Banff World Media Festival AlbertaThe National Screen Institute – Canada and the Banff World Media Festival have come together to present an exciting new one-day workshop designed to help you make the most of this year’s Banff Festival. NSI staffers Melissa Kajpust, Liz Hover and Brandice Vivier (along with representatives from the Banff World Media Festival) are bringing their expertise to seven cities across Canada to help attendees make the most of their time at the most influential television festival in North America. By attending you’ll receive insider info on what broadcasters are looking for before you hit the market, have your website, one sheet and sizzle reels critiqued by facilitators, learn the do’s and don’ts of pitching in any situation, tips on “doing” Banff – and more. The Banff World Media Festival is hosting an evening reception after each workshop which is open to workshop delegates and the general public.

Banff World Media Festival will extend the kick-off rate of $1,295 to participants registering for the Insider’s Guide to Banff Workshop. Workshop registrants will also receive a 50% discount on application fees to any NSI training program between March 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

The team will hit these cities on the following dates:

  • Vancouver March 12
  • Calgary March 14
  • Edmonton March 16
  • Winnipeg March 18
  • Toronto 1 April 23
  • Toronto 2 April 24
  • Montreal April 26
  • Halifax April 28

Register now – space is limited! Only 12 participants will be accepted per workshop. Registration deadline is March 5 for Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg and April 16 for Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

Melissa Kajpust is the Director of Programming for the National Screen Institute. Prior to joining NSI, Melissa was a development executive for Super Channel and Executive in Charge of Development at Frantic Films. She’s also an award-winning writer and has worked on and developed programs for CTV, W, Space, Comedy, Slice, A-Channel, APTN, Treehouse, Citytv, YTV and Movie Central.

Brandice Vivier As Program Manager for NSI Totally TV Brandice has mentored producers and writers over the past ten years at Banff by setting up meetings with broadcasters, distributors and executive producers and helping them strategize their attendance for maximum results. In the last 8 years, 5 series from the Totally TV program have gone to air: Less Than Kind (HBO Canada), ‘da Kink in My Hair (Global TV), Wapos Bay (APTN), Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (Space) and This Space for Rent (CBC).

Liz Hover has worked for NSI since arriving in Canada in 2003. She’s currently their digital media manager. Liz has been named one of the world’s top 125 fearless female bloggers and has taught social media marketing workshops and provided website critique to producers, entrepreneurs, publishers and many others across Canada for several years. Liz’s dog Sadie Shih Tzu writes a blog which was nominated for three Canadian Weblog Awards in 2010.

See more about the workshop and register at 

The 2012 Banff World Media Festival runs from June 10 to 13 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.