Have you always wanted to have a say in what you see on TV? Now you can! I am inviting you to vote on a new social platform called STORYHIVE. Part Kickstarter, part Linkedin, part competition (yes, like American Idol) site, STORYHIVE connects the community with production talent to pitch story ideas, plan projects and garner crowd support to attract funding from TELUS. Up to 6 top projects, as supported by the community, will each receive a production grant of $5000 and distribution on Optik TV On Demand.
We need your help to weigh in on what projects should receive funding. Voting is now open until this Sunday, July 14 at 11:55pm. Over 100 members of the creative community and 600 fans have gathered together in the Pilot Season to create 15 unique Canadian-produced video-based projects. If you love Canadian talent and want to support the local (Vancouver) creative community, sign up as a Fan and cast your votes. I guarantee it’ll make you feel good. Like, cheering for the home team.
The projects are as diverse, compelling and fresh as the people creating them. You can cast your votes for anytime before Sunday, July 14 at 11:55pm. Here are the finalists as of 07/12 (listed in alphabetical order):
- After Film School
- Brew Love: A Story About BC Craft Beer
- Cooking with Tim
- Exploring Inter-Cultural Music Through Improvisation
- Eye for an Eye
- Forest in the City: The Untold Story of Pacific Spirit Park
- Girls with Swords
- Return to the Restaurant Rumble
- The Bus Ride
- Things I Never Want us to Do Together
- Transitioning Harold
- Vancouver Trailblazers
On behalf of the hardworking teams behind the projects listed above, we thank you in advance. Teams are driving hard so you might see a few more join before voting closes. Again, we appreciate your voice in telling us what you want to see produced.
If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t worry. STORYHIVE (now in pilot beta) will re-launch again in the Fall. Whether you’re an emerging filmmaker, an independent producer, a non-profit working with inspiring people or just someone with a passion for making videos, STORYHIVE is your opportunity to share your stories on TV. If you have any suggestions or feedback, we welcome them. You can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks from all the folks at STORYHIVE.
Prem Gill, Director, Content for TELUS, is a passionate ambassador for local content creation and a loves to urban farm. She was recently named in a Globe and Mail article referencing the Globe’s power list of 10 women who matter in English Canada as film and content creators and decision makers. A member of the TELUS team since 2008, she leads the curation of our Optik Video On Demand content. As part of her portfolio, she drives the development of content for Optik Local community programming, which is available on demand to Optik TV subscribers and publically through the Optik Local website.