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Attention Graduates of ABFI
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Dear ABFI Alumni

I have an excellent opportunity for you. A feature film I am involved with has opened the doors to allow a limited number of ABFI Alumni to work with me on a movie set. What you will need to do is to get your passport, a valid treaty status card that is up to date to 2019 and your social security number (SIN Card).  Filming location will be in the United States.  Email me a photo/scanned copy of your required documents to:  

I am so proud of all Adam Beach Film Institute Alumni. I am honoured to have the privilege of working with you.  I sincerely hope you apply for this momentous opportunity. Thank you!

Adam Beach, President & Founder
Adam Beach Film Institute


New TV Series in Development "Myths, Monsters & Aliens" for APTN is looking for Indigenous actors as potential hosts for the series, 1 female, 1 male.  Age, approximately  25 - 40 years old.  We are making a 3-5 minute demo to show APTN. If interested, Contact Gary Zubeck at:

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Announcing Skills Link 2018 Re-Launching: Sept. 1st, 2018

Adam Beach Film Institute is excited to announce that the Skills Link Project will be re-launched to begin September 1st, 2018 and will have four back-to-back intake classes for 2018-2019.  Our Spring & Summer intakes originally scheduled has been consolidated into this new time frame! 

Current applications we have received will be re-scheduled to begin this Fall. The features of this opportunities remain unchanged. It is still a paid training program; where students are paid a living allowance while they train, work and learn to make films in the TV & Film Industry. Instructed by industry professionals, you can learn the essential skills and build your own network of contacts to launch your own career in the movie business.  Posters and details for applying for the program will be released soon! Please keep checking our website & Social Media sites. Meegwetch! Thank you!!

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Congratulations to the Class of Summer 2017

Congratulations to the Class of Summer 2017 of the Skills Link Project

Adam Beach Film Institute, along with its Board of Directors would like to extend best wishes & acknowledgement of the Summer Graduating class of 2017. Adam Beach would like to convey the message to all our successful filmmakers that ambition and persistence paves the way to a successful career in the film industry, best of luck & godspeed! We would also like to extend our invitation to all our graduates to maintain ties as we consider all of us a family and in hopes of building a Hollywood of the North, we would encourage everyone to continue working relationships with each other.  Here are the following graduates of the Adam Beach Film Institute "Skills Link Project":



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Congratulations to the Class of Spring 2017

Congratulations to the Class of Spring 2017 of the Skills Link Project

Adam Beach Film Institute, along with its Board of Directors would like to extend best wishes & acknowledgement of the Graduating class of 2017. Adam Beach would like to convey the message to all our successful filmmakers that ambition and persistence paves the way to a successful career in the film industry, best of luck & godspeed! We would also like to extend our invitation to all our graduates to maintain ties as we consider all of us a family and in hopes of building a Hollywood of the North, we would encourage everyone to continue working relationships with each other.  Here are the following graduates of the Adam Beach Film Institute "Skills Link Project":



Summer Class of the Skills Link Project has already commenced! Please stay tuned on their exciting progress! ABFI would like to remind that the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the WAFF 2017

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ABFI Skills Link Program is Now Accepting Applications for 2018

Adam Beach Film Institute is proud to announce our 2018 intake dates for our successfully project in partnership with Centre For Aboriginal Human Resource Development. We are now offering intakes for our Spring Term: April 09, 2018 & Summer Term: July 03, 2018.  

If you are between 18-30 and possess proof of Aboriginal Ancestry or a Metis card, you are eligible to apply. Go to our classes page of our website and get your application rolling.  

ABFI Life Skills Project Ready to Roll!

The Adam Beach Film Institute is pleased to announce an exciting and rewarding opportunity for Indigenous Youth in the Media Arts Industry.  The program ABFI Skills Link Project will help prepare students for a career in the Media Industry.  Designed to meet the needs of employers the program will combine Media Theory and Job Placement Experience for all participants. The ABFI Skills Link Project is a unique, socially innovative program that will reflect Indigenous Culture while giving students the skill set to succeed in the Media Industry. 

We have commitments from APTN, CBC and Indigenous Production Houses keen to provide shadowing opportunities to prospective Indigenous Young people interested in a career in the Media Arts. 

