From a media release:
The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will speak on Thursday, June 17, participating in a virtual keynote conversation during the Festivalâ€™s MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18, 2021), which kicks off a month of curated online programming.
Now in its 42nd year, BANFF is Canadaâ€™s international conference and marketplace where new business partnerships are forged and new TV, film, and digital media projects are ignited. BANFFâ€™s inbound trade mission model has a proven record of success at scale, bringing the Canadian screen industry and its innovative businesses together with large numbers of global production partners and investors, resulting in the launch of significant new business ventures and new screen-based projects that are â€œgreen-lightedâ€ at home and abroad.
â€œIn these difficult times, we couldnâ€™t be more proud to support a creative, dynamic and innovative industry that brings culture to the forefront. The Banff World Media Festival is a must-attend international marketplace where the worldâ€™s largest broadcasters and digital media companies discuss issues and trends, forge relationships, and provide unique networking opportunities. New projects and co-productions take shape at this festival, allowing Canadian creativity to shine and spread to audiences across the globe.â€ â€”The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
With delegates from more than 50 countries, BANFF attracts the worldâ€™s top creators, producers, showrunners, talent, networks, studios, streamers, press and media companies. The 2021 edition of the Festival is poised to build on the success of last yearâ€™s virtual event, with a purpose-built online platform that will connect the global media industry in real-time to ignite new projects and support business development.
â€œThis is a watershed year with monumental challenges and paradigm change shaping the present and future for Canadian and international cultural and media industriesâ€ said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival. â€œAs the hub for important conversations that effect action and point the way forward, we are thrilled to host Minister Guilbeault at BANFF 2021. We look forward to working with the Canadian government and all industry stakeholders at this yearâ€™s Festival and beyond.â€
Taking place online from June 14 – July 16, the Banff World Media Festival attracts the worldâ€™s top creators, producers, showrunners, talent, networks, studios, streamers, press, and media companies. The 2021 virtual edition of the Festival is poised to build on the success of last yearâ€™s virtual event, with an all-new purpose-built online platform that will facilitate thousands of real-time meetings, chat, personalized video suites, a project lounge, multiple events, keynotes, master classes and panels as well as a thriving online delegate lounge. It is the worldâ€™s most effective online market for development, co-productions, and business development, connecting the global media industry to ignite new projects and support new ventures.