Program Overview

The Netflix/BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative is a training and development program for emerging and mid-career creatives and producers of commercial television and or digital media content.  The program aims to provide industry access and prepare participants to sell their projects in the international marketplace at the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF).

Purpose of the Program

This program will facilitate media industry access and provide training and mentorship to under-represented media professionals. It 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 special showcase and networking event at BANFF


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:

·        An individualized pitch-prep session with a mentor prior to BANFF to vet their project materials and assist with market positioning

·        Private face-to-face pitching opportunities with up to three international development executives

·        A $1,500 CAD travel stipend