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The “Made in Banff” Digital Media Pitch Session

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Do you have a great idea for an interactive project? If your project displays an exceptional interactive content idea and an original media dissemination strategy – and your pitch stands out above all others in terms of creativity and originality in the digital media space, then come pitch your project to The “Made in Banff” Digital Media Creative Pitch Session at SXSW. The successful pitch session participant will be awarded a Banff Centre-hosted Creation Residency.

The Banff Centre’s Media team will work with you toward completing the production of your winning interactive media project. Professional resources include a wide variety of production and post-production services along experienced programmers, animators, videographers and audio personnel. Residencies will take place over an intensive 3-week period and culminate with the public presentation of the work created. Initial pitch applications will be submitted in advance via email to:


Gavin McGarry Pres Jumpwire Media

Before founding Jumpwire Media in 2009 Gavin worked for online video start up Joost and was the Head of Cross Platform Business Development at global television production company Endemol.

Gavin has been working in media space for over 20 years. His past experience includes positions at major television networks as well as owning and operating a television production company and a boutique advertising agency. His company created some of the first cross media TV content and worked with major networks including NBC, Discovery, CTV, and Global Television. The full service ad agency serviced two national clients and explored integrating brands into television and online properties. In 2004 he moved from his native Canada to the UK to better understand the rapidly emerging mobile phone space. Through his position at Endemol he worked closely with the UK’s largest mobile operator O2 and helped develop leading edge content for multiple platform release. In 2007 he moved into the web video arena based out of the Joost’s New York office. He has spent time in Japan, Africa, Europe and China exploring and understanding the global digital media content market place. He is invited to speak at media industry conferences on a regular basis including: MIPCOM, International Institute of Communications, Harvard Business Club of New York, Ryerson University, NAPTE, Xmedia Lab, etc.

Joe Fingerote Sr Audio Broadcast Producer The Banff Centre

Kelly Robinson Director of Theatre Arts The Banff Centre

Kerry Stauffer Exec Dir, Film & Media The Banff Centre