NETWORKING

NETWORKING

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.

one-to-one meetings

*advanced sign up required

Interactive Q&A with international studios, streamers and networks

small group meetings

*advanced sign up required

drop-in networking

pitch doctors

Perfect your pitch! In these 15-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 date: Thursday, May 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

How to sign-up: Sign-up for all meetings with Pitch Doctor hosts are FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED. If you don’t secure your meetings through the general sign-up there will be a wait line for this session on May 27. The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.

General sign-up opens: Monday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

General sign-up closes: Thursday, May 20 at 11:59 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 are assigned by LOTTERY with available meeting hosts determined based on the genres you select via BANFFXchange.

Delegates may submit for up to 10 Speed Meeting hosts. Delegates are limited to 2 confirmed meetings through the lottery, but if spots are still available after the lottery runs, general sign-ups will open (which allow you to secure your meeting directly), and delegates may join the wait line for last minute openings.

Prepare for your Speed Meetings by reviewing the Buyer Profiles on BANFFXchange, which share invaluable information about what meeting hosts are looking for at BANFF 2021 and what a pitch for them should always include.

Check the 30 Minutes With schedule to see if the company you are meeting with will be hosting a buyer briefing to talk about their current and future programming needs ahead of your one-on-one Speed Meeting.

Key dates:

  • Lottery opens: Monday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Lottery closes: Thursday, May 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • General sign-up opens: Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • General sign-up closes: Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm EDT

*If you don’t secure your meetings through the lottery or general sign-up 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 partners

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 are assigned by LOTTERY with available meeting hosts determined based on the genres you select via BANFFXchange.

Delegates may submit for up to 10 Production Partners hosts. Delegates are limited to 1 confirmed meeting through the lottery, but if spots are still available after the lottery runs, general sign-ups will open (which allow you to secure your meeting directly), and delegates may join the wait line for last minute openings.

Key dates:

  • Lottery opens: Monday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Lottery closes: Thursday, May 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • General sign-up opens: Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • General sign-up closes: Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm EDT

*If you don’t secure your meetings through the lottery or general sign-up 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: Slots for Coffee With and Cocktails With sessions are assigned by LOTTERY via BANFFXchange.

Delegates may submit for up to four Coffee With and Cocktails With hosts. Delegates are limited to 1 Coffee With and Cocktails With confirmed meeting through the lottery, but if spots are still available after the lottery runs, general sign-ups will open (which allow you to secure your meeting directly), and delegates may join the wait line for last minute openings.

Key dates:

  • Lottery Opens: Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Lottery Closes: Thursday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • General Sign-up opens: Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • General sign-up closes: Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm EDT

*There is no wait line for Coffee With and Cocktails With sessions on the day of the event, all meetings are 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.

Session dates:

  • Tuesday, June 29: Distributors
  • Tuesday, July 6: Agents
  • Tuesday, July 13: Lawyers

How to sign-up: Sign-up for all meetings with Meet an Expert hosts is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED. Delegates are able to sign-up for 1 Meet an Expert session, however, during this session you have the opportunity to meet and chat with up to three (3) hosts (*hosts will rotate every 20 minutes during the 60 minute session).

Key dates:

  • General Sign up Opens: Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • General Sign Up Closes: Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm EDT

*There is no wait line for Meet an Expert sessions on the day of the event, all meetings are 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: Slots for Showrunner Screen Time sessions are assigned by LOTTERY via BANFFXchange.

Delegates may submit for up to four Showrunner Screen Time hosts. Delegates will be awarded a maximum of 1 confirmed meeting through the lottery, but if spots are still available after the lottery runs, general sign-ups will open (which allow you to secure your meeting directly).

Key dates:

  • Lottery Opens: Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Lottery Closes: Thursday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • General Sign-up opens: Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • General Sign-up closes: Monday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

*There is no wait line for Showrunner Screen Time sessions on the day of the event, all meetings are 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: Slots for From the Director’s Chair sessions are assigned by LOTTERY via BANFFXchange.

Delegates may submit for up to four From the Director’s Chair hosts. Delegates will be awarded a maximum of 1 confirmed meeting through the lottery, but if spots are still available after the lottery runs, general sign-ups will open (which allow you to secure your meeting directly).

Key dates:

  • Lottery Opens: Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Lottery Closes: Thursday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • General Sign-up opens: Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • General Sign-up closes: Monday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

*There is no wait line for From the Director’s Chair sessions on the day of the event, all meetings are confirmed in advance of the event date.

chatrooms

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.

speed networking

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.

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