A GREAT PITCH MEANS BIG DOCUMENTARY PAYDAY

AT THE 27TH BANFF WORLD TELEVISION FESTIVAL

 

BANFF and CTV Present CTV Canadian Documart (Toronto, Canada, February 15, 2021)

– Ushering a global call for the best documentary pitch, The Banff World Television Festival and

CTV have once again joined forces to host the CTV Canadian Documart—an annual competition

offering a lucrative pitching prize. CTV has once again donated $100,000 in support of the contest,

giving documentary filmmakers healthy incentive to participate. Six finalists selected from eligible

entries received by the deadline of Friday, April 7 will have 10 minutes each to pitch their projects

to a jury of industry experts. Development funding will then be awarded to the top three pitches:

$50,000 for first place,

$30,000 for second place and

$20,000 for third.

 

Pitching and judging will take place at BANFF 2006. Winning the development prizes at Documart

also opened doors to serious interest by broadcasters. Among the success stories are the 2003

winner Chairman George and the Quest for the Torch (Daniel Cross and Mila Aung- Thwin),

broadcast on CTV and BBC, and the 2004 winner; Hockey Brawl: Battle on Thin Ice (Jeff Newman),

soon to be broadcast on CTV. “As an emerging independent producer, the CTV Documart was a

tremendous opportunity,” said Jeff Newman, Banff 2004, CTV Canadian Documart Top Winner.

“When you're starting out, selling your ideas can be the toughest hurdle to overcome. Having the

opportunity to present my idea to such a large and influential group of broadcasters and commissioning

editors was a privilege. Winning the event eventually lead to a broadcast license, and was huge overall

boost to my career. The direct result was a completed film that I'm very proud of." “It’s rewarding to

see a project go from the pitching stage in Banff, to a network broadcast,” says Bob Culbert, CTV’s

Vice President of Documentaries. “CTV is honoured to be associated with such a prestigious and

Successful contest.” This year’s Banff World Television Festival will take place June 11 – 14, 2006,

at the Fairmont Banff Springs amid the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. BANFF is the world’s largest

event dedicated to the creation of television content across all programming genres. To apply to pitch

at CTV Canadian Documart and to register, visit http://www.banff2006.com/

 

About Banff World Television Festival:

The Banff World Television Festival is owned by the Banff Television Festival Foundation and is

produced by Achilles Media Ltd. in conjunction with the Foundation's Board of Directors and

Board of Governors. The Foundation's Board of Governors is international in scope and represents

the crème de la crème of producers and broadcasters. Achilles Media is a management organization

for some of the world's leading television and new media industry events including the Banff World

Television Festival, the World Congress of History Producers and nextMEDIA - The International

New Media Conference.

 

About CTV:

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information,

and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News with

Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional

television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including the number-one

Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media

company. More information about CTV may be found on the company web site at www.ctv.ca.

 

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*Support photography and more details are

available at www.banff2006.com

 

For further information, please contact:

Jim Strzalkowski [email protected]

(818) 338-3555

 

or

 

Laura Heath [email protected]

CTV Inc.

(416) 332- 4633