STORYHIVE, the community-powered funding program backed by Telus, provides production grants and distribution opportunities for film, TV and digital creators across Western Canada. The public votes on the project pitches they want to see come to fruition via the STORYHIVE platform and Telus Optik TV. The latest edition of the competition was the biggest yet, providing emerging content creators each with up to $100,000 in grants to produce their content which include web series and film projects.
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Of the 25 winning projects, 17 are from British Columbia and 8 are from Alberta. In addition to various financial grants, each team will receive production support and mentorship. Creative BC has partnered with STORYHIVE to offer top-up grants from a $200,000 pool for the local productions. The finished products will be completed by Spring 2018 and made available on STORYHIVE and Telus Optic TV.
STORYHIVE 100k Edition Funded Projects from British Columbia:
Girl Vs. The City (Comedy): Partial improv comedy series about 2 millennial girls navigating their Vancouver lives, while doing their best to fit in.
Changing Faces (Documentary): An intimate look at the changing landscape of Vancouver’s Chinatown through the eyes of those living in the community.
NarcoLeap (Drama): Heather, a 25-year-old loner with narcolepsy, is thrust into a world of espionage when she discovers that during her lucid dreams she is commandeering the bodies of real people across the globe.
Love Intersections (Documentary): Diverse stories of queer, trans, and intersex people of colour living in the margins in BC.
Me, Mum & Willie: From Kid to Caregiver (Documentary): Tricia learns the value in caring for others through her mother’s adoption of an alcoholic logger.
Red Chef Revival (Documentary): Rich Francis – first nations chef who travels across Canada to tell his people’s stories through modern Indigenous cuisine.
Finding Big Country (Documentary): The story of the NBA’s infamous team, the Vancouver Grizzlies, as told by a superfan who grew up idolizing the team in the 1990’s, and who had dreams of becoming the first professional female basketball player
My Rainbow Family (Documentary): A ten-year follow-up documentary to a previous film about same-sex marriage fathers who had adopted children – where are they now?
Eddy’s Kingdom (Documentary): Documentary about ailing hostage taker Eddy Haymour as he attempts to reconnect with his daughter before he passes away.
Relics (Documentary): Exploring forgotten and abandoned places to tell meaningful stories of our past.
The Radicals (Documentary): Five action sport athletes who have chosen to go beyond the norm and are making a big difference in the world.
The Last Hangman (Documentary): Alberta’s last mass hanging involved Nazis and a pedophile, told through the eyes of the hangman’s surviving secretary.
Dust ‘n Bones (Documentary): Educational documentary that examines the challenges of the re-dedication of First Nations remains.
Esluna: the world beyond (Animation): Thrust into the mystical lands of Esluna, estranged Ruby uncovers the dark past of her father as she searches for a way back home.
She’s Not Funny (Documentary): A series about the challenges faced by female comics in the male dominated world of stand-up comedy.
Geoff & the Ninja (Comedy): Geoff had it all… until he didn’t. In desperate need of a roommate, a ninja answers the call.
Nisowak (Action/Adventure): After the death of her mother, Mêkwan now has the ability to shape shift a power that “The Whip Man” wants to eliminate.
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The next competition is for a $10,000 production grant for a web series pilot. More information on STORYHIVE.com