Training & Events

Training & Events

Cod Liver Oil Series

Wednesday, February 14 at 11:30am until 1:00pm

Filmmaking is exciting, but there are also essential areas that feel a little less "red carpet" and a bit more "take your medicine". SPYA has found 3 experts to spend an hour with you over lunch to help clarify some of the necessities surrounding the business of filmmaking. Gather any questions you may have and make the most of your time with them. ** Please note that all three sessions will take place over Google Meet and there is one fee for the entire series.


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Wednesday, February 14th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

FINANCES: Join Sarah Geary from Boreal Business for an quick session that will get you filed, coded and tracked. Financial literacy is paramount to running a successful business, and filmmaking has some unique financial considerations. They can also help you through the world of tax credits and how to maximize on the elements involved. This one hour session will change your life.


Wednesday, February 21st, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

INSURANCE: Insurance is vital in the film world. Many contracts will require insurance by law and SPYA wants to make sure that as the local industry grows, so too does our understanding of the need for insurance. Protect your company AND your project. Join Sandy Taronno from HUB International Entertainment Practice and learn the best way to step-up your professional path forward.


About Sandy: Sandy is a 20-year industry veteran who leads the HUB Prairies Entertainment Insurance Practice. A designated Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP), and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB), his industry specialties include Film/TV, producer’s liability and claims resolution. His free time is spent with his wife, young s on and triplet daughters, and as a performing musician and composer in Winnipeg’s vibrant arts scene.


Sandy Taronno, CIP, CAIB

Commercial Account Executive

Entertainment Practice


Wednesday, February 28th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CONTRACTS: Before you head into the exciting world of making a movie, you need to make sure everyone you have hired is clear about their roles and responsibilities. Contracts provide necessary legal protections that you need in any operation. Not only do contracts minimize risk, but they protect both you and your company by helping you understand your rights and obligations under each agreement. David Langis will lead us through a lunch hour of best practices and how-to’s.


About David: Law graduate from University of Montreal, David has practiced entertainment and commercial law for more than ten years in law firms and within private and public organisations. His practice covers intellectual property law, technology law and personality rights, mainly for clients working in the television and cinema industry as well as in multimedia and creative technologies. David has been involved in several non-profit organizations heavily focused on arts and creation and is often invited as a lecturer on various topics relating to copyright, privacy rights and information technology.


COST: 3-session package $15 SPYA members/ $30 non SPYA members

WHERE: ONLINE - the Google Meet link will be sent to you once you've registered.

Media Industry Training Program

SPYA’s industry training program gives you the opportunity to upgrade your skills or get some one-on-one advice from a leader in your field. This program is delivered with support from Yukon Media Development.

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