Who can apply?

An eligible applicant to this program must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Self-declared as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour;
  • A Canadian resident; 
  • Available to attend BANFF in June 2021.

We encourage applications from francophone candidates, as a key mandate of this program is to include up to 25% francophone participants annually.

**Please note: While you may apply with a project that you are co-creating or co-producing with a partner(s), this program is a professional development opportunity for individuals. Applications will be assessed and participants awarded on an individual basis.

Program Participant Qualifications

The goal is to achieve a strong mix of both emerging and established participants.


Emerging participants must already have produced, directed and/or written at least one finished project but must not have professional screen credit in a creative or producer role on a commercial television, film or digital media project.



Established participants may have professional screen credits but may not be owners, operators or employed by an established media production, broadcast or digital media company with more than three (3) full-time employees.


Pitch Program Qualification (25 Participants)

Participants chosen for the enhanced DOV Pitch Program (25 of the selected participants) will be selected based on the commercial strength of their submitted projects as determined by the program selection committee.


Project Guidelines

Every applicant must submit one (1) project that they wish to develop and sell with the support of this program.  (See Submission Guidelines).

Projects must meet these criteria:

  1. It is currently under Canadian ownership and Canadian executive and creative control;
  2. It is currently under the financial control of Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  3. The applicant owns all rights (including copyright) and options necessary for the production and its distribution and retains an ongoing financial interest in all components of the project