ABFI will facilitate and manage the program.  Students will be taught by award winning industry professionals currently employed in the Media Industry.    

Eligibility and Other Details:

  • This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program.
  • There is Classroom Training for 4 weeks and job placement for 8 weeks.  Over 12 weeks participants will be compensated at 30 hours per week, at minimum wage.
  • Participants cannot be in receipt of EI benefits.
  • Priority in acceptance will be given to Aboriginal youth facing barriers to finding and keeping employment.
  • Identify in your application or cover letter if you would potentially need help with childcare support.
  • Transportation support will be made available to successful applicants.
  • Training location is in central Winnipeg (585 Ellice Ave.) and is close to major bus routes.
  • Financial support will be available during both classroom and workplace components (based on attendance).
  • Participation in Aboriginal and Winnipeg film making groups is an important component and indicator of future student success (Networking skills are critical for industry success).

Here is what you will learn:

ABFI lesson plans and support materials will be developed as the course progresses.  The Indigenous Media Production Program will be comprised of “four units” (4 weeks) covering all aspects of current media production philosophy. The second part of the course will involve placement on an indigenous media project or with an indigenous media provider. Course content will reflect indigenous values.

Students will begin the course by developing a real time media project (News, documentary and Short film) tied to a broadcast or media platform (online digital) end use.  The project will follow real time lines as development leads to production, marketing and distribution. Students will be encouraged to take ownership for their projects.

Timelines would be as follows:
•    Four weeks in class theory
•    Eight weeks on set practical experience APTN, CBC, etc.
•    Graduation
*Indigenous cultural activities are an integral component of the Media Program facilitated through the ABFI.

Unit One – Project Pitching and Development

The first week will consist of an introduction to media production including the following key subject areas:
•    Learning the language of Media Production
•    Brainstorming and team work concepts
•    Developing a production idea
•    Researching and finding a market
•    An overview - tools of the trade
•    Production duties and responsibilities

Unit Two – Pre-Production

The second week will address the pre-production process including the following subject areas.
•    Putting it on the page screenplay research and writing
•    The different genres, long and short form projects, documentary
•    Production planning and preparation location scouting
•    Budgeting and scheduling
•    Casting and crew and equipment
•    The shooting script
•    Legal language
•    Getting $$ value on the screen where it counts 

Unit Three – Getting your story on screen

The third week will address the production process including the following subject areas:
•    Production protocols ie. The paperwork
•    Working with cast and crew
•    Putting technology to work to get your story on screen
•    Shot composition – shooting to edit
•    Camera angles and movement
•    Directing on camera talent

Unit Four – Post Production

The Fourth week will address the post production and marketing process including the following subject areas:
•    Preparing for the edit
•    The editor in the process
•    Editing technology/theory
•    Rough cut to final cut
•    Special effects and getting it right
•    Delivering on the promise

Job placement, eight (8) weeks in duration, will follow the initial training. 

ABFI is now accepting Skills Link applications for 20 Students. The first session will have an intake of 10 Trainees and begins March 6th to May 26th. With the second session (10 Trainees) starts May 29th to August 18th.
We will be looking for another 18 student over the 2018 sessions and another 18 over the 2019 sessions. Those upcoming sessions will be posted on 

Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon. Please fill-out, scan and remit “Skills Link” application to: 
(CAHRD) Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development
304-181 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3B 3G1

For more information contact:
Adam Beach Film Institute
1-585 Ellice Ave. 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1Z7

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Life’s a Pitch, An Interview with Jim Compton

This week’s blog challenge for Creative Communications was to conduct a Q & A interview with someone who is an inspiration to me. Although I had many people in my life who have become inspirations for many reasons, I chose to interview someone who is a perfect example of the things I hope to achieve some day. A person who is a role model to many in the Indigenous community and whose expertise and experience is a beacon of hope to those pursuing a career in the Creative Communications Industry.

Jim Compton is widely known for his work and contributions with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). He was the Program Director of APTN and Host of The Sharing Circle. APTN was the first National Aboriginal broadcaster in the world. It was made for the indigenous audience with culturally relevant programming. He was also one of the first Indigenous on air television journalists for the CBC.

