ANDRA SHEFFER Scholarship FINAL-2017.doc From our friends at Interactive Ontario

// IO – The voice of the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Industry

Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is looking for promising entrepreneurial Canadian students at the university level who show a talent and passion for creating innovative children’s content. Each year, one outstanding Canadian student planning to pursue a career in children’s, television (animation or live action) or digital media production will be selected to receive the YMA Andra Sheffer Scholarship. The award enables recipients to attend the Kidscreen Summit in Miami and Banff World Media Festival in Alberta as well as access mentorship resources throughout the year.

Recipients will obtain invaluable exposure and opportunities to pursue a career in the children’s media industry.

The annual scholarship includes $2,000 CAD in cash to cover travel costs, one Kidscreen Summit conference registration (valued at approximately $1,595 USD) and one Banff World Media Festival registration (valued at approximately $1,695). The total value is approximately $6,000 CAD, cash and in-kind. Mentorship, provided to ensure the recipient benefits fully from the events, will be offered by YMA staff, Board of Directors members and children’s industry stakeholders and may include the following: help with choosing the most appropriate sessions, event orientation, personal introductions to industry members, attendance of networking meetings and, as appropriate, a review of the student’s pitch documents.

The Kidscreen Summit, the children’s entertainment industry’s most important annual conference, will be held in Miami, Florida, February 12–15, 2018. (

The Banff World Media Festival provides delegates with the opportunity to meet global leaders and celebrate the world’s best content and talent. Banff, Alberta, June 10–13, 2018 (

Both conferences include workshops, keynotes, presentations and panels exploring trends, innovations, critical issues and business solutions for the industry. The award recipient will have complete access to all events along with networking opportunities under the guidance of an Alliance member.

Application deadline: October 20, 2017