What Does the Program Offer?
Writers will deepen their screenwriting artistry and technical application through faculty mentorship, podcast workshops, access to Screenwriting software, group discussions, and concluding Q and A sessions.
The residency provides the opportunity for writers to build peer relationships and expand their professional networks to support and create collaborative opportunities in the future.
This is a self-motivated residency and encourages participants to discover best practices to engage and inspire writing to happen at home and away.
Who Should Apply?
This program invites emerging to mid-career Indigenous writers and screenwriters from across Canada and International. Screenwriters can apply with experience from any genre and script length.
For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures
- Week One: Online (October 10 - 14)
Approx. 3hrs of programming a day.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the faculty and Elder by signing up for one-on-one online sessions with faculty, and attend faculty group workshops. Peer collaboration can begin here, however this week is aimed at getting acquainted with the online system and what it has to offer.
- Week Two & Three: In-Person (October 17 - 28)
Participants will arrive on campus on October 16.
Participants will begin with a morning ritual gathering to welcome and thank visiting faculty, as well as check in with needs and questions. Faculty will offer group workshop and one-on-one review sessions, and peer collaborations take place through shared readings.
- Everyone departs campus October 29.
Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus..
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.
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. Banff Centre can respond to most dietary requests.
The Full Flex meal plan is equivalent to $58 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.
Join in group seminars/workshops.
Join in online lectures
Limited access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.
Although the doors remain temporarily closed, you can still access a wide range of books, periodicals, recordings and scores through our digital databases available on the digital resources page, and physical items through our curbside pick-up service.
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.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)
*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee, meal and accommodation fee is available for this program.
All accepted participants will receive the above financial aid package. Application fees are not refundable.
Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.
Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.
How to Apply
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
Please note, application fees are non-refundable and go towards supporting the review of each program application and the adjudication process. All submitted applications are reviewed by a panel of adjudicators, and due to the competitive nature of Banff Centre’s programs, we do not provide feedback on applications or guarantee acceptances into programs. All applicants will be notified of their application status via email following adjudication.
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. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.