WIDC Presenting Partners
The Banff Centre is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. The Centre’s mission is inspiring creativity. Various modules of WIDC takes place at The Banff Centre. The Banff Centre, primarily through the Digital Media Department, under the leadership of Executive Director, Kerry Stauffer, contributes production and editing studios, equipment and support personnel, and logistical planning and coordination. The Centre’s Theatre department, as well as Audio which is part of the Digital Media department, also make significant contributions to the WIDC program. Participant residencies are supported through generous artist discounts towards lodging on The Banff Centre campus. WIDC is considered one of the flagship programs at The Banff Centre. Support from Banff Centre, including Digital Media staff, Jean Macpherson, Greta Heathcote, Teresa Leonard, Luke Van Dyk, Tom Montvilla, Todd Langille, Aubrey Fernandez and so many more, helps to make the program experience exceptional for all participants.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 22,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media. Only ACTRA full and apprentice members (actors) are accepted into the Acting Ensemble of the program. More than 500 actors have applied for the ensemble over the last fifteen years. On average nine actors are selected each year for WIDC. ACTRA provides cash funding towards the costs of the actors selected to participant in the WIDC Acting Ensembles, and the Mentor Actor Instructors, through the National office, ACTRA Alberta, UBPC/ACTRA, the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC), and the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS).