The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is launching four months of premium online content from May to September that will connect the international media industry, ignite new projects and support business development. The Rockie Awards (June 15) and BANFF Day (June 16) will tentpole the season of programming, the majority of which will be offered to the global industry free of charge.
International media companies already signed up to participate in sessions and exclusive networking offerings. The list so far includes: A+E Networks, Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC America, Bell Media, Blue Ant Media, CAA, CBBC, CBC/Radio Canada, CBS All-Access, CNN, Corus Entertainment, Disney, Endemol Shine, eOne, Hulu, ITV Studios, Keshet, Netflix, Lionsgate, OUTtv, PBS, Rogers Media, Starz, Tomorrow Studios, Groupe Media TFO, UKTV, Vice Canada, Warner Bros., WarnerMedia, YLE, ZDF and many more.
Individuals can register at banffmediafestival.com to access most of the program free-of-charge via a Virtual Pass. Curated online one-on-one meetings and small group sessions with the world’s top studio executives, agents, network buyers and streaming executives can be accessed via registration for a Virtual + Networking Pass for CAD $250.
“We are pleased to provide an opportunity for the industry in Canada and around the world to join together for this Virtual Edition of BANFF. While we'll miss the mountains, this is a unique opportunity to connect, inspire, and support one another from a distance. Congratulations to the BANFF crew for their commitment to delivering an engaging festival full of must-see programming and discussion," said Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media and Chair of the Banff World Media Festival board.
Meanwhile, Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival, commented: “The Canadian and global entertainment industries have been hard-hit by the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, and with the strong support of our Grand Patrons and partners, we are offering the majority of the festival’s programming including panel sessions, master classes and other content free of charge to the industry. We are thrilled to launch our program with ‘Snowpiercer,’ and we look forward to welcoming the incredible talent that created this series to our virtual stage. Filmed in the Canadian Rockies, we can’t think of a more appropriate show to premiere as our first Master Class of 2020”.