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A national training and access program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour creators and producers.

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About the program:

The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative will jumpstart and accelerate the careers of up to 100 participants by providing full registration access to the festival, a bespoke professional development curriculum plus access to networking opportunities with key industry buyers, with a dedicated mandate to offer a portion of fellowships to francophone and women professionals.

In addition, a sub-group of twenty-five (25) of the program participants will be selected to take part in the Diversity of Voices Pitch Program, through which they will receive personalized advice from high-profile industry mentors and private networking or pitching opportunities with senior international development executives.


Throughout 2020, a stark light has been shone on the systemic inequities and racism that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities continue to face throughout society, including in the film and television industry. Although diversity, inclusion, and representation are continuous priorities in BANFF’s content and fellowships programs, we can and intend to do more to champion meaningful change and support these underrepresented communities. In this spirit, the 2021 edition of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative will be open exclusively to candidates who identify as being from one or more racially diverse groups, such as African, Black, Caribbean, East Asian, First Nations, Inuit, Latinx, Métis, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Western Asian.

Now entering its fourth year, the Diversity of Voices Initiative was designed to offer a professional springboard for francophone, Indigenous, and women creators and producers from across Canada. We will continue the program’s mandate to support these communities, but with an intersectional focus. The 2021 edition of the program will be especially seeking applications from francophone candidates of colour, Indigenous candidates, and women candidates of colour, as well as candidates of colour of all genders.

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Congratulations to the 2020 participants of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative:

Pitch Program Participants

  • Richard Angers
  • Camille Beaudoin
  • Julian Black Antelope
  • Miryam Charles
  • Patricia Chica
  • Isabelle Couture
  • Jennifer Dainty
  • Paula Devonshire
  • Catherine Dulude
  • Gemma Holdway
  • Schelby Jean-Baptiste
  • Sarah Kelley
  • Tania Koenig-Gauchier
  • Cam Lizotte
  • Chrystelle Maechler
  • Gillian McKercher
  • Shirley Mclean
  • Gillian Muller
  • Celeste Parr
  • Marie-Claude Poulin
  • Annette Reilly
  • Michaella Shannon
  • Katie Weekley
  • Supinder Wraich
  • Rayne Zukerman

Professional Development Program Participants

  • Claude Barnes
  • Jackie Bateman
  • Maxime Beauchamp
  • Marylou Belugou
  • Josiane Blanc
  • Tanya Brunel
  • Wendell Collier
  • Ryan Cooper
  • Mooky Cornish
  • Norm Coyne
  • Miranda Currie
  • Sage Daniels
  • Erica Daniels
  • Rebecca Davey
  • Nicole Demerse
  • Isabelle Depelteau
  • Erica Deutschman
  • Caitlin English
  • Kristina Esposito
  • Florian Francois
  • Jean Fugazza
  • Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
  • Jonathan Gaj
  • Sonia Godding
  • Benjamin Ross Hayden
  • Rebeka Herron
  • Quitterie Hervouet
  • Wendy Hill-Tout
  • Shaelyn Johnston
  • Dominique Keller
  • Mike Klemak
  • Veronika Kurz
  • Jessica L'Heureux
  • Louise Lalonde
  • Mishann Lau
  • Samantha MacAdam
  • Djia Mambu
  • Eisha Marjara
  • Emilie Martel
  • Vanessa Matsui
  • Shana McCalla
  • Jessica Meya
  • Katie Meyer
  • Jordan Molaro
  • Angie O'Bomsawin
  • Murry Peeters
  • Elodie Pollet
  • Colin Riendeau
  • Carla Robinson
  • Kelly Saxberg
  • Michael Roik
  • Léa Rondot
  • Amanda Roy
  • Kelly Saxberg
  • Katia Shannon
  • Gina Simone
  • Lana Slezic
  • Patty Srisuwan
  • Jana Stackhouse
  • Paul Stoica
  • Bronwyn Szabo
  • Eva Thomas
  • Jody Thompson
  • Laurie Townshend
  • Neegan Trudel
  • Margarita Valderrama
  • Melissa Van Soelen
  • Rechna Varma
  • Natasha Vassell
  • Amber Verville
  • Kristel Viduka
  • Colette Vosberg
  • Kristina Wagenbauer
  • Priscilla White
  • Deborah Wilton
  • Asia Youngman

"Life changing. What I learned and who I met in such a short period of time was amazing." Joy Haskell, Writer/Director/Producer

"I didn’t realize how much I wanted to write for TV until I was at BANFF and I wouldn’t have been able to have that realization had it not been for the DoV Pitch Program." Ana-Marija Stojic, Creator/Comedian

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