STORYHIVE is a Kickstarter-inspired online platform where local content creators can pitch their ideas for a chance at grant funding from TELUS and they’ve just launched their next season!
The initiative brings together local filmmakers of all skill levels in Metro Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and surrounding areas, and Victoria and the community to choose their top picks. Those voted are awarded production funding and distribution on Optik TV.
Season 2 is expanding to focus on web series content and is open to content creators of all skill and experience levels, from hobbyists to film school trained production talent and everyone in between.
Season 2 will be broken into two stages:
The top 30 finalists will be selected in BC and Alberta (15 in each province) and will be awarded 15 x $10,000 grants per province to develop a web series pilot (3-8 minutes) and receive distribution through TELUS Optik TV on demand
The top 30 finalists will then compete with their finished pilot for the chance to win a $50,000 grant to create their full series ( 1 award per province) through TELUS Optik TV on demand.
Stage 2 winners will also receive mentorship and training from industry pros, helping them to move from emerging artist to well-known talent
So what happened in Season 1?
Twenty emerging artists from Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary were all chosen by a social vote to receive a $10,000 grant from TELUS to bring their short films to life and receive distribution on Optik TV On Demand and online. You can watch the finished products anytime online at http://www.storyhive.com/showcase.
The filmmakers retain all ownership of their work. STORYHIVE is just one of the ways that TELUS fulfills the “We Give Where We Live.” philosophy. This TELUS initiative is designed to support the success of emerging artists, while driving innovation in local content creation and locally-produced programming available via Optik Local (formerly TELUS Community TV).
For more information on how you can get involved go to www.storyhive.com.