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  • A welcome message from the Honourable Leela Aheer, Alberta's Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

    We at BANFF look forward to seeing you in just a few short days. We've put together a packed agenda of keynotes, master classes and sessions as well as an amazing Rockie Awards show, networking events and parties.

    Watch out for invitations to special events, and be sure to check BANFFXChange for messages from other delegates.

    Have a great time!

    Click HERE to see the full Festival agenda

  • Check out the ‘drop-in’ virtual events open to all BANFF Marketplace pass holders

    SEE THE AGENDA IN BANFFXCHANGE TO ADD THESE SESSIONS TO YOUR PERSONAL CALENDAR

    MEET THE ROCKIE AWARDS NOMINEES + JURY

    TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    Join a "video table" to celebrate the nominees of the 2021 Rockie Awards International Program Competition. Kick off your BANFF 2021 experience gathered among some of the world's finest creators and members of this year's esteemed jury, then tune in as the winners are revealed during the Rockies live stream at 3:00PM.

    See the nominees and jury

    READY, SET, GO! SPEED NETWORKING

    Join us inside the CBC/Radio-Canada Delegate Lounge to be randomly matched with attendees for four-minute speed meetings. These sessions are a fun and easy way to meet new contacts and catch up with old friends in a short time period.

    MONDAY JUNE 14

    Speed Networking: General - 9:00AM-10:00AM & 3:00PM-4:00PM

    TUESDAY JUNE 15

    Speed Networking: Kids Content - 9:00AM-10:00AM

    WEDNESDAY JUNE 16

    Speed Networking: Documentary, Unscripted, Reality - 9:00AM-10:00AM

    THURSDAY, JUNE 17

    Speed Networking: Scripted Content - 9:00AM - 10:00AM

    Speed Networking: Scripted Content - 5:00PM - 6:00PM

    FRIDAY, JUNE 18

    Speed Networking: Features, Shorts, Web Series - 10:00AM - 11:00AM

    MONDAY, JUNE 21

    Speed Networking: Meet Indigenous creators & producers - 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    CHATROOMS

    Join our hosts for small group conversations. Network, ask questions, and spark potential partnerships.

    Matchmaker: Producers seeking Distributors

    THURSDAY, JUNE 17 - 11:00AM-12:00PM

    Invited guests will be hosting tables, but all distributors and producers with a BANFF Marketplace pass are welcome to attend.

    Table hosts include:

    Matchmaker: Writers & Directors seeking Producers

    TUESDAY, JUNE 15 - 1:00PM-2:00PM

    Invited guests will be hosting tables, but all writers, directors and producers with a BANFF Marketplace pass are welcome to attend.

    Table hosts include:

    Producer life

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 - 1:00PM - 2:00PM

    Strategizing your pitch, broadcast partners and financing, publicity and much more.

    Table hosts include:

    Creating a healthier and more inclusive industry

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 - 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Join discussions on topics including diversifying workforces, authentic representation, mental health, and mentorship.

    Table hosts include:

    Creative conversations

    FRIDAY, JUNE 25 - 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Spark conversations with creators around topics including directing for TV, perfecting your pilot, crafting characters and so much more.

    Table hosts include:

    Commissioning FAQ

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 - 1:00PM-2:00PM

    Talk with buyers about subjects like commissioning post-COVID, buyer relationships, and the future forecast for drama, factual and natural history.

    Table hosts include:


  • 10 AWESOME THINGS AT BANFF 2021

    Bill Hader Kenan Thompson and Seth Meyers

    1) Calling all Saturday Night Live fans

    Kenan Thompson will be presented with this year's Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Rockie Awards ceremony streaming live on YouTube June 15 at 3pm EDT. Bill Hader, fellow Ustinov honouree and former Saturday Night Live cast member, will present Thompson with the Rockie. And to complete the SNL love-fest, Late Night with Seth Meyers host, Seth Meyers will interview Thompson on the BANFF virtual stage on June 16 at 12pm EDT, chatting about working together on SNL, Thompson's career and comedy today.

    2) Window into the 'Feature': the new strategies for releasing films

    The past year has been a groundshaking one for the media business with movie theatres and the theatrical windows have been impacted significantly. Join this panel of heavy-hitters as they dive into the future of film releasing and share insights into how producers can navigate and succeed in a world of competitive streamers and changed theatrical windows.

    Kara Swisher

    3) What it means to run a public broadcaster in 2021 (and beyond)

    Public media has never been so important, nor under so much threat. Join us as we gather executives leading some of the world's most prominent public broadcasters to discuss their role in the era of disinformation, and how they aim to fulfill their mandate to provide cultural and educational fare across platforms.

    Public Broadcasters

    4) Meet the Rockies jury & nominees + Rockies Roundtables

    Hear from Executive Producers, Creators and Producers of Rockies nominees including: I May Destroy You, Killing Eve, Brassic, El Presidente, The Last Ice, Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, House of Ho, Love on the Spectrum, War Stories, First Day and more.

    All Rockies Roundtables will be streaming on Friday, June 11.

    Meet the Rockie Awards nominees and jury on Tuesday, June 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET at our pre-Rockies mixer.

    Catch the Rockie Awards, live-streaming on YouTube June 15 at 3 p.m.

    5) Trend report: what's hot with kids now

    With thousands of cross-platform touchpoints, it's never been more difficult—or more important—to reach kids with content that captures and holds their attention. Don't miss this group of executives as they discuss what's trending in the kids-content business and where it's going to go next.

    Trend Report Kids Content

    6) Booming doc market: what's next for high-end factual features and limited series?

    Hear from some of the industry's top commissioners, producers and directors about how the influx of money and celebrity into the sector is impacting the business and the end product that makes it to the screen.

    Booming Documentary Market

    7) Oh Canada!

    In Conversation with: CRTC chairperson and CEO Ian Scott

    CRTC chairperson and CEO Ian Scott

    In Conversation With: Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

    Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

    One-on-One conversations with Canadian media leaders presented in partnership with Playback

    Canadian Media Leaders

    Where does the future of Canadian content production lie?

    One minute, it seems the sky is falling – the next, opportunities for domestic producers have never been greater. Here, production heads weigh in on how these pieces fit together, and what they mean for the future of the Canadian content sector.

    future of the Canadian content sector

    State of the Nation: Canadian industry at a crossroads

    The stakes are high. Never before has the Canadian industry been at such a pivotal position. Join us for a frank conversation with key stakeholders. How can the Canadian industry position itself to be successful in the quickly changing global business ecosystem?

    Canadian industry at a crossroads

    8) June 21st - International Indigenous Screen Industry Summit

    Timed on Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day – we've created a full program to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Programming will include creative and business conversations, as well as a Master Class featuring execs and cast from F/X's new Reservation Dogs series.

    All BANFF pass holders can take part in sessions and networking opportunities

    9) Chat rooms + Matchmakers

    Join industry experts and commissioners for small group discussions about important topics facing today's industry. Topic tables include:

    - Producer life: strategizing your pitch, broadcast partners and financing, publicity and much more

    - Creating a healthier and more inclusive industry: Join discussions on topics including diversifying workforces, authentic representation, mental health, and mentorship.

    - Creative conversations: Spark conversations with creators around topics including directing for TV, perfecting your pilot, crafting characters and so much more.

    - Commissioning FAQ: Talk with buyers about subjects like commissioning post-COVID, buyer relationships, and the future forecast for drama, factual and natural history.

    Matchmaker sessions are your chance to mingle and meet new potential partners and collaborators. Join us for:

    - Writers and directors seeking producers

    - Producers seeking distributors

    10) Tap into the minds of the top showrunners and directors

    We have expanded our creative-focused program to include a Director Superpanel featuring helmers from shows including WandaVision, Schitt's Creek, Billions and more. This is on top of the third annual Showrunner Superpanel, which includes creators from Grace & Frankie, Young Rock, Dickinson and Bob's Burgers.

    Also NEW are Showrunner Screentime and From the Director's Chair, small group networking opportunities to meet and discuss the industry with leading creative voices.

    We couldn't stick to just ten so here's one more. :)

    Visit the Castle in the Rockies virtually

    Banff National Park

    The Rockie Awards International Program Competition (streaming on Youtube June 15 at 3pm EDT) returns to the heart of Banff National Park to bring you this year's show. You'll be able to get a view of the reinvented Rundle Bar that has straight-up helped facilitate many business deals and stirred new relationships over BANFF's 42-year legacy. There'll even be an appearance by the ulti-mutt canine concierge – Bear.

  • Announcing the International Indigenous Screen Industry Summit - June 21, 2021

    EVENT TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 21 VIA BANFF'S VIRTUAL CONFERENCE PLATFORM

    BANFF is proud to launch this new initiative, aimed to facilitate conversation, highlight, and empower Indigenous media industry professionals from around the world. Taking place throughout the day on June 21st and hosted on the Festival's virtual conference platform, the event is timed to Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

    Open to all BANFF delegates, including Content and Marketplace pass holders, this day-long event includes a Master Class featuring Reservation Dogs, the new F/X series from producers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, as well as panels, round table discussions, curated networking events and a session with ground-breaking Canadian Indigenous creators.

    Thank you to the advisory board that has helped us to craft a truly unique program for this special day.

    The International Indigenous Screen Industry Summit will feature a full schedule of panels and networking including:

    A cultural conversation: the future of Indigenous broadcasting & streaming

    Indigenous content plays a growing role in the global media landscape, empowering and contributing to self-determination, narrative-sovereignty and the internationally recognized right of Indigenous peoples to establish their own media in their own languages. Join this gathering of international executives – many representing channels and platforms that serve audiences in Indigenous languages – for a broad conversation on resources, systemic obstacles, the power of co-production and how they hope to harness new and emerging technology to increase accessibility.

    Participants:

    • Lucy Tulugarjuk, Executive Director, Nunavut Independent Television Network / Managing Director, Uvagut TV
    • Maraos, Chair, Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation
    • Kim Larsen, Head of Television, KNR Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation
    • Alan Esslemont, Director General, TG4 and Chair, Celtic Media Festival
    • Maramena Roderick, Director of Content, Māori TV
    • Tanya Denning-Orman, Director of Indigenous Content, SBS

    Moderated by Monika Ille, CEO, APTN

    Nations to Nations: Canadian Indigenous stories on a global stage

    This is an exciting time for Canadian Indigenous content. Join this gathering of creators for a conversation about how international and domestic markets are responding to their latest work, across all platforms. Where do they see opportunities? What are the new pathways of collaboration? How are changes in the global media ecosystem opening up possibilities? And what can Canada do to become a leader in the development of Indigenous content?

