Professional Development & Learning Resources
The following table provides links to a wide selection of online professional development and special interest courses that are offered by a number of industry organizations and government agencies. This list will be updated on a regular basis. If you have additional training suggestions, please email

Courses that are marked with an (*) are paid courses

  Category  Organization Link  Topic
Live Streaming
Aiken Heart Films Skillin' It Weekly chat on all things film on Facebook (Fridays 3:00pm)
Chauvet Professional Live Tech Talks (Thursdays at 2:00pm)
WIFT-T Wednesdays with WIFT-T Webinars: for WIFT-T members only (Wednesdays at 1:30pm)
Acting & Voice Performers
ACTRA Resources for Voice Performers, including webinars on creating a home studio and narrating audiobooks
Bad Dog Theatre Online Improv, Sketch Comedy & Writing Workshops
Canadian Improv Games Training Videos for Improv Skills
GhostLight Online Acting Masterclasses & Coaching
The Second City Online Courses in Writing, Improv, Standup
Brighman Designs tutorials on drafting software, Sketchup
Khan Academy Pixar In A Box - Pixar Animation Courses
LinkedIn Learning (fka Animation
Max the Mutt Online Art & Animation Workshops
Skillshare Animation
Udemy 3D & Animation
Business Affairs
CBC/CAVCO/CMPA One Stop Business Workshop: Getting Started, Setting up Your Business
One Stop Business Workshop: How to Pitch
One Stop Business Workshop: Chain of Title, What do I Need to be Thinking About?
One Stop Business Workshop: Who to Negotiate a Development Deal
One Stop Business Workshop: Finding Financing for Your Documentary
One Stop Business Workshop: Building a Production Budget
One Stop Business Workshop: Finding Financing for Your Original Digital Content
One Stop Business Workshop: How do I Work With Canadian Unions and Guilds?
One Stop Business Workshop: Tax Credits, What are they? A High Level Overview
One Stop Business Workshop: Tax Credits, Explaining the Point System and What "Grinds" and What is "Assistance"
One Stop Business Workshop: Hiring Talent From Underrepresented Groups (aka How to Get Hired)
One Stop Business Workshop: How do I Work With a Broadcaster?
One Stop Business Workshop: How do I Work With a Distributor?
One Stop Business Workshop: Clearing Content for Use in This New Virtual World
One Stop Business Workshop: Producing in the Time of COVID-19, What You Need to Know
One Stop Business Workshop: Green Production, How do I Get Started?
One Stop Business Workshop: How to Create and Integrated, Described Video for Your Content
One Stop Business Workshop GREEN WEEK: Why all the Talk About Greening Produtions?
One Stop Business Workshop GREEN WEEK: Help Me Use albert - the Carbon Footprint Calculator on my Production
One Stop Business Workshop GREEN WEEK: albert - Carbon Calculator Demo
One Stop Business Workshop GREEN WEEK: What Are Some Easy Production Tips That Can Make a Positive Green Impact?
DOC NYC New Strategies for Distribution in Response to COVID-19 Webinar
Film Promo & PR in Stay-At-Home Times Webinar
Cashflow for Filmmakers at Home Webinar
Entertainment Partners The Production Community: Lot's of resources and training on various accounting and payroll related topics
The Production Community: eLearning Academy: Production Accounting 101 (Free until June 30th with registration)
The Production Community: eLearning Academy: Production Accounting 201 (Free until June 30th with registration)
The Production Community: eLearning Academy: Movie Magic Scheduling (free until June 30th with registration)
The Production Community: eLearning Academy: SmartAccounting 101 (Free until June 30th with registration)
Movie Magic Scheduling - Complete Video Training
Legacy Movie Magic Budgeting - Complete Video Training
Online Training Videos
Future Learn Film Distribution
Open University The Business of Film
Pandemic University Starting Your TV Pilot Webinar
SyncOnSet Webinars for Budgeting, Money Tracking, Crew Tools
Crew Tools 5.0 Webinars
Winston Baker The Economics of Media Entertainment During the Corona Virus and Beyond , Dealmaking and Production Delays, Navigating our Future Through History, Finance Re-defined, Getting Deals Done In Uncertain Time
Cinematography & Camera
Cinematography News Overview of DMX512 and recommendations
Hurlbut Academy Illumination Cinematography Workshop (Currently Free)
RED Solitary Series Online Webinars
Arch Toolbox Architectural drawing standards and references
Disguise Free access to Designer software until September 2020
Editing & Post-production
Black Magic Design Davinci Resolve Training
Avid Tutorials and training on various different software programs
CreativeLive Various live courses related to photo/video/art/design
FilmLight Colour online/Colour Management using Baselight 5.3
HPA Education and Tech HPA Through the Frame, Episode 1 - Gemini Man w Ben Gervais
Edit Mentor An interactive workshop in the art of filmmaking and storytelling
