The Indigenous Screen Summit (ISS) showcases First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices, creators and their unique stories, across a variety of genres.

The ISS's flagship event is the Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum (8:00am-1pm MT - Sunday June 11) offering Indigenous producers and creators a unique opportunity to pitch their in-development, Scripted drama, Scripted Comedy and Unscripted/Documentary projects, to a panel of Canadian and international buyers, in front of an industry audience.

This half-day Pitch Forum event takes place in person, at the Fairmont Banff Springs as part of the Banff World Media Festival renowned conference and marketplace.

Access is complimentary for all BANFF pass holders.

ISS Pitch Forum Agenda: Sunday, June 11, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. MT
Networking breakfast + opening ceremonies

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. MT
Unscripted/documentary pitches

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. MT
Drama series pitches

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT
Comedy series pitches

From June 12-14, a dedicated ISS stream continues embedded within the main BANFF program. Over the long term, the festival aims to foster a legacy of greenlights and global footprint for Canadian Indigenous storytellers and content.

The ISS is a Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) initiative, in partnership with the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

Learn more about program Eligibility and Submission Guidelines.

Highlights from ISS 2022:

Photo credit: Kristian Bogner

Photo credit: Kristian Bogner

Photo credit: Kristian Bogner

Photo credit: Kristian Bogner

Photo credit: Kristian Bogner

All selected participants will receive:

  • A full registration package for the 2023 Banff World Media Festival and its full complement of content and networking opportunities.
  • A travel stipend to put toward costs associated with attending the in-person BANFF Festival **(on the condition of an in-person event).
  • Access to designated industry intel sessions developed specifically for Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum participants.
  • Access to, and profile within, the Canadian and international media industry.
  • Networking opportunities.