    Participants:

    • Loretta Todd, Director, Monkey Beach
    • Jeff Barnaby, Filmmaker/Director, Blood Quantum
    • JJ Neepin, Director, Producer, Writer, Taken
    • Shane Belcourt, Director, Producer, Amplify

    Master class: Reservation Dogs

    A conversation with the stars and creative team of FX's Reservation Dogs, a new half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, faraway land of California. Created and executive produced by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, the series boasts the first-ever all-Indigenous creative team, represented by every writer, director and series regular.

    Participants:

    • Sterlin Harjo, Co-Creator and Executive Producer
    • Tazbah Chavez, Writer
    • D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Talent ("Bear")
    • Devery Jacobs, Talent ("Elora Danan")

    Stakeholders Roundtable

    An invitation-only round-table forum for global leadership of various regions and stakeholders to come together for discussion, reflection, strategy and sharing of insights. Following a brief introduction, attendees will head to smaller breakout sessions to discuss targeted current issues including policy, protocols, quotas, streamers, broadcasting, technology, advocacy, funding, consultation, and co-production.

    Speed Networking and Meet the Commissioners

    Presented by:

    Speed Networking

    A special gathering place for the international Indigenous screen community to meet all BANFF delegates including producers, directors, writers, broadcasters, streamers and industry organizations. This session will allow for focused one-on-one 3-minute meetings to maximize networking opportunities. It will be hosted in a virtual lounge, which also features tables for continued conversation in small groups.

    Meet the Commissioners

    An invitation-only opportunity for Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Métis producers to meet national and International broadcasters, streamers and strategic partners in a one-on-one speed-meeting format.

    The full agenda for this special day and the 2021 Banff World Media Festival is available HERE.

  • Announcing the Gala recipients to be honoured at this year’s 2021 Rockie Awards

    Live streaming on YouTube: June 15 at 3pm EDT

    Rockie Awards Gala

    The 42nd Rockie Awards is a special live-streamed event that will include both the International Program Competition winners culled from 142 nominations across 37 countries, and presentation of the prestigious Rockie Awards Gala honours.

    This year's Rockie Awards Gala honourees include: Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, Kenan), Danielle Brooks (Mahalia, Orange is the New Black), Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Kim's Convenience), the team from ARRAY (Selma, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) represented by Ava DuVernay, Tilane Jones, Regina Miller, Tammy Garnes & Dee Tuck, and Sinking Ship Entertainment (Dino Dan, Odd Squad, Ghostwriter).

    Comedian and YouTube personality Jasmeet Raina to host 42nd Rockie Awards International Program Competition and Gala from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

    Jasmeet Raina

    Bringing the magic of Banff, Alberta to the virtual awards show, Jasmeet Raina, one of Canada's most popular comedic talents and YouTube personality will host this year's Rockie Awards ceremony from Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada's majestic Rocky Mountains. Honourees and winners will be accepting awards from across the globe.

    Full bios of all honourees and this year's host can be viewed HERE.

    Rockie Awards International Program Competition nominees can be viewed HERE.

    Rockie Awards Gala honours to be bestowed:

    Rockie Awards

    SIR PETER USTINOV COMEDY AWARD: Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, Kenan) This storied award recognizes a creative talent who has made an outstanding comedic contribution to the media industry. Past honorees include Sean Hayes, John Cleese, Tracey Ullman, Bob Newhart, Tantoo Cardinal, John Candy and Bill Hader.

    A + E

    A+E INCLUSION AWARD: Danielle Brooks (Mahalia, Orange is the New Black) The A+E Inclusion Award recognizes an individual whose efforts and vision in media champion and reflect the diversity of the world in which we live. Past Honorees include: Niecy Nash, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Murray and Elizabeth Vargas.

    CMF FMC

    CANADIAN AWARD OF DISTINCTION: Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Kim's Convenience) Presented by The Canada Media Fund | Fonds des médias du Canada, this award is given to a Canadian whose body of work exemplifies outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry. Past Honorees include: Just For Laughs, Eric McCormack, Kim Cattrall and Sheila Hockin.

    Hollywood Reporter

    THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER IMPACT AWARD: The team from ARRAY (Selma, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Lingua Franca) Accepted by Ava DuVernay, Tilane Jones, Regina Miller, Tammy Garnes & Dee Tuck, this award is bestowed annually to an individual or group who has made a significant and impactful contribution to screen-based entertainment. Past honorees include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Shore, accepting on behalf of ​The Good Doctor; Anthony Anderson, accepting on behalf of ​black-ish; and Justin Simien accepting on behalf of Dear White People.

    Lionsgate

    INNOVATIVE PRODUCER AWARD: Sinking Ship Entertainment (Dino Dana, Odd Squad, Endlings) Presented by Lionsgate, the Innovative Producer Award recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence and achievements of an independent producer in TV/digital media. Past honorees include Wattpad Studios, Scott Brothers Entertainment, New Metric Media, Wolf + Rabbit, Don Carmody and marblemedia.

    Additional awards to be presented at the ceremony include:

    PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: The Program of the Year award is presented to an outstanding, critically acclaimed, ground-breaking, and/or highly rated program from within the last calendar year. Past recipients include: This is Us, Handmaid's Tale, Making a Murderer and Surviving R. Kelly.

    THE GRAND JURY PRIZE: The Grand Jury Prize is awarded to the highest scoring project in the Rockies Program Competition by the festival's specially appointed Grand Jury of industry executives. Past recipients include: Big Little Lies, Planet Earth II and Sharp Objects.

