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Fall Film Festival Season is Buzzing with STORYHIVE


When you think of fall, you think of multi-coloured leaves, sweaters and…films? Yes, films! As most Canadians know, Autumn is the unofficial start of film festival season and this fall is particularly exciting for TELUS, as the short films funded by our STORYHIVE grant program in B.C. and Alberta are now complete and available to view through Optik On Demand.

STORYHIVE is a kickstarter inspired social platform, which garners support for local projects by asking online communities to vote on the short film they like best. The top projects, based on votes, receive funding from TELUS to produce and distribute their projects.

This past May, the top 20 projects each received a $10,000 grant and were given 10 weeks to complete their projects. We’re happy to report that earlier this month, each of the winning films premiered at local screenings to sold-out audiences in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

I’ve been lucky enough to watch all 20 winning short films (more than once) and I continue to be amazed by the range of perspectives and ideas featured in these films. With films ranging from a documentary based on a crew of buskers in Vancouver, to a drama on inner-city poverty and racism in Edmonton, as well as a touching story of an android that brings a father and son together in Calgary, this year’s STORYHIVE winning short films are creative, diverse and thought-provoking.

If you’re an Optik TV subscriber, be sure to kick-off your festival season by checking out these short films at Optik on Demand>Optik Local>Short Films, or online at the winner’s showcase.

STORHIVE will be back, starting October 14 with a web series competition. We’ve added more “honey” to the HIVE, with 15 x $10,000 grants available in B.C. and Alberta to produce a pilot webisode and a larger grant award of $50,000 to create a full web series (including training and mentorship).

If you’re a creator in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton or Calgary, sign up for updates at STORYHIVE.com.

Congratulations again to all of the filmmakers and thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the HIVE.