Banff World Television Festival announces launch of the Telefilm Canada Content Creators Fellowship Program at BANFF 2008

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - The Banff World Television Festival announced
that the Telefilm Canada Content Creators Fellowship Program at BANFF will
launch at the 29th edition of the Banff World Television Festival, which takes
place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada, June 8 - 11,
2008. Call for entry deadline is April 10, 2008. For more information and to
download an application visit
    The Telefilm Canada Content Creators Fellowship Program at BANFF is aimed
at new and emerging multi-platform content creators who wish to develop their
knowledge, increase their contacts and have the opportunity to meet some of
the most important international players in the digital and television content
business in a facilitated environment. The Fellowship includes free
registration for BANFF and nextMEDIA 2008, as well as a travel stipend and
pre-arranged accommodation.
    "We are delighted to be working with the Banff World Television Festival
on the first ever Telefilm Canada Content Creators Fellowship Program," says
Earl Hong Tai, Telefilm Canada's Director of the Western Region. "This
initiative demonstrates a firm commitment to developing emerging content
creators and helping them to connect with industry leaders."
    The purpose of this program is to provide successful applicants the
opportunity to meet in small group settings with leaders in the fields of
creating, selling and marketing multi-platform content. By providing direct
access to key executives, the opportunities provided will help to break down
the barriers that new entrants have in terms of getting access to the key
industry decision makers who can help them turn their ideas into successful
    The winners will be selected by a Jury consisting of three jurors. Mark
Greenspan, Director of Digital Media for Achilles Media will sit on the jury
as will one representative from the Banff Television Festival Foundation, and
an industry representative.
    "We are thrilled to partner with Telefilm Canada in creating unique and
relevant training programs for the next generation of industry leaders," says
Jennifer Harkness, Executive Director BANFF. "Creating these kinds of
opportunities for Canadian talent continues to be a key objective for this

    The Banff World Television Festival is a not-for-profit event produced by
Achilles Media Ltd., an international events management company serving the
television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events include:
History Makers: International Summit of History & Current Affairs Producers,
nextMEDIA events, Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and NATPE Mobile++. For
more information, visit The Banff World
Television Festival takes place June 8-11 amid the spectacular Canadian
Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada. To register, please

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