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 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 based in Canada.
  • Retain an equity stake in the business to be grown  via BANFF Spark.
  • The existing business 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.
  • Be available to attend a series of virtual workshops between October and February 2024/2025.
  • Be available to attend the 2025 BANFF World Media Festival on location in Banff, Alberta in June 2025.

* 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.