Banff World Media Festival

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Banff World Media Festival
Date(s) 11 – 14 June 2017
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Inaugurated 1980 (1980) as the Banff World Television Festival[1]

For 37 years, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The Festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting-edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals.

Attracting over 150 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, Banff is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects. Featuring in-depth spotlights on key international territories, pre-booked Face-to Face Meetings with industry decision makers, and unparalleled opportunities for networking with potential partners from across the globe, the Banff Marketplace is designed to help you create new development and production opportunities.

Banff delivers a comprehensive examination of the most critical issues facing the television and digital media industries through keynotes from industry leaders, contentious panel discussions, expert forecasts, celebrity Master Classes, critical case studies, key strategy sessions and more.

The Rockie Awards[edit]

The Rockies Program Competition[edit]

The Rockie Awards is Banff’s flagship program celebrating excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds of television and digital programs compete for a coveted Rockie Award, presented at a ceremony each year at Banff. With participation from more than 40 countries annually, including an industry jury of more than 350 professionals working in entertainment and media around the world, the Rockie Awards is one of the world’s largest program competitions of its kind.

The Rockies Special Achievement Awards[edit]

Each year, prolific members of the media and entertainment industry are recognized for their accomplishments in the past year via the Special Achievement Awards, given out at the Rockie Awards Gala. These accolades are given out at the discretion of the Banff Foundation Board.

Past Special Achievement Award Winners[edit]

Company of Distinction

2013 CBS
2014 Lionsgate
2015 A+E Networks
2016 HBO
2017 ABC Television Group (Disney|ABC)

Variety TV Impact Award

2013 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The Hollywood Reporter Impact Award

2017 Anthony Anderson

Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award

1992 John Candy
1993 Winston Rekert & Danny Virtue
1994 Eugene Levy
1995 Tantoo Cardinal
1996 Steve Smith
1997 Barry Humphries
1998 Bob Newhart
1999 Martin Short
2000 Tracey Ullman
2001 Kelsey Grammer
2002 John Cleese
2003 Rick Mercer
2006 Guy A. Lepage
2008 Brent Butt
2009 Mark McKinney
2010 Ricky Gervais
2011 James Burrows
2012 Chuck Lorre
2013 Craig Ferguson
2014 Nathan Lane
2015 Kathryn Hahn
2016 Russell Peters

Award of Excellence in Digital Innovation

2011 Netflix
2012 Google
2013 Vice Media
2014 Electus
2015 Amazon Studios

Lifetime Achievement Award

1988 Jeremy Isaacs
1998 John Mortimer
2001 Rock Demers
2002 Bernard Pivot
2003 David Attenborough
2004 James Burrows
2005 Peter McGhee
2006 Sheila Nevins
2009 Trina McQueen
2010 William Shatner
2011 Ed Asner
2012 Larry King
2013 Christine Baranski
2014 Dan Rather

Award of Excellence

1982 Norman Campbell
1983 Gregory Peck
1984 Dinah Shore
1985 Laurence Olivier
1986 Lorne Green
1987 Ed Asner
1988 Peter Ustinov
1989 David Suzuki
1990 Bea Arthur
1991 Walter Cronkite
1992 Barbara Frum
1993 Peter Jennings
1994 William Shatner
1995 Frédéric Back
1996 Steven Bochco
1997 Diane English
1998 Don Hewitt
1999 David E. Kelley
2000 Dick Wolf
2001 Norman Jewison
2002 Gary David Goldberg
2003 David Chase
2004 Gordon Pinsent
2006 David Shore
2007 Carol Mendelsohn
2008 Sofia Milos
2009 Victor Garber
2010 Nigel Lythgoe
2011 Eugene Levy
2014 Henry Winkler
2015 Katheryn Winnick
2017 Kenny Ortega

Canadian Award of Distinction

2006 Paul Haggis
2007 Colm Feore
2008 Kim Cattrall
2009 Paul Gross
2010 Eric McCormack
2011 Howie Mandel
2012 Jeanne Beker
2013 Will Arnett
2014 Alan Thicke
2015 Gerry Dee
2016 Jay Baruchel
2017 Just For Laughs

Showrunner of the Year

2014 Clyde Phillips
2015 Jill Soloway
2016 Damon Lindelof - 2017 John Ridley

Program of the Year

2013 NCIS
2014 Nashville
2016 Making a Murderer 2017 The Handmaid's Tale

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barry Turner, ed. (2008). "Festivals". The Screenwriter's Handbook. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 267. ISBN 0312379544. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°09′51″N 115°33′41″W / 51.1641°N 115.5615°W / 51.1641; -115.5615