So far, 2017 has been a whirlwind for Canada’s film industry.
It’s the place creators want to be and it’s no surprise given the majestic backdrop of mountainscapes, sprawling beaches, and characteristic towns.
But the creative magic isn’t stopping any time soon, since now there are more creatives than ever in the city. This includes producers, script writers, animators, directors, graphic artists, and much more.
That’s why production grants and distribution organization, STORYHIVE, creates opportunities for aspiring filmmakers here in Alberta and also in BC. Recently, they selected 30 pilot web series that will be making it to the screen next year. Spoiler alert: you’re going to want to add them to your must-watch list.
Set in 1920s Canada, a female doctor named May is sent to a logging camp to treat a series of werewolf attacks. Created by Albertan Nick Bellemore this series has been given $10,000 of funding for production. Watch it to find out what happens when May has to fight against men who want to kill her brother, and find a cure before it’s too late.
Pow Wow Emcee
This comedy created by Alberta-based Aretha Greatrix sees a young man and his friends on their way to a pow wow, meeting some interesting characters on the way. Faced with individuals who could prevent him from achieving his dream, you’ll want to watch it to see what unfolds.
Frick, I Love Nature
Created by Albertan Gordie Lucius, this documentary uses comedy to showcase the coolest freaking gifts nature has to offer. It has been awarded $10,000 in funding and it’s certainly worth a watch since it will provide you with a new level of appreciation for Canada’s beautiful wilderness.
The National is one drama that you can look forward to watching in 2018. Created by Alberta-based Michael Manus, the series shows how it’s easy to see the forest for the trees when you’re lost in the woods. Watch it to see what happens when a group of criminals are based in the Canadian wilderness.
Snowshoe & Monster
A monster story isn’t any good if no one believes it – that’s the basis of this five part web series, created by Albertan Siobhan Cooney. The drama has been awarded $10,000 in funding and you need to check it out since it conveys how a conspiracy theorist and scientific photographer are hired to help a woman track down her childhood monster.
But that’s not all – you’ll want to check out these 25 funded web series, too:
- The Parent Council
- Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart
- The Big Canadian Trip
- The Berg
- RE-TOLD: Highway Patrolman
- Climax, Sk-Pilot
- It’s My Anxiety
- My Wife, My Boyfriend, and I
- Home Party
- Against The Grain: A Guide to Nonconformity
- The Analogue Photography Series: Film is Still Alive
- Western Steele
- Angry Alice
- Tommy Lindholm presents The Bucket List
- Second Home
- Not Tubby
- Diaries of Badass Chicks
So now you have hours of unique, stellar films to look forward to next year.
STORYHIVE offers production grants and distribution opportunities for filmmakers, musicians, storytellers and creators in BC and Alberta. They tell stories, create art, and make careers happen. Learn more at storyhive.com.