From start to present; 1979 to 2012.
The Banff World Television Festival to the Banff World Media Festival…
When I think about the history of the Banff World Media Festival…FROM START TO PRESENT…it’s people that come to mind. Sure, the festival takes place at the lovely Banff Springs Hotel…a place that in itself is like a walk through time…and all fairy-tales come true in a castle in the mountains, don’t they?
But I think the history of the Banff World Media Festival is you…and I…and anyone else who ever attended…right up to today in 2012. In the last 33 years, The Banff Media Festival has attracted the greatest minds in television production. Professionals go to The Banff World Media Festival to discover, enhance, nurture and be noticed…and Banff is beautiful, but it’s also business. It cultivates cultural entrepreneurship. Although many of television’s greatest creatives have attended the festival, so many young people also start their careers there…like my friend Bob, who volunteered there in 1979. He and a buddy went again in the early 1980′s. He spent his career behind the scenes and is now a director. And think of it, everyone who attends Banff brings with them years of television history in their own life story…so history is written each year simply by getting together and sharing and inspiring. And that to me makes #Banff2012 the top production and development arts festival in the world.
Although the Banff World Media Festival started in 1979, I attended in 1981…when I was 12.
And I always think about it…when I think about that time when I was 12, I already knew I’d have a history in Film and Television. And just shortly after that, at 14…I began my journey.
And I’m pretty certain that I may be the only child ever in attendance who paid for her ticket.
I spent at least $7 bucks of my babysitting money on a ticket to the then Banff World Television Festival. I sat behind Bea Arthur, she was inspiring…and not only did Bea Arthur talk about her 30 year career, she inspired me to my own 30 year career.
The experience of Banff even when I was 12 was amazing, however it is important to note…that the event took place at the Eric Harvey Theater…but cocktails were at 9:30pm and the dance was 11:00pm at the Banff Springs Hotel…I did’t think they would let me on the bus…besides…I had to go to bed anyway.
And as I researched others, I found that the personal history of the Banff World Media Festival winners and attendees, wasn’t far from my own…and that everyone else…was 12 once too.
Larry King knew at 12 he liked comic books and he wanted to be on the radio.. and this year, in 2012…Larry King will be honored with the life-time achievement award.
William Shatner knew at 12 that one day he would boldly go into the theater. And in 2010 he was honoured with a life-time achievement award at the Banff World Media Festival.
Barry Humphries knew at 12, well…lets just say he was always a little bit funny. And in 1997 Barry Humpries received the Peter Ustinov Comedy Award at the Banff World Media Festival.
It’s time for me to continue the history I’ve created in my life connected to the Banff World Media Festival…and return. I’ve been writing and I’m ready to become part of the PRESENT at #BANFF2012.
I’m not just going to blog, talk, tweet, and text my way through Banff…I’ll use shameless self promotion skills and say…I want a deal.
And I’m incredibly excited about this years programming. I have a keen interest and projects for kids and animation. The NextMedia programming part of the The Banff experience is essential… as the world is a world of multi-platform users…the next 12 year old thinking about Banff is speaking the language and basically is…the NextMedia generation.
Of course, I have to get there. Winning the www.banffworldmediafestival.com blog for Banff competition #Banff2012…is a great start…and I need help to get there…and I need help your to get there. If you could help and share this blog to make that happen, and more importantly… the VIDEO…. that would help.
I might go back to the World Media Festival every thirty years…I might not be Bea Arthur, but I could be that other Golden Girl…I might be the Betty White of Banff.
I want to go to Banff, you should go to Banff…we’ll make history together…see you in Banff!
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