LinkedIn Learning (fka Filmmaking
Communities Create Initiative Weekly Creativity Workshops
Directing Film School Selection of streaming tutorials for budding filmmakers
Filmmaking Lifestyle How to start a production company in 2021: The ultimate guide
Future Learn Filmmaking
Raindance Online Workshops & Courses
Raindance Live Filmmaker Talks on IG
Skillshare Film & Video
Sundance Col//ab Online Master Classes (currently free)
Webinars (currently free)
General Interest
Artscape Daniels Launchpad Various live courses that are free with registration, topics include: 3D modeling with Fusion, Adobe XE vs Photoshop,
Candor College Selection of TedTalks on world culture through film
CION Cultural Industries Ontario North Links to online training courses for film industry professionals
Creative Conners Training and resources for Conners products
DGC Ontario Selection of online learning and development courses
Doug Fleenor Design White papers and best practices resources
Film at Lincoln Centre Masterclass with female filmmakers
First Mile Technologies Streaming from Set & Remote Connectivity
HPA Education and Tech Collaborating in the Cloud Part 2, The View From the Director and Cinematographers Chair
Hurlbut Academy Online Courses
LiveDesign On-demand presentations on a wide selection of topics
MasterClass Online Courses in Filmmaking, Acting, Writing
Moviola General courses on filmmaking various topics
MZed Online Workshops & Courses (select classes free)
Ontario Tech U/OCADU Web art, video editing, storyboarding, design, digital photography online courses
Production Training Selection of courses peer to peer training
SAW Video Online Workshops
Screendaily The Challenges and Opportunities for Film Festivals During Covid-19
ScreenSkills (only available in Europe) Online Workshops & Talks
The Playlist Roger Deakin’s Masterclass
2019 Industry Conference
Udemy Filmmaking
WIFT-T Online Programming Hub
William F White Whites Toolbelt - Technical Equipment Information
ACT ACT Online Courses free with this code till June 1st 'act4me'
ARRI Academy ARRI Academy - Masterclasses & Workshops for ARRI equipment (select classes free)
ARRI Lighting Academy Lighting Systems Control (Currently Free)
Capture Free Student edition allowing users to create small rigs that lighting designers can work
ChamSys MagicQ Training
Chauvet Professional Training and Resources for lighting technicians
Digital Cinema Society DCS 2020 Cinema Technology Spotlight Series
Drafty Free CAD Tool with some tutorials
ETC Lighting ETC & High End Systems launch live events featuring webinars, Q&A's, roundtables
EOS Training
Learning Stage, selection of software courses (some free, some paid)*
Facebook Everything Stage Lighting
GS GAFFER 3D Modeling/Visualization system training
High End Systems Hog 4 tutorials including support materials
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Light and colour course packages
LEX LEX Products Cable Coiling Tutorials
Light Converse EU Training in specialized 3D lighting design
LightingTrainer video posts on a selection of lighting techniques
Lightlab Tools Lightlab and Educational Tutorials
LightWright Free download of LightWright6 until June 1, 2020
Obsidian Control Systems A selection of training courses offered weekly on; Netron, ONYX 101, ONYX Advanced (need to register but free)
Strand Online courses on Theatre system design basics, specifications, NEO console overview and training
Vectorworks Vectorworks Spotlight Essentials Seminars
Rigging Rigging and Trussing TV Engineering & safety practice videos and tutorials
Facebook Rigging Math Made Simple
The Rigging World Articles on rigging safety
Save the Cat Online Webinars and Training for Screenwriting
Nofilmschool Take a screenwriting Course from an NYU Professor for Free
AACTA Webinar: Collaboration in Isolation - The Remote Writers Room
Sound Design
AVID 90-day temporary license for students (Pro-tools, Media Composer)
Crown Audio Video tutorials
Dante Certification Program
DAS Audio Courses on EASE Focus, DASnet, DASaim Workflow
Harman Harman Professional University
JBL CBT Calculator Tutorial
Qlab QLAB Cookbook - selection of tools and programming guides
QSC Free certification course on Q-SYS Level 1
Rational Acoustics Smaart Operator Fundamentals webinar series
Reaper Daw Temporary license for Reaper version 5-6.x until the end of June 2020
Sure SAI Online Training
Udemy Location Sound Training 101
Waves Soundgrid Certification Courses
Yamaha Pro Audio Audioversity - selection of courses and tutorials related to Yamaha equipment
Career Development
Women on Screen Out Loud The Podcast Essays
Actor Caroline Dhavernas - "She was More Beautiful Before"
Actor/Filmmaker/Advocate Farah Merani - "50 Years to Myself"
Intimacy Coordinator, Lindsay Somers "The Only Constant is Change"
Sound & Dialogue Editor Jill Purdy "Girl with a Voice"
Stunt Coordinator, Alicia Turner "Dealing with Fear"
Director Annie Bradley "The Long Game"
Director Sherren Lee "To the Summit"
Showrunner/Director, Stephanie Morgenstern "Apricots"
Actor/Writer, Jess Salgueiro "The Y"
Actor Kaniehtiio Horn "Understanding Past to Make Sense of Present"
Actor Jean Yoon "White Life"
Executive Producer, Marina Cordoni "Climbing the Celluloid Steps to Success"
Editor, Christine Armstrong "Making the Cut"
Production Designer, Naz Goshtasbpour "Don't Call Me a Woman of Colour"
Director/Writer, Molly McGlynn "Becoming the Thing"
Actor, Grace Lynn Kung "A Brain Diary at 3:50am in August"
Composer, Erica Procunier "AI's and Music: Friend or Foe"
Actor Lisa Berry "Living a Lotus Life"
Director of Photography, Maya Bankovic "Roll On"
Actor/Writer, Katie Boland "Am I Suited for my Life"
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety WHIMIS 2015
Actsafe Live Performance Electrical Certification
Motion Picture Safety Awareness
Centre canadien d'hygiène et de sécurité au travail SIMDUT 2015 (FRANÇAIS)
province de l’Ontario Sensibilisation des travailleurs à la santé et sécurité (FRANÇAIS)
Sensibilisation des superviseurs à la santé et sécurité (FRANÇAIS)
Province of Ontario Worker Health & Safety Awareness
Supervisor Health & Safety Awareness
St John's Ambulance Worker Health & Safety Awareness
Supervisor Health & Safety Awareness
First Aid Awareness (Free until end of May)
Workers Health & Safety Centre GHS WHIMIS Training (Free until end of April)
Supervisor Health & Safety Training eClass
General Resources
Actors Fund Canada (AFC) Resources and Information for the Canadian Entertainment Industry
ACTRA How to produce content with union performers – the ACTRA Advantage
Association of Film Commissioners International AFCI University - Industry resources and training
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Health & safety courses & certifications
Directors Guild of Canada Fiscal Wellness Virtual Townhall
eCampusOntario Online university & college courses
Emploi Ontario Emploi Ontario peut vous aider à obtenir une formation, à développer des compétences ou à trouver un emploi. Emploi Ontario aide également les employeurs à former leur personnel et à trouver les talents dont ils ont besoin.
Employment Ontario Various programs and grants related to training and capacity building including: Ontario Labour Market Partnership Program, Skills Advance Ontario, Canada Ontario Job Grant, Second Career and Apprenticeship programs
Hamilton Public Library Online resources
La Cité Webinaires gratuits portant sur les affaires, la santé et la famille (FRANÇAIS)
Mississauga Public Library Online resources
My Money Coach Tools for Financial Planning
OntarioLearn Online college courses from Ontario colleges
Ottawa Public Library Online resources
Pandemic University Online courses for writers
St John's Ambulance Health & safety courses & certifications
Toronto Public Library Online resources
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Health & safety courses & certifications
Mental Health
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Mental Health 101
Mental Health and Covid-19 Pandemic
Artscape Daniels Launchpad COVID-19 Financial Assistance Info Session, Navigating CERB and EI
Calltime: Mental Health Winning at Mental Health Learning Centre Module for Leaders
Winning at Mental Health Learning Centre Module for Individuals
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Mental Health Series
Centre canadien d'hygiène et de sécurité au travail Ensemble de cours en ligne sur la santé mentale (FRANÇAIS)
Conference Board of Canada COVID-19 Job Loss
Fear and COVID-19
Dealing with Isolation and COVID-19
COVID-19 Self-compassion, Empathy, Love and Fun
Mental Healthy and COVID-19
Coping in the Age of Social Distancing
Distress Centers of Greater Toronto Mental Health Resources
Gerstein Crisis Centre Mental Health Resources
Good2talk Mental Health Resources
La Cité Comment gérer notre stress et accompagner nos enfants dans cette période de pandémie? (FRANÇAIS)
Mental Health Commission of Canada Stress, the Brain and Mental Health Hygiene
Morneau Shepell, Life Works Health and Wellness webinars
The Working Mind Self-care & Resilience Guide
University of Guelph 8 Domains of Well-Being
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Workplace Mental Health Awareness
Workplace Mental Health Awareness *
Pandemic Preparedness
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Pandemic Awareness
Pandemic Planning
Centre canadien d'hygiène et de sécurité au travail La planification en prévision d'une pandémie (FRANÇAIS)
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, Building Your Safety Plan
Open Sesame online courses on pandemic preparedness, working remotely and health and wellness
Workers Health & Safety Centre COVID-19 Webinars
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Coronavirus Preparedness for Employers & Employees (ENGLISH)
Coronavirus Preparedness for Employers & Employees (FRANÇAIS)