Who can apply?

Applicants must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Be a woman, non-binary, or Two-Spirit
  • Be a Canadian resident
  • Be building or launching a business that produces, distributes, or supports content creation or monetization within the screen-based industries. This includes content production, traditional or streaming broadcast platforms, international distribution, animation or visual effects service providers, post-production services, and music publishers for film or television, as well as professional service providers such as technology solutions, agents, locations, and facilities, etc.
  • Be applying with a business that is or will be based in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Ontario
  • Retain an equity stake in the business to be grown or launched via BANFF Spark
  • The existing business or the business to be launched has or will have a minimum of 20% equity owned by women
  • The business must be privately held and not listed on any exchanges anywhere in the world
  • If applying with a new business, the new venture must be expected to launch within one (1) year of BANFF Spark’s program commencement
  • Be available to attend a series of virtual workshops between February to April 2022
  • Be available to attend the 2022 BANFF World Media Festival on location in Banff, Alberta in June 2022

* Please note: individual productions or media projects do not qualify for participation in BANFF Spark.

See the FAQ page for more information about the BANFF Spark application process and requirements.