Who can apply?

Applicants must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Be a woman or non-binary;
  • 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 one regional workshop in either Toronto, Vancouver, or Calgary;
  • Be available to attend the 2020 BANFF World Media Festival from June 14 - June 17, 2020.

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