    In addition, the Festival is arranging virtual Rockie Awards Roundtables with select nominees from programs such as: Alone, Love on the Spectrum, Filthy Rich and Homeless, The Last Ice, Noughts + Crosses, I May Destroy You, About Sex, El Presidente and more. More details will be available in the coming weeks on the full agenda HERE.

  • Lotteries for Speed Meetings with Int'l Buyers, Production Partners and general sign-ups for new Pitch Doctor meetings open Monday May 17

    Don't miss your chance to secure pre-set meetings

    BANFF networking

    General sign-ups for the new PITCH DOCTOR meetings and Lotteries for SPEED MEETINGS with Buyers & PRODUCTION PARTNERS open NEXT MONDAY MAY 17

    Only registered Marketplace pass holders have access to more than 1,400 pre-set meeting slots with global streamers, networks, studios, distributors, co producers, showrunners, directors and more.

    BANFF's networking program provides the chance to meet with international buyers and decision makers including:

    Bell Media Networking

    + many more!

    OVER 5000 CURATED MEETING AND ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES AT BANFF 2021

    Sign ups for the below sessions start Tuesday May 25

    Small Group Networking

    Coffee With + Cocktails With
    You choose the beverage. Chat with content buyers, funders and investors.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH BUYERS YOU CAN MEET

    NEW! Showrunner Screentime
    Meet with showrunners from the world's hottest shows. Talk inspiration, creative challenges, or get inside how they run their writer's rooms.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH SHOWRUNNERS YOU CAN MEET

    NEW! From the Director's Chair
    Go inside the mind of renowned directors as they break down a recent piece of work & share industry advice.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH DIRECTORS YOU CAN MEET

    General Sign ups for Meet an Expert sessions start on May 26
    Meet with top agencies, distributors and lawyers. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH EXPERTS YOU CAN MEET

    Unlimited Meetings - No Sign Ups Needed For Drop-Ins

    Drop-In Networking

    NEW! Chatrooms - no sign-up required
    Matching writers & directors with producers, connecting producers with distributors, creating a healthier and more inclusive industry, commissioning FAQ and more - sit down in small groups to talk about what you're interested in.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE TOPICS & TABLE HOSTS

    NEW! Speed Networking - no sign up required
    Join us in the CBC-Radio Canada Delegate Lounge to be matched with attendees for five-minute speed meetings. Super-fun! Swipe left or right to find your match! We've got dedicated sessions for those interested Kids content, Docs & Factual, and Scripted/Drama.

  • Announcing the 2021 Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative participants

    THE BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 DIVERSITY OF VOICES PARTICIPANTS

    100 emerging and established Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour creators and producers from across Canada to participate in 4th edition of networking and market access program

    TORONTO, May 11, 2021 - The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF), in partnership with Netflix, the Black Screen Office (BSO), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), and la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), is pleased to announce the participants of the fourth edition of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative.

    This past year has put into sharp focus the persistent barriers and racism that communities of colour continue to face throughout the film and television industry. The 2021 Diversity of Voices Initiative was launched to help redress these systemic inequities and will support 100 Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour participants from across Canada as a part of this year's market access program.

    Participants will receive full access to the 2021 Banff World Media Festival for a month of blockbuster content and unparalleled networking with decision-makers from the Canadian and international media industry, which will take place in a new purpose-built online experience from June 14 to July 16. Participants will also take part in a tailored stream of programming and networking created to address specific needs and create new opportunities throughout the Festival.

    Additionally, twenty-five (25) of this year's participants will take part in the Diversity of Voices Pitch Program, through which they will receive one-on-one mentorship from media leaders as well as private networking opportunities with senior executives and buyers.

    "This is an important collaboration and step towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive cultural community," said Chris Regina, Director, Original Series at Netflix. "Congratulations to this year's participants, your voice is vital in continuing to build and elevate a vibrant industry and ensuring that all Canadians feel represented, in front of and behind the camera."

    "Equity and inclusion are guiding principles for the Canada Media Fund," said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF and member of the Board of Directors of the Banff World Media Festival. "Having made a commitment to combat systemic racism in the industry, we're delighted to continue supporting the BANFF Diversity of Voices program. One of numerous partnerships the CMF has established to improve access by underrepresented communities in our industry, the Diversity of Voices initiative has proven a resounding success. Participants have demonstrated successful development deals and rewarding business connections that have boosted their careers. Stories that are representative will soon make it to screens in Canada and around the world thanks to this initiative."

    BANFF serves as a crucial lifeline for many in the Canadian content industry, offering world-class education, networking, and business development opportunities. The Festival provides a platform for the evolving media industry to collaborate and advance its creative and business objectives, while serving as a leading destination for the genesis of new projects, and one of the most effective marketplaces for co-production and co-venture partners.

    2021 Diversity of Voices participants are members of the following diverse communities:

    • African - 7%
    • Black - 16%
    • Caribbean - 13%
    • East Asian - 6%
    • First Nations - 10%
    • Latinx - 10%
    • Métis - 3%
    • Middle Eastern - 7%
    • Multiracial - 12%
    • South Asian - 13%
    • Not listed - 3%

    2021 Diversity of Voices participants hail from the following provinces:

    • Alberta - 11%
    • British Columbia - 15%
    • Manitoba - 4%
    • Nova Scotia - 1%
    • Ontario - 48%
    • Québec - 19%
    • Saskatchewan - 2%

    The full list of the 2021 Diversity of Voices participants can be found here:
    https://banffmediafestival.playbackonline.ca/2021/banffdov/

    **The Banff World Media Festival defines "diverse community" according to the CMF's 2021-2022 Program Guidelines.

  • You don't want to miss these essential insights on the future of our industry

    BANFF delivers intel from the world's media leaders with exclusive thought leadership and strategies that will help guide your creative and business decisions in the months ahead.

