Kickstart with Canva: A Creative Program in collaboration with Tribeca

Kickstart with Canva is a partnership between Canva and Tribeca to empower emerging creators across entertainment to showcase and create buzz around their projects via Canva's all-in-one visual communication platform, in-depth training workshops and kickstart awards.

Combining Canva’s visual communication platform and Tribeca’s expertise in professional and artistic development, the program will consist of both in-person and virtual workshop sessions in the key design areas that entertainment creators need. Canva empowers over 185 million people globally every month - from all backgrounds and industries - to bring their ideas to life visually. Creating dedicated support for the people driving creativity within entertainment is a natural extension of Canva’s mission to empower anyone to design anything, anywhere.

Kickstart with Canva culminates with an opportunity to enter to win one of five US $20,000 Kickstart Awards that, along with support from Tribeca Studios, will help them further their development.

2023 marked the inaugural year of the Kickstart with Canva program awarding five winning films with kickstart awards and mentorship towards advancing their projects. The 2023 winners will also be featured at a showcase event at 2024 Tribeca Festival to platform their projects to an industry audience.

Learn more about the 2023 Program Award Winners.

This year’s program will launch in June alongside the 2024 Tribeca Festival with an in-person design workshop, followed by two virtual sessions in Summer 2024 , hosted by Canva’s own Design Education Specialists.

We are calling on all emerging independent creators - writers, directors, producers - working across traditional film, TV and immersive storytelling to join us.

Please see The Tribeca and Kickstart with Canva Contest Rules & Regulations here.

All workshop attendees will be granted a free 6-month Canva Pro subscription*. Creators that attend at least two sessions will be eligible to apply for a kickstart award in August 2024. To apply you must be based in the U.S. and have completed at least one writing, directing or producing project of any length.

Session #1 (June 10th, 4pm at Tribeca Festival, max 90 creators - Register Here) - Creating a Dynamic Pitch Deck with Canva
This initial session, led by experts in both design and entertainment, will focus on how to use Canva to create a visually and narratively alluring pitch deck. Learn how to translate your vision into a presentation that will garner attention and attachment.

  • Session #1 is open only to participants who did not attend last year's in person workshop. 

  • If unable to attend in person, please contact us for a video recording at

Session #2 (July, remotely, max 300 creators) - DETAILS COMING SOON

Session #3 (August, remotely, max 300 creators) - DETAILS COMING SOON

Click this link to register your interest in attending the in-person event by June 10th. Our in-person workshop is limited to a maximum of 90 people. Attendees will be registered based on both film experience and order of registering. This page will be updated if we reach capacity prior to that date. Virtual workshop registration will remain open. Please review all rules & regulations before completing the form.

For more questions, please contact

*If workshop attendees already have an existing subscription to Canva Pro (whether yearly or monthly) the complementary subscription can only be applied at the expiry of their existing subscription period.