Having recently decided it didn't make sense to go to Banff for the TV festival, as you faithful readers know, I just got a cheery email telling me that
Your project [snip] has been selected as one of six finalists for the Pitch It: Drama & Comedy initiative which takes place on June 13th from 9:00am - 10:00am at the Banff World Television Festival.
Well, this is an honor, a chance at some exposure, and, it turns out, a shot at ten thousand bucks in development money as a prize.
So I guess I'm going after all.
It may seem like a fur way to go for a 10 minute pitch, but I'm not really going for the ten minute pitch. I'm going to schmooze for three days while telling people I'm there for the pitching fest. If you go to an industry gathering, you want to have a story to tell. "I was nominated" is a good story. "I'm looking for work" is not such a good story.
The main attraction of the Banff Fest for me is just to be there and talk to people there and be seen there. The Canadian industry is a bit of a club (as is the American industry, but a much bigger club), and Toronto is its clubhouse, except when its clubhouse is Banff. If I want be in the club, I have to show up at the clubhouse now and then. Especially when everyone in the club is drinking heavily...
Anyone else coming along? Let me know.
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Good for you!
I'm not attending but will be covering the event as we always do in VideoAge International magazine.
Alas, the boss, not I, gets to attend and schmooze.
usually go - whether based out of Regina, Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, even LA (all places I've resided for various lengths of time over past 15 years) - was short time I didn't while in TO, for very reasons you stated about most decision makers being there, but its still a good gathering place in a beautiful setting to try to connect and put names to faces, etc. --- felt obliged to post because was debating value of going over weekend as well but decided to go yesterday so glad you received an invitation as it were (yes, having a 'reason' to be there is always better)
I know the shmoozing is the main reason to go to one of these functions but do take a few moments to look at the scenery. Enjoy yourself and mingle, mingle mingle.
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