    What it means to run a public broadcaster in 2021 (and beyond)

    BANFF 2021 speakers

    Public media has never been so important, nor under so much threat. What are the key strategies to not only survive but creatively and commercially thrive in today's media universe? Join the leaders stewarding the world's most prominent public broadcasters as they discuss opportunities in the era of disinformation, and how they aim to fulfill their mandate to provide cultural and educational fare across platforms.

    Business as unusual: the future of co-production and distribution

    BANFF 2021 speakers

    What are the new global strategic partnership models and how are they driving business? How are the interrupted production schedules of 2020/21 impacting development, presales and catalogue content? Where are the new opportunities for producers? Hear from those sitting around the negotiating table about the future of co-production, distribution partnerships and innovative alliances.

    Trend Report: what's hot with kids now

    BANFF 2021 speakers

    With thousands of cross-platform touchpoints, it's never been more difficult - or more important - to reach kids with entertaining and educational content that captures and holds their attention. Don't miss this group of network executives as they discuss what's trending in the kids-content business and where it's going to go next.

  • Maverick Carter to keynote at BANFF 2021 + Showrunner & Director superpanels and meeting opportunities

    Founded by Maverick Carter and his business partner LeBron James, The SpringHill Company is a growing media empire creating culturally inspired brands, entertainment and products

    Maverick Carter

    BANFF is proud to announce The SpringHill Company's CEO Maverick Carter will give a virtual keynote during the festival on June 16th. As an entrepreneur and media mogul, Carter has significantly impacted the sports and media landscape and helped usher in a new era of athlete empowerment. Under Carter, the company produces projects that reach cross-cultural and diverse audiences with the mission to empower greatness in every individual with shows like Emmy-winning documentary What's My Name, Muhammad Ali Part I, the upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy film, The Shop: UNINTERRUPTED on HBO, NBC's primetime gameshow The Wall and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker series for Netflix.

    The year's Festival will also feature Director and Showrunner Superpanels featuring prolific creatives such as Andrew Cividino (Schitt's Creek), Marta Kauffman (Friends, Grace & Frankie), Matt Shakman (WandaVision), Clement Virgo (The Wire, Greenleaf), Dawn Wilkinson (Locke & Key, How To Get Away With Murder), Nahnatchka Khan (Always Be My Maybe) to name a few.

    And for the first time ever, Marketplace Pass holders can sign up for Showrunner Screen Time, an intimate seven-person real time conversation opportunity with top showrunners featuring Steve Blackman (Umbrella Academy), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp), Vera Santamaria (PEN15), Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle), Loren Bouchard (Bob's Burgers), Anna Winger (Unorthodox, Deutschland83/86/89), Alena Smith (Dickinson), Sheri Elwood (Feudal, Lucifer) and Anthony Farrell (Secret Life of Boys).

    In addition to the addition of Maverick Carter, this year's premium lineup of keynotes includes Netflix's co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos; the new Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group Channing Dungey; Emmy® Award-nominated producer Greg Berlanti; Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kaley Cuoco; award-winning director and CEO of Mad Rabbit Kari Skogland; President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Kevin Feige, Canada's Minister of Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and CRTC Chairperson and CEO, Ian Scott, among others.

    The full agenda for the Festival is available HERE.

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault to give keynote at BANFF

    Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will speak on Thursday, June 17, participating in a virtual keynote conversation during the Festival's MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18, 2021), which kicks off a month of curated online programming.

    "In these difficult times, we couldn't be more proud to support a creative, dynamic and innovative industry that brings culture to the forefront. The Banff World Media Festival is a must-attend international marketplace where the world's largest broadcasters and digital media companies discuss issues and trends, forge relationships, and provide unique networking opportunities. New projects and co-productions take shape at this festival, allowing Canadian creativity to shine and spread to audiences across the globe." - The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    « En ces temps difficiles, on ne saurait être plus fiers de soutenir une industrie créative, dynamique et innovante qui met la culture au premier plan. Le Banff World Media Festival est un marché international incontournable où les plus grands diffuseurs et entreprises de médias numériques du monde discutent de problèmes et de tendances, forgent des relations et offrent des occasions de réseautage uniques. De nouveaux projets et coproductions y voient le jour, ce qui permet à la créativité canadienne de briller et de se répandre auprès des publics du monde entier. » - L'honorable Steven Guilbeault, ministre du Patrimoine canadien.

    The 2021 edition of the Festival is poised to build on the success of last year's virtual event, with a purpose-built online platform that will connect the global media industry in real-time to ignite new projects and support business development.

    "This is a watershed year with monumental challenges and paradigm change shaping the present and future for Canadian and international cultural and media industries" said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. "As the hub for important conversations that effect action and point the way forward, we are thrilled to host Minister Guilbeault at BANFF 2021. We look forward to working with the Canadian government and all industry stakeholders at this year's Festival and beyond."

    This news follows a previously announced keynote conversation with CRTC Chairman and CEO Ian Scott, an exclusive 'In Conversation With' featuring Channing Dungey, the new Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, Emmy® Award-nominated producer Greg Berlanti and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kaley Cuoco, a conversation between award-winning director Kari Skogland and Marvel's Kevin Feige, and an exclusive fireside chat with Netflix's Ted Sarandos.

