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Banff World Media Fest Program Competition Launches

The call for entries for the 2012 Banff World Media Festival Program Competition is now open.

Press Release from Banff World Media Awards

Toronto, Canada (Oct 17, 2011) – The call for entries for the 2012 Banff World Media Festival Program Competition is now open.

The Banff World Media Awards is the largest international program competition in the content industry, attracting upwards of 1,000 entries from over 30 countries around the world to its annual program categories.  This year’s Awards will be announced during the Banff World Media Festival in Banff, Alberta, running June 10-13th, 2012.

“As the Banff World Media Festival has grown, placing emphasis on new market trends and technologies shaping the entertainment industry, so has the Banff World Media Program Competition,” said Banff Executive Director, Ferne Cohen. “We’ve expanded existing categories and integrated the digital media awards gala into what the industry affectionately calls “The Rockies” gala. This year’s attendees can expect a bigger, bolder awards show that celebrates television and digital media in one star-studded event.”

New in the Documentary category, Environmental and Wildlife programs have joined forces to explore environmental themes and issues, as well as natural and wildlife phenomena within one category that explores our natural world.  New in the Children and Youth category, Animation Programs will take a special focus on kids programming, while adult-targeted, “prime-time” animations will be eligible for applicable categories in entertainment, drama and interactive programming.

"The Banff World Media Awards are now, more than ever, a reflection of the new trends in international programming," said Georges Leclere, Director of the Banff World Media Awards Program Competition. "We are thrilled to reshape our categories this year, to better group the wonderful programs in all segments of the current traditional, cross-platform and digital entertainment genres.”

2012 Banff World Media Festival Program Competition Categories:ENTERTAINMENTComedy ProgramsLifestyle & Information ProgramsMusic and Variety ProgramsReality Programs

DOCUMENTARIESArts & Performing Arts ProgramsDocumentary-style Reality ProgramsEnvironmental and Wildlife ProgramsHistory & Biography ProgramsInvestigative & Current Affairs ProgramsPopular Science & Technology ProgramsSocial & Humanitarian Documentaries

DRAMAContinuing Series ProgramsMade-for-TV-MoviesMini-SeriesSitcomsSoap Operas and Telenovelas

INTERACTIVEWebseries - Fiction ProgramsWebseries - Non-Fiction ProgramsCross-Platform Project - Fiction ProgramsCross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction ProgramsBranded Entertainment

CHILDREN AND YOUTHAnimation Programs Children's Programs - FictionChildren’s Programs – Non-Fiction Youth Programs - FictionYouth Programs – Non-Fiction

The early bird deadline for submissions is February 3, 2012, (final deadline for submissions is February 24, 2012). For details visit today for your Kick Off rate of $1295, (Kick Off rate ends December 2, 2011). To register please visit

About The Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Television Festival is the world's premiere television content creation event and annual forum for business and creative opportunities for those in television and digital media. The Festival will take place June 10-13th, 2012 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The Festival combines a prestigious international program competition, the Banff World Media Awards – “The Rockies”, with a comprehensive conference agenda. It is a marketplace of ideas, generating co-production deals, enabling new business relationships and bringing to light future trends of the industry.

About Achilles MediaThe Banff World Media Festival is produced by Achilles Media Ltd., an international business-to-business media and facilitation company serving the media and investment industries. Achilles Media communities include: The Canadian Innovation Exchange, nextMEDIA World Events, History Makers International, the Digi Awards, nextSPORT, Benchmark and Small Business Summit.

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