Successes At Banff

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SUCCESSES AT BANFF

It is one of my go-to markets year after year. Great participants, informative and engaging panels, and most importantly, multiple global business opportunities that have directly resulted in closed deals and revenue. - Liz Levenson, Vice President, Development and Co-Production, Visland Media

It’s a very relaxed gathering of people from all aspects of broadcasting – producing, writers and creators. I think that’s very unusual in our world...it’s in the mountains, everybody relaxes, everybody wanders up and down the hallways and meets people that they never would have met in our structured business worlds. - Sheila Hockin, Executive Producer, The Fifth Business Inc.
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As a result of our short meeting with the Director of International Acquisitions at Netflix, our documentary film, Gravity is Just a Habit, received worldwide distribution. We are a living example that if Banff wasn’t the only festival that gives this unique opportunity to set up a meeting with the decision-makers in advance, instead of chasing them in corridors, our deal might have never happened. – David S. Vardanyan, co-founder, Lights and Shadows Productions Inc

The entire experience felt like a whirlwind that I was grateful to be caught in. I’m still digesting all of the information I absorbed and following up with all the contacts I made. It’s jam-packed with knowledge and a great place to establish myself in the industry. - Jen Muranetz, Documentary Filmmaker, Estoria Productions

Every year, leaders and creators come together to share ideas and discuss what’s happening in our ever-changing media landscape. – Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC

“I find that more broadcasters are willing to meet at BANFF, compared with other U.S. industry events. I booked about 40 meetings, and had a project greenlit while there. Being a part of DOV (Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices) makes broadcasters even more willing to give you their time. - Rebecca Campbell, Producer/Director, Catapult Pictures Inc.

If you’re a young producer, get feisty, be bold, stick your neck out and get recognized. – John Brunton, chairman and CEO, executive producer, Insight Productions

Great way to make initial contact with potential business partners. - Shirley Bowers, VP, Sales and Acquisitions, North America, Red Arrow Studios International

It’s just about meeting the creators and the content producers out here and getting to know them a little bit better. – Chika Chukudebelu VP, programming and diversity, NBCUniversal Media

It’s an amazing festival, in an amazing location. Stuff happens here. The setting allows everyone to relax [...] and open up. – John Morayniss, President, JDM Media

Having a “one stop” initiative run by BANFF that fast-tracks the financing of new content and facilitates opportunities for international collaborations serves a great need in the industry. - Carrie Mudd, President, Peacock Alley Entertainment

It was my first time pitching face to face and it went better than I could have expected. My discussions with the broadcaster are continuing and I am hopeful a deal will eventually be made. Definitely worth it! - Megan Cameron, Executive Producer, Andon Productions

My work is being considered by several broadcasters and production companies. Ask me in a year and hopefully I can tell you it was a knockout! - Tee Schneider, Writer/Producer

Highly recommended. I think it is an incredible opportunity not only for those looking to have their voices heard but for those looking for new and fresh ideas at the Festival. This initiative has the potential to change the media landscape in the coming years. - Tanner Zurkoski, Writer/Creative Producer, Canoe Pictures

It was incredible to be there, and provided significant learning. Canada’s creative community is an exceptional one, and I forged strong initial relationships. I left with a lot of ideas, and I do hope to return in years to come.

- Dave Silverstein, General Manager / SVP, Smosh
If you’re a young producer, get feisty, be bold, stick your neck out and get recognized.
– John Brunton, chairman and CEO, executive producer, Insight Productions

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