Jim is currently the Artistic Director at The Adam Beach Film Institute, a new and exciting collaborative endeavor aimed at Training and connecting Aboriginal youth with the skills to pursue a rewarding career in the Film industry. Those are just a few projects that capture a small glimpse of Jim Compton.

After contacting Jim, for an interview, I was invited to his home, where we discussed The Creative Communications Program, and what my objective were for the Q & A.

How was I going to interview someone whose career and Television presence was such a huge influence on my life and the lives of other indigenous and non-indigenous peoples? His career is impressive and many of the projects he has accomplished, set precedence for indigenous people in the industry for generations to come.

Well, I did my best.

Dollarama composition book in one hand and a cheap iPhone 5s for audio in my other. Here we go…

Sherry-  With over 30 years of experience in the industry, what would you say started your journey?

Jim Compton-  My journey started with a mentor when I was in Brandon University back in the day. One of my teachers was a writer, he had written a book called Seven Arrows. He was a Cheyenne Crow from Montana. He had basically revised the medicine wheel concept to all the tribes in North America. Very well written, respected and influential. His name was Hyemeyohsts Storm.

He liked my writing, and he said I should pursue it. He was writing books, but I gravated towards journalism. When I went back the second year I took journalism courses, I wrote for the school newspaper and there was a national newspaper which I contributed to. I quickly became the editor of the [school] newspaper. It wasn’t that I was that good of a writer yet, it was just that no one wanted to get into it.

Sherry-  Storytelling is such a huge part of writing, it’s what has drawn me to it, what would you say has drawn you to writing?

Jim Compton-  I’ll tell you what I tell all my students, I still teach. I teach at the Adam Beach film institute. We just finished our spring class and were starting another class in October. I believe what I was taught by Hyemeyohsts. Life is all about stories, the bible, it’s all about parables which are stories. Look at the Indian religion that we have, which basically is the sacred narrative. What you do with your life in school is creating your story, your own personal story and everyone that fits into it. The beginning of your story is just a matter of where you want to be in the end of your story. Do you want to be working for CBC? a writer? Do you want to be making films? it requires writing and story. Story is easy, beginning middle end. And of course all stories have to have conflict.

(his cigar begins to go out, he revives it, we laugh)

Sherry-  I find that story-telling and someone who likes to write, also has the opportunity to work as a vessel to help other people tell theirs, what’s your thoughts on telling other people’s stories?

Jim Compton-   Some politicians, if you listen to them, all their doing is telling stories. Right. And throwing in their platforms at the same time. Story is journalism. That’s what it’s all about, that why people are drawn to it, because its natural. If you tell a story at a party, your trying to get those people to listen to you, and react to your story.

Sherry-  How important is it for indigenous voice?

Jim Compton-  it’s crucial, right from residential schools, European contact, we’ve had a different story thrust upon us right. I’m not saying that story is bad or wrong, but we need to have our own stories within that realm. It’s important to us to recognize, that to find where those stories are and give voice to people who need those stories told. Especially in a time now with the reconciliation and that stemming from residential schools. Those people need to have their stories told, and they need your help to tell them. There’s many stories and many ways of coming at it.

Sherry-  You are currently the Artistic Director of the Adam Beach Film Institute. Can you tell me about that?

Jim Compton-  Yes I am the Artistic Director of The Adam Beach Film Institute, this is our fourth intake of students, and our fourth year. We do outreach with high schools, we’re doing programs with Frontier School Division (school division in Northern Manitoba) We work with First Nation Schools and do workshops there. We also work with all the industry people who are out there that need to be contacted to make sure those stories are told. It’s a 24-hour job.

Sherry-  I bet.

Sherry-  Other than Artistic Director for Adam Beach Film Institute (ABFI), what other roles do you have within the indigenous community?

Jim Compton-  well you mentioned earlier about Public Relations being something that Creecom offers, well I do public relations too, and it’s all about writing. But it’s also about understanding who you are and who your community is.  [if] Your community needs help what are you going to do, say no I can’t help you because it’s not journalism? No. you’re going to help them because it needs to be done. And at the end of the day your helping families and children. I work for Southern First Nations Network of Care, which allows me to work part time so that I can teach. I am very happy that I can do both.

Sherry-  I watched a clip of you on Storytellers in motion. In the excerpt, you talk about “the bug”. Can you elaborate on what that is?

