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BANFF 2021 offers over 5,000 curated meeting opportunities to move your projects and career forward.
Click the icons below to learn more about each networking format and HOW to sign up. Networking is only available with a MARKETPLACE PASS.
Perfect your pitch! In these 13-minute one-on-one 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 their impact.
Session completed: Thursday, May 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT
speed meetings with buyers
BANFF’s Speed Meetings with Buyers are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading program buyers and funders. This is your opportunity to connect with partners who can help take your screen-based project to the next stage.
Specifically designed to be eight (8)-minute time slots, with a two (2)-minute transition time between meetings, this program has facilitated thousands of partnerships and has led to millions of dollars in new content.
Session dates: Wednesday, June 16; Wednesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 30
How to sign-up: Slots for Speed Meetings with Buyers were assigned by LOTTERY with available meeting hosts determined based on the genres selected via BANFFXchange. If you didn’t secure your meetings, there will be wait lines on June 16, 23 and 30. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.
Production company development execs will be taking one-on-one, eight (8)-minute pitches in this new session type for BANFF 2021. Similar to our Speed Meeting sessions, this is your chance to pitch to production companies and studios who are looking for great ideas and partnerships.
Session date: Wednesday, June 23
How to sign-up: Slots for Production Partners were assigned by LOTTERY with available meeting hosts determined based on the genres selected via BANFFXchange. If you didn’t secure your meetings, there will be a wait line on June 23. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.
30 minutes with
These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities in conversation with a leading industry producer. The opportunity to submit questions to the commissioners will be available during these live sessions.
See the agenda for a list of dates and hosts for these sessions. No sign-up is required for these sessions.
coffee with / cocktails with
Spend some quality time getting to know the buyers who can greenlight your projects. These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to meet in small groups with funders, buyers and commissioning executives.
Coffee With session dates: Friday, June 25; Friday July 9 and Friday, July 16
Cocktails With session dates: Thursday, June 24; Thursday, July 8 and Thursday, July 15
How to sign-up: There is no wait line for Coffee With and Cocktails With sessions on the day of the event, all meetings were secured in advance.
meet an expert
This session will assemble some of the top agencies, distributors and lawyers in the industry and make them available for you to meet with. Find out what these industry experts can offer you and your business.
- Tuesday, June 29: Distributors
- Tuesday, July 6: Agents
- Tuesday, July 13: Lawyers
How to sign-up: There is no wait line for Meet an Expert sessions on the day of the event, all meetings were confirmed in advance of the event date.
showrunner screen time
A new intimate seven-person 45-minute session with top showrunners. Talk inspiration, creative challenges, or get inside how they run their writer’s rooms
Session dates: Thursday, June 17 and Monday, June 28
How to sign-up: There is no wait line for Showrunner Screen Time sessions on the day of the event, all meetings were confirmed in advance of the event date.
from the director’s chair
Go inside the mind of renowned directors. This session format gives you the opportunity to meet virtually with a director as they break down a recent piece of work and share industry advice with a small group of BANFF delegates.
Session dates: Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, July 7
How to sign-up: There is no wait line for From the Director’s Chair sessions on the day of the event, all meetings were confirmed in advance of the event date.
Join our hosts for small group conversations about important topics facing today’s industry and important industry connections.
See the agenda for a list of dates and hosts for these sessions. No sign-up is required for these small group meetings, which are hosted in AirMeet.
Join us in the Delegate Lounge to be matched with attendees for five-minute speed meetings. These networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period.
Keep an eye on the agenda for designated Speed Networking blocks for different groups and genres of programming.