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Emergence Lab

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Program Information

Computers in the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Building Collaboration Lab

How to Apply

The application fee for this program is covered through a partnership between The Banff Centre, The French Embassy of Canada, L'Institut Français,and On Screen Manitoba.

Pour le programme en français, merci de cliquer ici


Emergence Lab is a bilingual residency dedicated to new and emerging forms of storytelling. This seven-day residency brings together experienced traditional authors with multimedia artists and technicians to explore the world of multiplatform stories through storytelling projects specially selected for the program. Together, working on three selected projects, they will explore new forms of narration. Three selected storytellers will join lead faculty Jonathan Belisle, three mentors, five participants and Banff Centre technical experts to workshop their projects. During the program each group will work towards producing one of the following: narrative arc, interactive script, storyboards, interactive storyboards, a prototype, or a theoretical / conceptual framework.

What does the program offer?

Participants will attend workshops, review case studies and take part in project consultation sessions with faculty, technical experts and guest speakers. These sessions will inspire, deepen, and contextualize the possibilities of multi-platform story development. Participants can expect to leave the program with a deepened understanding of how to develop a traditional narrative into a multi-platform story, including considerations for project architecture decisions, design elements, and prototyping and production planning.

Who should apply?

The call for applications is aimed at authors with a strong interest in interactive storytelling and who are in the process of either conceptualizing or already working on new projects of writing. Fluency in both official languages, French and English, is a deciding factor for selecting a project . Artists may apply in either language. Please note that the enrollment system via SlideRoom is in English only.


Enrollment in this program is limited to Canadian citizens and citizens of France.

Application Requirements

  1. Letter of intent: A one-page description, including the theme, an outline of materials and facilities required, and indicative timelines.
  2. Resume: A resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.
  3. Biography: A 150 word (max) personal biography.
  4. Portfolio: Samples of relevant recent artistic work and any documentation or video material or existing websites pertaining to your proposed project (not exceeding 20 pages).

How to Apply

The application fee for this program is covered through a partnership between Banff Centre, The French Embassy of Canada, L'Institut Français, and On Screen Manitoba. 

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre


What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Full Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Travel Read MoreClose

Economy travel to and from Banff.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Participants accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship to cover the costs of the program including economy travel to/from Banff, tuition, accommodation, and meal plan at The Banff Centre.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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