Calgary is a hub for filming in Canada. Feature films such as The Revenant to TV series such as Fargo have all featured Trainees on set. The province of Alberta obtained $255 million in film, television and commercial production activity in 2017-2018 and the majority of that production was done in Calgary and southern Alberta.
The Calgary Camera Trainee Program is currently closed for applications, but please check back to this page for future announcements. In the meantime, check out the website for requirements to get your career in the film industry started.
Make sure you check out our Minimum Requirements section to make sure you qualify to submit your application to ICG 669 once the program opens for applications.
FILM INDUSTRY REALITY CHECK
Make sure you check out our Film Industry Reality Check section to make sure you are fully aware of how demanding the film industry can be as a career.
Complete applications must be compiled in the following order:
- Completed application form;
- Letter of Intent, addressed to the attention of the Trainee Committee;
- Resume must follow this word document format: Resume Template;
- Minimum (3) reference letters;
- Photocopies of the mandatory course certificates (or registered date of courses. Please Note: Applicants who intend to work to in BC must also complete the “Motion Picture Safety 101 - General Safety Awareness (MPGSA)” through Actsafe, as this is mandatory for any individuals working under the BCCFU Master Agreement, and;
- Photocopy of valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle registration and insurance.
CAMERA TRAINEE PROGRAM TIMELINE
Please see our Timeline of Application page on how long a typical application process is.
- Set Etiquette and Protocol
Calgary - To register contact the I.A.T.S.E. 212 office at 403-250-2199 or Click Here for the IATSE home page with further information.
Edmonton - To register contact the I.A.T.S.E. 210 office at 780-423-1863 or Click Here to email their office.
- WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) - ($30)
This course is a federal requirement for the film industry, and is available online at http://www.virtualwhmis.com/ or at https://www.actsafe.ca/courses-certifications/
If you have questions regarding the Calgary Camera Trainee Program, or would like to discuss your application, please schedule an appointment with Kat Yee by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (778-330-1674).