Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mishann Lau, 2010
As [the 2010] winner of the Astral Media WIFT mentorship, I was able to attend The International Television Festival at Banff with confidence in my pitch and the support of veteran festival participants.
This was an extremely rewarding trip because I was able to meet with broadcasters from Corus Kids, Disney Channels Worldwide and Teletoon, to name a few. But the most important thing… was the feedback that I received from people in the industry and the face-time spent with them… It was very refreshing to sit with someone who could offer me their first impressions and unbiased opinions.
Now that the Banff Television Festival is combined with the Next Media Festival, I was able to attend panels that discussed the current trends in new media and transmedia productions. The digital age is upon us.
This mentorship is an incredible opportunity for networking, educating, actualizing and experiencing the Banff television festival with the support of a community… Thank you to everyone at WIFT and Astral Media.
Bobie Taffe, 2009
This truly was an amazing experience, from the pre-Banff bootcamp, to the mentoring and guidance—both pre and post festival—to the opportunity to pitch and meet with some of the most accomplished broadcast professionals working in the business today.
The WIFT-T Astral Media Mentorship is truly remarkable and is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional programs available for emerging professionals. With the level of access, training, support, and mentorship that it provides, I’ve walked away from this experience empowered with new insight into the industry and how it operates, pitching and marketing techniques, and contacts with some of the most exceptionally remarkable people that I’ve had the great fortune to meet.
Thank you WIFT-T for your continued support and assistance, and to the amazingly talented and dedicated staff members that have been nothing short of phenomenal with what you are able to produce and make accessible for film and broadcast professionals at every level.
Not to mention the members of the industry that have nothing but the utmost respect for the organization and that, without hesitation, offered their help, knowledge, and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Truly a remarkable program.