From a media release:
The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce this yearâ€™s edition taking place between June 14th â€“ July 16th featuring an all-new bespoke online platform that will connect the global media industry to ignite new projects and support business development.
The Festival has invested in building a new virtual industry and event hub – an innovative online meeting and content environment designed specifically for the entertainment business. Via this new platform, BANFF will feature exponentially more formats to connect participants with each other one on one and in groups. The new platform will launch in April with exclusive sneak peeks in the months preceding.
â€œGreat content and successful business ventures are fueled by meaningful personal connections. BANFF has always been about bringing people together, and this yearâ€™s Festival will do that on a grand virtual scale,â€ said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. â€œWe believe our industry must recognize and act on its role in the movements for social, political, and environmental progress. This yearâ€™s Festival content will continue to drive conversation and action, highlighting the power that the entertainment industry has to change minds, change policy, and create opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented.â€
From June 14-18, BANFFâ€™s new online platform will bring the Canadian and global media industry together as part of a new initiative called MARKETPLACE WEEK, where participants can virtually meet, screen, pitch, enlighten and socialize all in real time. The renowned Rockie Awards International Program Competition (June 15), as well as the Festivalâ€™s signature Summit Series keynotes, high level industry panels and an array of networking, parties and curated events will punctuate this exciting week. The Festivalâ€™s vibrant online delegate lounge environments will feature exhibitors and a communal space where individuals can connect for scheduled meetings, special curated events, and serendipitous networking. Companies and delegations will gather in virtual Pavilions featuring multiple meeting spaces, and every delegate has their own customized private video conferencing room. Integrated messaging and scheduling tools will make the virtual meeting and/or pitching experience easy.
BANFF 2021 continues June 21-July 16, premiering a curated series of live and interactive topical panel discussions, celebrity Master Classes, In Conversations, as well as an array of programmed and networking formats. In addition, BANFF MARKETPLACE pass holders will have access to exclusive meeting opportunities including the Festivalâ€™s signature Speed Meetings, 30 Minutes With buyer mandates, and group sessions offering unparalleled access to high level showrunners, directors and senior executives from the worldâ€™s networks, streamers and media companies.