NETWORKING

Networking & Facilitated Meetings

BANFF 2024 offers over 1,200 curated one-on-one and small group meeting opportunities to make new connections and move your projects and career forward.

Key sign-up dates:

April 10 - April 18: Pitch Doctors (virtual; first come, first served)
April 29 - May 2: Speed Meetings & Production Partners (lottery selection)
May 13 - June 7: Speed Meetings & Production Partners (first come, first served)
May 21 - June 7: Small group meetings (first come, first served)

Click the meeting type below to learn more.

1:1 Meetings:
*advance sign-up required
Small Group Meetings:
*advance sign-up required
Drop-in Group Networking:

1:1 Meetings

*advance sign-up is required

Pitch Doctors - Virtual

Perfect your pitch! These 13-minute virtual consultation sessions are designed to help you get ready to pitch in Banff. 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.

*NEW for BANFF 2024* Pitch Doctors Webinar

Get insight from industry executives who have heard hundreds of pitches. They share their expertise in how best to prepare for your in-person pitch meetings at BANFF. There is a q & a during the session so you can have your questions answered in this live webinar.

Speed Meetings

BANFF’s Speed Meetings are a fantastic opportunity for content creators and producers to meet one-on-one with leading development executives, distributors, programmers 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 8-minute time slots, with a 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 at BANFF: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11

Key dates:
Lottery selection opens: April 29
Lottery selection closes: May 2

First come, first served sign-up opens: May 13
First come, first served sign-up closes: June 7

*If you don’t secure your meeting(s) or a stand by spot through the lottery or first come, first served sign-up, there will be wait lines on site at BANFF. The wait line will operate on a first come, first served basis, and there will be no wait list.

How to sign up: Sign-up for all Speed Meetings and Production Partners is required in advance. Meetings are assigned by lottery. Which hosts you are set up with is determined by the genres you select via BANFFXchange. Stay tuned for the agenda for a list of Speed Meeting hosts for these sessions.

Delegates may make up to 10 Speed Meeting host selections but will be assigned a maximum of 1 confirmed meetings and 1 standby spots through the lottery. Delegates also have the opportunity to book 1 additional spot through first come, first served sign-ups (which allow you to secure your meeting directly). Delegates may join the wait line in person at BANFF for last-minute openings.

Prepare for your Speed Meetings by reviewing the Buyer Profiles on BANFFXchange. This is an invaluable resource about what buyers are looking for at BANFF 2024 and what a pitch for them should always include.

Check the 30 Minutes With and Spotlight schedules to see if the company you are meeting with will be hosting a buyer briefing to talk about their current and future programming needs.

Production Partners

Production company development execs will be taking one-on-one, 8-minute pitches. Similar in format 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 at BANFF: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Key dates:
Lottery selection opens: April 29
Lottery selection closes: May 2

First come, first served sign-up opens: May 13
First come, first served sign-up closes: June 7

*If you don’t secure your meeting(s) or a stand by spot through the lottery or first come, first served sign-up there will be a wait line at BANFF on June 11. The wait line will operate on a first come, first served basis, and there will be no wait list.

How to sign up: Slots for Production Partners are assigned by lottery with available meeting hosts via BANFFXchange. Stay tuned for the agenda for a list of Production Partners for this session.

Delegates may make up to 10 Production Partner host selections. Delegates are limited to 1 confirmed meeting and 1 standby spot through the lottery. Delegates also have the opportunity to book 1 additional spot through first come, first served sign-ups. Delegates may join the wait line in person at BANFF for last-minute openings.

Small Group Meetings

*advance sign-up is required


These intimate sessions assemble some of the top agents, buyers, directors, distributors, producers and showrunners and make them available for you to meet with. These informal sessions are not about pitching but discovering what these industry experts can offer you and your business.

How to sign up: Sign-up for all hosted small group meetings is first come, first served online via BANFFXchange and delegates will be able to book 1 spot in each session type. Sign-up dates are listed below. There will be session wait lines on site at BANFF.

Meet an Agent

First come, first served sign-up opens: May 21
First come, first served sign-up closes: June 7

Meet a Board Member

First come, first served sign-up opens: May 21
First come, first served sign-up closes: June 7

Meet a Distributor

First come, first served sign-up opens: May 21
First come, first served sign-up closes: June 7

Meet a Showrunner or Director

First come, first served sign-up opens: May 21
First come, first served sign-up closes: June 7

Drop-in Group Networking

*advance sign-up is NOT required

Topic Tables

Introduced at BANFF 2023, these popular 45-minute informal sessions are a great way to add to your network by connecting with the right people. Hosted by industry experts, join these guided conversations to gain insight into topics including treaties and co-productions, financing, AI, sustainability and more! Up to 7 delegates can join a topic table at one time and are invited to move from one table to another as space allows.

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