FILM 5 Trainee Program


Workshop Update

The Trainee Program schedule for 2024 will run from late January until early March 2024, for specific workshop dates see below. 

About the Trainee Program

The FILM 5 Trainee Program is a hands-on training program for aspiring technical crew. Paralleling the Creative Team component, the trainee program provides participants with high-quality classroom training*, practical on-set instruction and networking opportunities. To become a trainee crew member, you must take the required workshops for your desired position, pay the application fee (which includes the mandatory Set Etiquette Course), come to the Trainee/Team Meet and Greet and submit a resume, cover letter and application form.

On the FILM 5 sets, trainees work under key crew-members from the local film industry. Keys are industry professionals responsible for running their departments, and for providing guidance and leadership to the trainees. Trainees leave the production having networked with industry crew, with practical experience and resume references.

This year, each FILM 5 production is required to have a minimum of seven trainees on set. FILM 5 productions will take place from approximately late March to late April.


If the workshop you are interested in is not yet available for registration, please contact the programs coordinator

FILM 5 2024 Trainee Schedule

Weekend, January 27 & 28 –  Production Managers Intensive – 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Tieren Hawkins

Wednesday, Jan 31 –  Location Sound Intensive – 6pm – 10pm
Instructor: Taber Crosby

Thursday, February 8 – Script Supervision Workshop – 6pm – 9pm
Instructor: Maggie Thomas

Saturday, February 10 –  Assistant Directors Intensive – 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Nicole Close

Sunday, February 11 – 1st Aid on Set Workshop – 10am – 7pm
Instructor: Brent MacRae

Wednesday, February 14 – Post-Production Workflow Workshop – 6pm – 9pm
Instructor: Amy Mielke

Weekend, March  2 & 3 –  Camera Assistant Intensive – 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Kevin Kumar-Misir

Wednesday, March 6 – Set Etiquette Workshop – 6pm – 9pm*
Instructor: Jenny Reeves

Wednesday March 13 – Trainee Meet & Greet – 6pm – 8pm

Weekend, March 9/10 –  Lighting & Grip Intensive – 10am – 5pm
Instructors: Stuart Rankin & Andre St-Jules

Weekend March 16/17 –  Art Department Intensive – 10am – 5pm 
Instructor: Jessica MacDonald

(*Please note if you’ve taken the Set Etiquette workshop before you don’t have to take it again, but you do need to pay the $60 program fee.)

AFCOOP’s FILM 5 Workshop Access Policy

AFCOOP recognizes there are systemic inequities that create barriers for people in accessing film training. In an effort to address and recognize historical and present-day inequities, while trying to balance the hard costs of running a program like FILM 5, we will continue to offer last year’s lower base cost and have introduced a reduced rate too. Please feel free to sign up for whatever price-point you are most comfortable with. No questions asked. If the cost is still a barrier please contact us and we will make our best efforts to ensure you can attend