Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Alberta Media Production Industries Association announce Story Summit 2018

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Story Summit 2018 to address story, technology, diversity, and inclusion in the ever changing eco-system of content and media and entertainment

BANFF, AB, December 5, 2017 – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Alberta Media Production Industries Associations (AMPIA) are proud to announce the third annual Story Summit on March 9, 10, and 11, 2018 hosted at Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. 

Story Summit is a premier gathering for North American digital content creators, filmmakers, producers, and directors. The Summit encompasses a full day of workshops in addition to keynotes and panel discussions. Topics include monetization and globalization of content, diversity and inclusion in the media and entertainment industry, with ample hands-on workshops crafted to sharpen both the technical and creative skills needed to stay relevant and in the game. 

This year, Story Summit presents keynote speaker Jon Giegengack, Founder and Principal, Hub Entertainment Research. With 20 years of experience in research for entertainment and technology clients, Giegengack is an expert in what drives consumer decisions in an environment where providers, content sources, and devices. His keynote discussion will cut through the clutter and outline what is being watched, when, and on what platform…and the surprising trends that are leading the way for opportunity in the media and entertainment industry.

“As English Canada’s oldest industry association, AMPIA is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of keeping its members on the leading edge of narrative, technology, and business innovation. AMPIA will continue to assist Alberta producers in developing strong intellectual properties as they engage with new platforms and partners in the global marketplace,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA

“We are pleased to collaborate with AMPIA to bring Story Summit 2018 to Banff Centre. This annual summit has proven invaluable through its hands-on workshops and panel sessions to content producers and media professionals, navigating the digital landscape,” said Kerry Stauffer, Managing Director, Events & Public Engagement, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Last year’s Summit featured speakers Stephen Campanelli, SOC; Fabian Wagner, BSC, Cinematographer; Sean Savage, Assoc BSC, ACO, SOC, Camera Operator; and, many more.  

“Story Summit 2017 was an opportunity for me to give something back to the film industry. The enormous sense of satisfaction I experienced whilst giving workshops and keynote speeches to both young and up and coming film makers is something I will not forget. What an amazing five days in a breathtaking location,” says Savage, whose credits include Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, Dracula, Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful, Elizabeth.

Registration for Story Summit 2018 is now open and the full agenda and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.  For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact: 

Kristin Petrovich
President, Createsasphere

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.

About AMPIA: Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is a vibrant non-profit, member-driven association that leads, builds and represents Alberta’s screen-based production industry. Formed in 1973, AMPIA has over 200 members and member companies, representing over 2,000 industry professionals -- a cross-section that includes producers, directors, screenwriters, performers, craftspeople, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, digital and web-based content creators and students engaged in film and media studies.