Banff World Media Festival 2012: That’s a Wrap Featuring WIFTA!


Banff World Media Festival 2012 - Click to learn more at the official web site!

Hello WormholeRiders around the world,

Banff World Media Festival Logo banner - Click to learn more at their official web site!My name is Cara Azevedo from Caraz Communications of Canada. This is my first contributing new article with Team WHR courtesy of Kenn. As you may recall, last week I attended the Banff World Media Festival in Banff Canada.

Here are some hard numbers to give you a sense of the kind of business that takes place at the Banff World Media Festival:

Banff World Media Festival wrap banner - Click to learn more at their official web site!

2000 executives from television, digital, advertising, media and technologies attend the Banff World Media Festival each year.

$500M in new deals are started or confirmed each year at BANFF. Types of deals include TV development, online development, co-production/co-venture, brand sponsorships, funding, technology sales, production services and more.

More than 150 TV and digital media executives participated in our exclusive face-to-face meetings to take pitches, build partnerships and put projects into development.

More than 30 advertising agencies come to BANFF looking for opportunities for brand sponsorship and brand integration ideas.

Digital publishers such as YouTube, MSN, Yahoo & AOL come to BANFF to explore web properties, technologies, content and brand integrations.

Note: The above is courtesy of the Banff World Media Festival web site.

The Banff Springs Hotel: Banff Media 2012 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

What I and many others questioned at the Banff Springs Hotel was where were the Women? Truth is Women were everywhere. Women are leaders in the Entertainment Industry.

Banff Media 2012 - Fairmont Springs HotelSure, for some odd reason there were not many women on certain panels, making it seem as though there was a lacking in representation.

The Reality? By the time it was said and done, all the Stars had a chance to Shine.

Click to learn more about Patricia Burns at her official web site!Patricia Burns is one of those Stars. Animation and shorts are two of my favorites when it comes to viewing. Ms. Burns is an award winning producer. Over the span of 30 years she has brought viewers thoughtful educational quality children’s programing.

Her work has created a new standard children’s programing. Ever watched Treehouse? Banff Media in partnership with DHX Media had the privilege of honouring, Patricia Burns with the Award of Excellence in Kids and Animation. Well deserved and earned.

Click to visit and follow Jeanne Beker on Twitter!Jeanne Beker‘s brilliance in Fashion Television, has made her a Canadian Class Act. Ms. Beker for 27 years has been sharing with audiences what we all want to see, cutting edge fashion with a flare. Her contribution to Canadian Media is undeniable.

Jeanne continues to do it like no other, with Bell’s Fashion Television Channel. The Canadian Award of Distinction goes to Jeanne Beker.

It was not all about the awards, I also had the chance for some face to face with women in the Entertainment Industry that offer great insight into how things really work.

Click to visit and follow Women in Filn and Television Alberta - WIFTA on Twitter!

Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA) is one of more than forty chapters world wide that supports, collaborates with Women on their professional development in film, television and media industries. I had the pleasure of talking with Kathy Fedori, President of WIFTAlberta.

Click to visit and follow Kathy Fedori on Twitter!I wanted to know what’s new. Ideas are every thing. The conversation has moved far beyond how can I help you. With the excellence and extraordinary efforts that are part of daily practice from Women in Film and TV.

It would seem logical that all parties sitting to the table contribute equally in the production of projects and the celebration of the success. Kathy and her Team play a vital part in support of many valuable productions.

Click to visit and follow Tessa Sproule on Twitter!Tessa Sproule is a shinning example of why Canadians are leaders in Media and Technology. Working in the ‘New, Digital and Media’ divisions of Television. Currently, Director, Interactive Content for the CBC, offers Tessa an extraordinary opportunity to take her ideas to reality.

The future is an exciting time for Ms. Sproule and her team, collaboration and integration will continue to be key points when producing interactive content for film, television and mobile media.

Complexities of Creativity: 

Click to learn more about Canadian Media Fund-FMC at their official web site!The conversation regarding women in Media has long moved beyond our presence. Women like Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canadian Media Fund have proven the empowerment of women in the Entertainment Industry ensures continued contribution, to the quality, of the product it produces.

Banff Media 2012 - Complexities of CreationThe rapidly changing face of the Entertainment Industry and the integration of our world of opportunity is something that produces exciting conversation, all based on grass roots ideas. The irony of humanity and technology.

It all starts with an idea and ends in a story. Love it. It was my privilege to be a part of Banff World Media Festival. To share in conversation with all the attendees.

Congratulations to the Banff World Media Festival. Well done and I look forward to seeing you next year!

Click to learn more about the Banff World Media Festival 2013 at their official web site!

For your enjoyment we include a fun video below to provide you with the “flavor” of this outstanding Entertainment Industry media event!

Click to visit and follow WormholeRiders News Agency on Twitter!Thanks to Kenn for final audio, video/image staging, and many thanks to you for reading and for visiting WormholeRiders News Agency to read about our news coverage of the wonderful Banff World Media Festival event in Banff Canada!

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Best regards,

Cara Azevedo

One thought on “Banff World Media Festival 2012: That’s a Wrap Featuring WIFTA!

  1. Hi Cara,

    Thank you for contributing a wonderful report “It’s a Wrap” about the Banff World Media Festival”!

    Best Regards,


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