Jim Compton-  oh yeah [he laughs] well the bug is basically the satisfaction you get by completing a story, telling that story and having it distributed. For me it was early on when I was at CBC. I was a daily news reporter so I would go out and do a story every day. Not all those stories were aboriginal stories. It’s about satisfaction. Even if you do it on YouTube, it’s there, it’s an expression of who you are and what you believe in. We just finished a 13-part series with APTN called Urban Native Girl. Its native culture with a twist. We found our host who is a blogger and very successful with in her blog. Urban Native girl is about looking at life in the big city. We pitched it, sold it and now you can watch the stories. That’s the bug, watching your work. We also just finished 2 Heritage Minutes. One on Residential Schools and one on Treaties. Those Heritage Minutes are only done every 10 years, and we got two of them. Their running on all the networks. Look them up, their very good. The bug isn’t always about yourself, it’s about your team you work with.  We had Joseph Boyden, the author. [Heritage minutes] He is one of the most prolific aboriginal writers in the country,

And up and coming director Shane Belcourt. You get to work with all kinds of people all over the place. Story has taken me all over. I started the aboriginal peoples Television Network, I had my own TV show called The Sharing Circle, and now we’re trying to create our next batch of story tellers with and for The Adam Beach Film Institute.

Sherry-  That’s exciting.

Jim Compton-  yea and, it’s connected to Red River and the University of Winnipeg. If you take the course [ABFI] you will get credits for those programs [in college/University].

Sherry-  Would you say there were challenges of being an Indigenous man [person] in the industry 30 years ago? Has it changed today?

Jim Compton-  You know what, it’s a natural progression. The way I look at it, It’s about your story. At some point you have to give back. Adam Beach wanted to give back. He wanted to give back, and he came to me. One of his stories was that, when I was on TV I would get up and go to work every morning. He would see me with my braids, and say I want to be like that guy. And what he was saying was that he wanted to be in the limelight to affect the narratives of aboriginal people.  At some point you have to give back and teach. But we want to do it on our own terms which is what the ABFI is about. That’s why we do it with the AFBI and Red River. We need Red River as an affiliate to trigger the importance to people taking the course to have some aboriginal perspective, and communications perspective, like The Adam Beach Institute.

Sherry-  Do you have any advice for Indigenous people who are interested in pursuing a career in the industry?

Jim Compton-  My advice is to always pitch yourself. Always be aware that you need to pitch yourself, this is what I can do, this is my story. You learn that by reading your audience. If you’re doing it for TV, pitch whatever your project is. I’m always pitching ABFI, stories for APTN, my scripts. Life is pitching.

Sherry-  Life is pitching, that’s a good one.

Jim Compton-  That’s what it is, you have to tell people what you want. Always be there and ready to pitch yourself. Be ready, research it.

Sherry-  Today’s technology must make it easier to do that, was it harder for you, with no twitter, google, for researching.

Jim Compton-  [laughs] Yea we didn’t have any of that, but like I said, you have to pitch. It all reflects back to who you are and what you need right.  And what you need is to affect people so that the narrative of your children, and your community will change. It’s a lot to do but that’s the way we should be.

Sherry-  its achievable, its attainable

Jim Compton-  It is. That’s my elderly advice. [laughs]

Sherry-  Life’s a pitch. [laughs]

Jim- Life’s a pitch [laughs] it is. Try it sometime. You’ll find that you have to pitch. [if] You want someone to read your blog, what’s the pitch?

Sherry-  Thank you so much time for your time, I truly appreciate it.

Jim Compton-  Okay. Yeah no problem, I hope that helps you-

I stayed to visit Jim Compton for about another 20 minutes where we discussed further about the Creative Communications program and the Adam Beach Film Institute. It was a real pleasure having this opportunity to gather valuable information that is relevant not only for my blog, but to my studies at Red River College. Jim Compton was a great choice and I encourage my readers who aren’t familiar with his work or with the AFBI, to take a look.

I am truly appreciative for the lesson this challenge had to offer me as a student an as an Indigenous person. My hopes for my readers is to bring awareness and information to the Indigenous and Non-indigenous people who are striving for a rewarding career in Communications.

Original Interview Published by Hocus Pocus on Sherry's Focus, Click Here to View

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