  • This is as close to hanging out in the Rundle Lounge as it gets.

    Are you looking to option or commission new content? Got a show to pitch to studios, streamers or networks? Want to connect with top showrunners and directors? Need an agent, distribution or financing advice, or do you just miss having a laugh with your industry friends?

    We've got you covered with exclusive pre-set 1:1 and small group video meetings plus serendipitous networking sessions. Check out all of the amazing opportunities below.

    Meeting Lottery sign ups start May 17. Make sure you're registered to by then to have the greatest chance to secure the meetings you want.

    Over 5,000 curated networking & access opportunities + UNLIMITED meetings on the new BANFF platform with your Marketplace pass.

    Bell Media Networking

    Pitch Doctors
    In these 1:1 consultation sessions, the industry's most talented pitchers review your materials and give advice on how to deliver them with more punch.

    Speed Meetings with Buyers
    Meet 1:1 with studios, streamers and network execs who have the power to greenlight your project.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH BUYERS YOU CAN MEET

    Production Partners
    Meet 1:1 with production companies and studios that are looking for great ideas and partnerships.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH PRODCOS & STUDIOS YOU CAN MEET

    Small Group Networking

    Coffee With + Cocktails With
    You choose the beverage. Chat with content buyers, funders and investors.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH BUYERS YOU CAN MEET

    Meet an Expert
    Meet with top agencies, distributors and lawyers. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

    NEW! Showrunner Screentime
    Meet with showrunners from the world's hottest shows. Talk inspiration, creative challenges, or get inside how they run their writer's rooms.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH SHOWRUNNERS YOU CAN MEET

    NEW! From the Director's Chair
    Go inside the mind of renowned directors as they break down a recent piece of work & share industry advice.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH DIRECTORS YOU CAN MEET

    Drop-In Networking

    NEW! Chatrooms - no sign-up required
    Matching writers & directors with producers, connecting producers with distributors, creating a healthier and more inclusive industry, commissioning FAQ and more - sit down in small groups to talk about what you're interested in.
    CLICK HERE TO SEE TOPICS & TABLE HOSTS

    NEW! Speed Networking - no sign up required
    Join us in the CBC-Radio Canada Delegate Lounge to be matched with attendees for five-minute speed meetings. Super-fun! Swipe left or right to find your match! We've got dedicated sessions for those interested Kids content, Docs & Factual, and Scripted/Drama.

    But wait! There's more! We're adding new people for you to meet with every day. Check back often to stay in the loop!

  • BANFF'S 2021 Agenda has Launched!

    Our team has carefully curated this year's Festival to facilitate business by connecting delegates for meaningful face to face meetings through our renowned networking programs. Keynotes and panels will address the most pressing issues affecting the industry, as well as creative conversations to celebrate the best in content, craft and storytelling. BANFF is the place to go for unparalleled access to media decision makers, thought leadership and creative trailblazers.

    Discover all of the sessions and speakers, and check back often as there is much more to come!

    View BANFF Agenda

    Already announced content includes keynote conversations with industry leaders including: Netflix Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey, prolific producer Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer and Actor Kaley Cuoco, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, Kevin Feige and award-winning director and CEO of Mad Rabbit Kari Skogland.

  • BANFF's 2021 Rockie Awards International Program Competition Nominees Announced

    142 nominees from 37 countries across 29 categories

    Live stream to take place June 15 at 3pm EDT

    SCREEN CLIPS FROM ALL NOMINATED PROGRAMS HERE

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is pleased to announce the full list of nominees for the 2021 Rockie Awards InternationalProgram Competition, recognizing excellence in television and digital media from around the globe. The Rockies Program Competition ceremony will stream live on YouTube during this year's Festival at 3pm EDT on Tuesday, June 15th.

    This year's nominees are a showcase of the spirit, creativity and truly exceptional work the global entertainment industry continued to produce amidst a year of challenge and change.

    Leading nominations by company are:
    • BBC Studios – 27 nominations
    • HBO – 9 nominations
    • CBC – 8 nominations
    • PBS – 6 nominations
    • Sky – 6 nominations
    • Discovery – 5 nominations
    • National Geographic – 5 nominations

    Leading nominations by country are:
    • United States – 51 nominations
    • United Kingdom – 47 nominations
    • Canada – 36 nominations
    • Australia – 7 nominations
    • France – 7 nominations
    • Germany – 6 nominations
    • The Netherlands – 6 nominations

    SEE ALL THE NOMINEES HERE

    In addition to the Grand Jury Prize, the $25,000 Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content, awarded to the top Canadian production and The Francophone Prize for the top French language production will also be awarded. In total, 29 awards will be bestowed in the category streams of Documentary & Factual, Arts & Entertainment, Children & Youth, Scripted, and Podcast, in addition to the presentation of several Rockies Gala Awards to be announced soon.

  • Meet SHOWRUNNERS, DIRECTORS + networks, streamers & studios in NEW 1:1 and group sessions

    NEW! ONLY MARKETPLACE PASS HOLDERS CAN SIGN UP TO MEET WITH SHOWRUNNERS & DIRECTORS FROM SOME OF THE BIGGEST HIT SHOWS

    *Advance sign-up is required.

    SHOWRUNNER SCREEN TIME

    These sessions take place as intimate six-person meetings. Talk inspiration, creative challenges, or get inside how they run their writer's rooms.

