Key Canadian industry organizations launch the Diversity of Voices Initiative at the Banff World Media Festival 

Initiative to bring 100 Indigenous, Female and Francophone Creative Producers to the festival in June

Toronto, April 18, 2018 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF), the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), and the Indigenous Screen Office have partnered with The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) to launch an unprecedented national mentorship and market access program for 100 emerging and established independent Canadian creators with a specific focus on Indigenous, Francophone and female industry professionals. 

The BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative will jumpstart and supercharge the careers of 100 participants at BANFF 2018 by providing full registration access to the festival, a special market introduction curriculum plus access to networking opportunities with key industry buyers. In addition, a sub-group of 25 of the program applicants will be selected to take part in the Diversity of Voices Pitch Program where they will receive personalized advice from industry mentors and take pitch meetings with international buyers at BANFF in addition to receiving a stipend to defray travel costs.  

Diversity of Voices is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in Canada. The primary goal of the program is to provide participants with the information and relationships to navigate the global content market and ultimately get their projects produced and sold.

BANFF serves as a crucial lifeline for many in the Canadian content industry offering world-class education, networking and business development opportunities. The festival provides a platform for the evolving media industry to collaborate and advance its creative and business objectives, while serving as the leading destination for the genesis of new projects, and one of the most effective marketplaces for co-production and co-venture partners.

For additional information about the Diversity of Voices Initiative, please click here.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. It also guides Canadian content towards a competitive global digital environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit

About the Banff World Media Festival
The Banff World Media Festival is one of the world's largest and most important gatherings of entertainment industry executives and creators, dedicated to content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives.  It serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 1500 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 39th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 10-13, 2018 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.


For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund
[email protected]