Program Overview

The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative is an industry access program for emerging, mid-career, and established creatives and producers of commercial television and/or digital media content. The program aims to provide an international platform for participants to present their projects to the market, meet leading industry decision-makers, and network for future project and business opportunities at the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF).

Purpose of the Program

The Diversity of Voices initiative is designed to help participants gain a foothold and/or grow their presence in the Canadian and global media industry. The program aims to support diverse viewpoints in media, and will ideally result in the creation of finished content that is distributed across one or more established, commercial media platforms.

The program is open to creatives and producers with projects spanning all genres, including drama/scripted, animation, kids, digital, and unscripted/docs. 

Up to one hundred (100) beneficiaries will receive:

·        A full-access BANFF registration package.

·        An interactive workshop at the festival.

·        Participation in a participant networking and celebration event at the Festival.

Twenty-five (25) of the program participants will be identified based on the merit of their projects in development for the designated DOV Pitch Program and will also receive:

·       One-on-one session with a senior industry professional 

·       Networking opportunities with senior international development executives to get the inside scoop on the content they’re currently looking for, and how to work with and pitch to them.

·       A $1500 CAD travel stipend to put toward costs associated with attending the in-person BANFF Festival **(on the condition of an in-person event).