    Meeting hosts include:

    BANFF 2021 Meeting Hosts

    FROM THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

    Meet with renowned directors in intimate group sessions. Discuss recent works, talk about opportunities or glean industry advice. Directors participating in this meetings program will be announced soon.

    'SPEED MEETINGS' & 'COFFEE OR COCKTAILS WITH' SESSIONS CONNECT YOU WITH NETWORKS, STREAMERS AND STUDIOS

    *Advance sign-up is required.

    Marketplace pass holders have the opportunity to sign up to meet 1:1 or in small groups with executives from companies including:

    BANFF 2021 Meet with these companies

    ADDITIONAL NETWORKING SESSIONS THIS YEAR AT BANFF INCLUDE:

    *Advance sign-up is required.

    30 MINUTES WITH
    Featuring some of the most in-demand buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming needs, future plans and priorities.

    NEW! MEET AN EXPERT
    This session will assemble some of the top agencies, distributors and lawyers in the industry.

    NEW! PITCH DOCTORS
    Perfect your pitch in these 15-minute consultation sessions, some of the industry's most talented pitchers will take a look at your materials and give you advice on how to deliver them to maximize impact.

    NEW! SPEED NETWORKING
    *No advance sign-up is required.

    Join us in the Delegate Lounge to be matched with attendees for five-minute speed meetings. Meet many like-minded potential business partners in a short time period. These sessions will be programmed around specific groups, interests and genres of programming.

  • Exclusive 'In Conversation With' Channing Dungey, Greg Berlanti and Kaley Cuoco

    Channing Dungey Greg Berlanti and Kaley Cuoco

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce an exclusive 'In Conversation With' session featuring Channing Dungey, the new Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, Emmy® Award-nominated producer Greg Berlanti and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kaley Cuoco. The trio will sit down on Friday June 18 during BANFF's Marketplace Week for an in-depth discussion on the creative and business future of the industry and a dive deep into the making of the blockbuster comedic thriller The Flight Attendant.

    The virtual Festival will take place June 14 - July 16, 2021 via an all-new bespoke online platform that will connect the global media industry in real time to ignite new projects and foster business development. Marketplace Week (June 14-18) will kick off the event with a full slate of meetings, events, the Rockie Awards, and networking designed to facilitate 1:1 and group meetings.

    A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. That's the beginning of the story of The Flight Attendant, the breakout hit HBO Max/Warner Bros. Television series from executive producer/star Kaley Cuoco and executive producer Greg Berlanti. Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey will join Cuoco and Berlanti for an exclusive conversation about the critically acclaimed, globe-trotting dark comedy which took flight as HBO Max's #1 series during its first season and was nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards, among many others. Dungey, Cuoco and Berlanti will also discuss plans for their next collaboration - a limited series based on the life of Doris Day, to be produced by Cuoco's Yes, Norman Productions and Berlanti Productions - and more.

    This news follows recent BANFF 2021 content announcements, including an exclusive 'In Conversation With' featuring award-winning director Kari Skogland and Marvel's Kevin Feige, and an exclusive fireside chat with Netflix's Ted Sarandos.

  • Marvel's Kevin Feige and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland join BANFF lineup

    Kevin Feige and Kari Skogland

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is thrilled to announce an exclusive 'In Conversation With' session featuring Kari Skogland, award-winning director and CEO of Mad Rabbit and Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel.

    The virtual Festival will take place June 14 - July 16, 2021 via an all-new bespoke online platform that will connect the global media industry to ignite new projects and support business development.

    Presented in partnership with the Director's Guild of Canada, this exclusive conversation will take place between Skogland and Feige, who've joined forces as director and executive producer, respectively, of Marvel Studios' new series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, streaming exclusively on Disney+. Don't miss this discussion as Skogland and Feige delve into the making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series and share their thoughts on the future of storytelling.

    "As one of the biggest and most popular media brands, Marvel has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry; a leader in producing hit content," said Randy Lennox, Chair of the BANFF Board of Directors. "We are excited to welcome visionary pioneer Kevin Feige and the wildly talented Canadian Director and Producer Kari Skogland to the Festival."

    "Kevin and Kari represent some of the most innovative professionals working in the global screen industries today. This is an unbelievable opportunity to dive into their minds and hear their perspectives on the business and art of entertainment," added Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival.

    Today's news follows recent BANFF 2021 content announcements, including last week's Summit Series keynote conversation with Netflix's co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.

  • Ted Sarandos to keynote as part of BANFF's prestigious Summit Series

    Netflix Co-CEO and Chief COntent Officer Ted Sarandos

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce Netflix's Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos is set to speak in a virtual keynote as part of the Festival's renowned Summit Series lineup. The session is scheduled on the Festival's opening day Monday, June 14th.

    "Over the last 10-plus years we have been thrilled to share great stories with Canadians, and work with some of the best creators from across the country," commented Sarandos. "As we expand our local presence further, collaborating with partners like the BANFF World Media Festival helps us deepen these relationships and bring more Canadian entertainment to our members around the world. Even though we won't be able to gather in person this time, I look forward to the unique dialogue BANFF offers."

    "The impact that Ted Sarandos and Netflix have had on the entertainment business and on the lives of people around the globe is impossible to quantify and has become much more evident over the past year," said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. "Ted continues to support new voices and champion groundbreaking work, raising the bar for creative excellence. The festival is thrilled to welcome him as Netflix Canada celebrates its 10th anniversary, for what is sure to be an inspiring keynote conversation, outlining his global vision and tackling some of the big questions in the industry and where it's headed amid continuing seismic change."

