Posted on October 28th, 2014

Here is a major opportunity to receive funding for your next creative video project!

STORYHIVE is a kickstarter-inspired online platform conceived by TELUS where local content creators can pitch their ideas for a chance at grant funding and exposure. Through it, they can earn themselves funding to produce their passion projects by getting their community to back them and vote on their project. Winners will also get exposure, something that TELUS is uniquely positioned to provide them through its Optik TV On Demand service.

After a successful first season that saw 20 short film producers in Vancouver (10), Calgary (5) and Edmonton (5) win $10,000 grants each as well as distribution of their finished work through Optik TV, TELUS is excited to be extending this program to Victoria for Season 2!

Just launched, the new season will be a special web series edition and is open for entries from October 14 – November 3 (those hoping to participate will need to act fast!). Check out the trailer above for a quick overview of the program.

STORYHIVE Season 2 will have two stages:

Stage 1: October 14 – December 15
o Through a social voting window, the top 30 finalists will be selected in BC and Alberta
o 15 x $10,000 grants per province will be awarded to the finalists to develop a web series
o The grant winners will also receive distribution through TELUS Optik TV on demand
o This is a total of $300,000 to invest in local talent and locally produced content in BC and

Stage 2: Coming March 2015
o 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
o One award of $50,000 will be given to the top project in each province, along with distribution through TELUS Optik TV on demand
o Stage 2 winners will also receive mentorship and training from industry pros, helping them to move from emerging artist to well-known talent
o This will be an additional $100,000 invested in local talent and content creation in BC and Alberta, plus the value of the training and mentorship (TBC)

STORYHIVE is now accepting submissions at

Take a look at some of the amazing talent and great work from Season 1: