About IATSE 856

What is IATSE?

IATSE: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada (established 1893).

IATSE is a Labour Union made up of more than 100,000 specialty artists, technicians and freelance craft workers across North America.

IATSE Local 856 represents the specialty artists and technicians who work in film and television production in Manitoba. We are committed to actively participating in the growth and sustainability of the local film industry, and to ensuring our members have the skills and the experience to make our province a premiere film destination. Our members work on everything from major feature films to renowned television series, and are celebrated internationally for their skills and expertise.

We are committed to building a highly skilled workforce in Manitoba and marketing these skills throughout the world.

Our mission is to represent the skilled workforce in the Manitoba film industry for the purposes of:

During the past few years of unprecedented levels of film-making in Manitoba and due to a marked increase in the demand for streamed content, we have seen growth in our membership numbers and earnings, growth in our casual workforce, and increased development of specialty skills amongst our membership. We are committed to building a highly skilled workforce in Manitoba, and marketing these Manitoba-based skills throughout the world. This is a great time to consider joining our film-making community. With a highly-respected membership and great training opportunities, we can help you find your pathway to success in production.

We live, work and play on original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Red River Métis.

We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

We also acknowledge that our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.