    Sarandos serves as Chief Content Officer and co-CEO at Netflix. He oversees the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series from around the world such as Stranger Things, Dark (Germany) La Casa de Papel (Spain), Sacred Games (India) and The Witcher (Poland), and films including The Irishman, Murder Mystery, Bird Box, the 3-time Academy Award winning film ROMA and the Academy Award winning Marriage Story. Ted has been responsible for all content operation since 2000, and led the company's transition into original content production that began in 2013 with the launch of the series House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange Is the New Black, among numerous others. Today, Netflix is available in 190 countries and Netflix originals have received numerous awards around the world including 114 Primetime Emmy wins, 8 Academy Awards, and 7 BAFTA Film Awards including Best Film.

    This keynote announcement follows on recent panel reveals including BANFF's renowned Showrunner Superpanel and a high-level international producer panel which will examine how the industry continues to adapt to audience and industry trends.

  • The world's most influential creative and business minds to discuss strategies and industry outlook at this year's Festival

    Showrunner Superpanel: making content for the new world

    Don't miss this conversation with some of the world's top showrunners discussing storytelling in 2021, addressing systemic racism on and off screen and adapting to creating new high end scripted series amid a global content boom with continuously shifting guideposts.Showrunners at BANFF 2021

    Tales from the hitmakers: strategies for the streaming era

    The business of content creation has changed dramatically in the past 12 months, with new platforms launching and consumer habits shifting. Join our panel of superstar producers for a vibrant discussion on how they are working with the streamers and networks, and the impacts that the past year is having on their strategies and all levels of the industry. What does the world of creating hit content look like from their vantage point?

    Producers at BANFF 2021

    WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED. STAY TUNED FOR MANY MORE EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME IN THE COUNTDOWN TO BANFF 2021!

  • Over 50 international buyers and decision makers have already signed on to take meetings in our networking program

    Our signature Speed Meetings and Coffee With, as well as NEW 1:1 and group networking formats will provide exclusive opportunities for creators and producers to meet with development executives, distributors, agents and content funders.

    PLUS on our new virtual event platform there are UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES to chat and set up meetings in your own private video screening room.

    Here are just a few content execs and decision makers taking part in BANFF 2021

    Executives at BANFF 2021

    VIEW ALL CONFIRMED 2021 SPEAKERS

    Other companies already confirmed for BANFF 2021 include BBC, CNN, Discovery, M6, MGM Studios, Netflix, National Geographic, Quebecor, Starz, Super RTL, Warner Bros. Television, YLE, ZDF and more.

    BANFF is the industry's best opportunity for creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading international development executives, distributors, agents and industry decision makers who can move your TV or digital project into development and onto greenlight.

  • CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott to give a keynote on BANFF's Opening Day

    CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott

    The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott, will speak on BANFF 2021's opening day Monday, June 14, with a virtual keynote session as the Festival launches MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18) followed by a month of curated online programming.

    "I am pleased to help kick off the world-renowned BANFF festival. In these unprecedented times, we've come to appreciate even more the importance of Canada's high-quality broadcasting and production industries. While we must all adapt to significant changes, including proposed legislative changes that aim to make the broadcasting system more inclusive, this is nevertheless an exciting time for all those involved in the field. I'm certain the festival as a whole will reflect this enthusiasm and I look forward to contributing to this ongoing dialogue," stated Ian Scott, the CRTC' Chairperson and CEO.

    With delegates from more than 50 countries, BANFF attracts the world's top creators, producers, showrunners, talent, networks, studios, streamers, press and media companies. The 2021 edition of the Festival is poised to build on the success of last year's virtual event, with a purpose-built online platform that will connect the global media industry to ignite new projects and support business development.

    "Chairperson Scott's keynote session at the Festival comes at a pivotal time of critical examination and foundational change for the Canadian and international media industry," said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. "As the place for candid conversations that effect action and point the way forward, we are thrilled to host the head of the CRTC at BANFF 2021."

    In addition to its Festival programming and marketplace, BANFF continues to deliver important fellowships and initiatives including The BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media, supported by the Government of Canada which empowers Canadian women entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own sustainable businesses within the screen-based industries as well as the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative, a program that jumpstarts and accelerates the careers of up to 100 Black, Indigenous and people of colour producers and creators.

  • Meet, Screen, Pitch, Enlighten & Socialize

    From June 14-18, BANFF's new online experience will bring the global industry together in real time for MARKETPLACE WEEK.

    EXPAND YOUR BUBBLE

    Speed Meetings, Coffee With, new 1:1 and group networking will provide exclusive opportunities for creators and producers to meet with development executives, distributors, agents and content funders. PLUS on our new platform there are unlimited opportunities to chat and set up meetings in your own private video screening room.

    BANFF 2021 Decision Makers

    See more industry decision makers taking part in BANFF 2021 HERE

  • We’re proud to introduce our 2021 Content Advisory Board

    This year's advisors are an esteemed group of international industry leaders who will work with our content team to help guide programming for this year's Festival.

    BANFF 2021 Content Advisory Board

  • It’s an amazing festival, in an amazing location. Stuff happens here. The setting allows everyone to relax [...] and open up.
    – - John Morayniss, Co-President, Film, Television and Digital

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