Partnering with Buffer Festival, BMFM expands its offering to include Digital Sessions and hosts Canada’s leading Digital Creators
Blue Mountains, Ontario, February 5, 2024 – Blue Mountain Film + Media Festival (BMFM) today announced several new enhancements and additions for its 2024 edition, and welcomes leading industry executives and digital creators to its Creative Forum. Extended to four days, the Creative Forum now has two parts, each sold separately: the original Film & TV forum on May 30 and May 31 and a new Digital Media two day event, on June 1 and June 2. A combo pass is also available for all four days. The newly rebranded BMFM promises to deliver an immersive experience for industry professionals and digital creators alike, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Blue Mountains.
Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 will be dedicated to fostering interactive dialogues tailored for film and television creators, allowing participants to delve into the latest industry trends and innovations. Staple events like the Mountain Hike with a Filmmaker, Location Tour, and Networking Party on the Mountain will return this year.
Building on two successful editions of the Creative Forum, this year, in addition to welcoming a crop of Canada’s most innovative digital creators, BMFM boasts the attendance of some of Canada’s top professionals in the screen-based industries, who are ready to network with attendees and discuss present and future projects, and outline what they are currently in the market for. Attendees can enjoy Breakfast and Lunch Roundtables with decision-makers, as well as unique Gondola Meetings set in an intimate and outdoor setting just a short trip from the Greater Toronto Area.
“We knew that if we built it, they would come, and this year, they are indeed coming! After a few short years since launching the festival and the Creative Forum we are delighted to welcome these esteemed industry executives to the Blue Mountain Film + Media Festival,” said Helen duToit, Artistic Director of BMFM. “Their presence underscores the festival’s significance as a premier platform for networking, collaboration, and innovation in the film and media industry and we can’t wait for this year’s event to unfold.”
Industry Executives confirmed to attend include:
- Kerry Appleyard, SVP Creative Affairs, Boat Rocker
- Adam Feigan, Development Executive, Series and Movies, Incendo Media
- Jocelyn Hamilton, President, TV eOne/Lionsgate EntOne Group
- Tom Hastings, Head of Original Programming, Paramount+ Canada
- Rachel Nelson, VP Original Programming and Head of Corus Studios
- Michelle McCree, Executive in Charge of Production, CBC The Passionate Eye + Limited Doc Series
- Mark Montefiore, CEO, New Metric Media
- Virginia Rankin, Executive Producer, Scripted TV, Blink 49
- Tara Woodbury, Director, Content, Netflix Canada
In an exciting collaboration, BMFM has partnered with the highly popular Buffer Festival as part of its innovative growth. On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, the Creative Forum will focus on Digital Media and will feature digital content panels, networking opportunities, and screenings, including a special Buffer Festival Screening, Buffer Talks and Live Creator Performances in the Village.
Digital Creators confirmed to attend include:
- Tope Babalola, comedian, digital creator
- Marie Stella, comedian, digital creator
- Ryan Ng, documentarian, digital creator
- Julie Nolke, actress, writer, digital creator
- Neat Cool Okay, comedians, digital creators
“It was important to us a growing event to ensure we were inclusive of digital creators, and partnering with Buffer Festival to enhance the BMFM experience for our attendees was an easy decision,” said Patti Kendall, Managing Director, BMFM. “This collaboration brings together industry leaders and creators to inspire, educate, and entertain and they also know how to throw a party .”
BMFM aims to unveil unique networking and educational opportunities, allowing attendees to connect with senior decision-makers and producers in intimate settings that go beyond the ordinary. Early bird passes and special hotel rates starting from $179/night (plus applicable taxes) are now available for Creative Forum attendees.
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