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

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 2021, 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 2021 participants of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative:

  • Tobi Abdul
  • Ryan Atimoyoo
  • Samir Ballou
  • Ian Bawa
  • Harmeet Bhatti
  • Mariah Braun
  • Duane Crichton
  • Maya Despres-Bedward
  • Ashley Duong
  • Cynthia-Laure Etom
  • Kevin Fitzgerald
  • Nadine Gomez
  • Mandeq Hassan
  • Jose Holder
  • Eric Janvier
  • Shant Joshi
  • Maziyar Khalighi
  • Jerome Kruin
  • JP Larocque
  • Raquel Lopez Bouganin
  • Abdul Malik
  • Andy Marshall
  • Reem Morsi
  • Julie O'Bomsawin
  • Tanis Parenteau
  • Atul Rao
  • Boris Rodriguez
  • Mostafa Shaker
  • Ian Steaman
  • Sina Sultani
  • Kassia Ward
  • Helmann Wilhelm
  • Jerry Wolf
  • Fabio Abreu
  • Joe Balass
  • Marie Barlizo
  • Jessica Beauplat
  • Adrian Bobb
  • Nicole Chrysostom-Murray
  • Damon D'Oliveira
  • Kik Di Nino
  • Damien Eaglebear
  • Osas Eweka
  • Laura Friedmann
  • Kara Harun
  • Natasha Heschelle
  • Stephanie Hooker
  • Vincent T Joachim
  • Hussein Juma
  • Ian Mark Kimanje
  • Eric Lafalaise
  • Stephanie Law
  • Dianne Mahoney
  • P.J. Marcellino
  • Stephie Mazunya
  • Daniela Mujica
  • Ananya Ohri
  • Giorgio Picone
  • Laura Rivera
  • Justice Rutikara
  • Renuka Singh
  • Chris Strikes
  • Ildiko Susany
  • Rachel Webb
  • Grant Willier
  • Amita Zamaan
  • Tatiana Zinga Botao
  • Darren Anthony
  • Juan Cruz Baldassarre
  • Mariam Barry
  • Anaelle Beglet
  • Jamie Bourque
  • Andrew Chung
  • Kristin Davis
  • Kent Donguines
  • Helena Morgane
  • Emilia Eyo
  • Mia Golden
  • Joy Haskell
  • Chrisann Hessing
  • Ania Jamila
  • Wanda John
  • Seydou Kane
  • Tally Knoll
  • Kristen Lambie
  • Arnold Lim
  • Arantza Maldonado Trejo
  • Chelsey Mark
  • Vanessa Mitchell
  • Cathryn Naiker
  • Gio Olmos
  • Richard Pierre
  • Chris Robinson
  • Anjali Sandhu
  • Trevor Solway
  • Weiye Su
  • Sami Tesfazghi
  • Marc Whiteway
  • Allison Wilson-Forbes
  • Gabrielle Zilkha

"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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