Program Overview

The Indigenous Screen Summit (ISS) and the Indigenous Pitch Forum is an industry access program and B2B event for Indigenous creatives and producers of commercial television and/or digital media content. The ISS and the Indigenous Pitch Forum aim to provide an international platform for participants to pitch 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 ISS 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 scripted drama scripted comedy, and unscripted/doc projects in development. 

Fifteen (15) participants will receive:

· An opportunity to present their projects to a curated panel of Canadian and international buyers and financiers at a half-day event during the Banff World Media Festival. 

· A full-access BANFF registration package.

· One-On-One mentorship from a senior industry professional.

· Private networking opportunities with senior international development executives during BANFF. 

· An interactive workshop at the festival.

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

·  A $2000 CAD travel stipend to put toward costs associated with attending the in-person BANFF Festival **(on the condition of an in-person event).