A national training and access program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour creators and producers.

The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative offers a professional springboard for underrepresented creators and producers from across Canada.

The goal of the initiative is to jump-start and accelerate individual careers and help projects at all stages move forward. Over the long term, the festival aims to foster a legacy of greenlights and international sales for the program participants and the partners who work with them.

The Diversity of Voices Initiative is open to candidates of all genders who identify as being from one or more racially diverse groups, such as African, Black, Caribbean, East Asian, First Nations, Inuit, Latinx, Métis, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Western Asian.

Now entering its fifth year, the Diversity of Voices Initiative was initially launched to offer a professional springboard for francophone, Indigenous, and women creators and producers from across Canada. We will continue the program’s mandate to support these communities, but with an intersectional focus. The 2022 edition of the program will be seeking applications from francophone candidates of colour, Indigenous candidates, and women candidates of colour, as well as candidates of colour of all genders. Approximately 25% of program spots are reserved for francophone participants.

Learn more about program Eligibility and Submission Guidelines.

“Thanks to the program, I’ve made strong international sales contacts and future international co-producing partners.”
Julian Black Antelope, Herd of 1 Media

“It has given me the opportunity to pitch my projects to international decision makers during the pandemic, which would have been impossible to connect with otherwise.”
Colette Vosberg, Firestarter Productions

“It was an eye opening and career building experience. It opened doors to major broadcasters in Canada and around the world for our children’s programming.”
Daniel Foreman, Treaty 6 Productions


  • A Full Access MARKETPLACE pass to BANFF 2022 (Value $1595)
  • Inclusion in a customized professional development program
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with senior media industry executives

Select Pitch Program participants will also receive additional mentorship and networking opportunities.