The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) will host its first International Indigenous Screen Industry Summit next month featuring panels on the future of broadcasting and global opportunities for content creators.
Hosted on the festival’s virtual platform, the Summit takes place on Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrating the heritage, cultures and achievements of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
The day-long programme was created under the guidance of a dedicated advisory board and includes a masterclass conversation with the stars and creative team on FX’s Reservation Dogs (pictured), the half-hour comedy show created by executive producers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi.
The story follows a group of Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save in order to get to California. Reservation Dogs has the first all-Indigenous creative team represented by every writer, director, and series regular.
’A cultural conversation: the future of Indigenous broadcasting and streaming’ features contributions from Nunavut Independent Television Network executive director and Uvagut TV MD Lucy Tulugarjuk; Margaret Mary Murray, head of Gaelic Services, BBC; and Maramena Roderick, director of content, Māori TV, among others.
’Nations to Nations: Canadian Indigenous stories on a global stage’ will explore opportunities for Indigenous storytellers in global entertainment and features Monkey Beach director Loretta Todd, Blood Quantum director Jeff Barnaby, Taken director and producer JJ Neepin, and Amplify director and producer Shane Belcourt.
The programme includes one-on-one three-minute speed networking for creators, broadcasters, streamers and industry organisations, and a private session where creators can meet commissioners.
Banff runs June 14-16 and this year’s previously announced speakers include Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and Kaley Cuoco, star and executive producer of HBO Max’s comedic thriller The Flight Attendant.