CTV to sponsor 30 fellowships at Banff


Banff, AB, - CTV Inc. will once again sponsor 30 fellowships in support of television projects at the 2003 Banff Television Festival, June 8 to 13. CTV Fellowships provide an enriching experience for emerging creative talents across Canada, enabling them to attend the Festival and take part in professional networking and mentorship opportunities.

"The CTV Fellowship program is one of the great success stories of the Canadian television industry," said senior vice president Jerry Ezekiel, who has been involved with the program since its inception in 1988. "We are enormously proud to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of CTV's generous and unique contribution to the nurturing of indigenous Canadian talent. CTV Fellowship alumni have had a huge impact on our industry and will continue to do so for years to come."

In addition to the sponsorship of 30 fellowships for the Banff Television Festival, CTV Inc. will present the annual CTV Fellowship Prize. This prestigious award will be presented to a CTV Fellowship alumnus whose professional achievements exemplify the goals of the Fellowship Program in nurturing emerging talent in Canadian television.

"The CTV Fellowship is an investment in the future of the Canadian broadcasting industry. It recognizes 30 of our country's emerging talents and helps them participate at one of the world's most-recognized broadcasting festivals, the Banff Television Festival," said Susanne Boyce, president, CTV Programming and chair of the CTV Media Group.

A CTV Fellowship is intended to encourage professional development in the television industry. It includes full registration to the Banff Television Festival with admission to all public seminars, workshops, on-demand screenings and official social events; as well as air transportation (lowest available airfare or equivalent transportation allowance). Recipients will receive mentorship from participating industry professionals throughout Festival week and have access to a designated hospitality suite. They will also take part in an introductory orientation session and reception in their honour where members of the Festival's Board of Directors, Board of Governors and the CTV team will be invited.

To be eligible for a CTV Fellowship, applicants should be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. Applicants should have at least one significant production credit, and bring a specific, suitable-for-broadcast project to BANFF. Projects must qualify as Canadian content and should be in the following genres: drama, documentary, children's, or comedy/entertainment. Applicants are also asked to include a one-page résumé, a one-page statement indicating how their project will benefit from a CTV Fellowship, a one-page statement describing the creative aspects of the project, and a one-page statement on the project's budget. In addition, applicants are asked to provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation from sources within the television industry or persons knowledgeable of the television industry. For more details and a CTV Fellowship application form go to www.banff2003.com/pdf/ctv.fellowship.pdf. Deadline to apply is March 14, 2003.

BANFF 2003, the 24th Banff Television Festival, takes place June 8 to 13 at the Fairmont Banff Springs in the Canadian Rockies. It is expected to draw over 1,800 producers, broadcasters, commissioning editors, content creators and other industry stakeholders from around the world who will take part in an array of plenary sessions, seminars, Master Classes, pitching and networking opportunities. For information and to register go to www.banff2003.com.

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