step 3: In September 2021, instructor Jenna MacMillan will be running an FIF Bootcamp in person at FilmPEI in Charlottetown. Over four days (30 hours of instruction) Jenna will do a quick review of the material from the videos. The class will then be split up into departments and participants will spend two (2) days shooting a short film.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:   The FIF Bootcamp is limited to twenty (20) participants. Register at

FEE:  General Public $500 + HST /   FilmPEI Members $250 + HST

FilmPEI has a “pay what you can” policy for its members. Ask about membership and payment options. 

DEADLINE: Register BEFORE July 22, 2021.

MORE ABOUT Film Industry Fundamentals (FIF)

FIF qualifies graduates to participate in professional live-action productions in an entry-level position and prepares them for advanced level occupations with the film industry through on-the-job experience and additional training.

Participants will develop or enhance fundamental skills in camera, script, production design, sound, assistant director, and locations departments.

Desired outcomes will include

– An ability to understand, explain and differentiate the purpose of each department and the people within them.
– An understanding of how a film set functions depending on budget level, format or union affiliation.
– Increased understanding of film set terminology
– In depth appreciation of the various stages of film creation (ie – development, prep, production, post production and distribution).
– Through FIF, you will start to become familiar with the people and activities that make up the growing film community on PEI.

The Film Industry Fundamentals program is funded by Innovation PEI, Skills PEI and ACOA.

THE FUTURE OF FILM INDUSTRY FUNDAMENTALS (FIF):  If funding can be secured, FilmPEI intends to run FIF in person in the winter of 2021/22.

Be sure to check out our website, join our mailing list and watch our social media for exciting updates about FilmPEI programming and the PEI film industry!