Filmmakers are known for their cool ideas, but bringing them to life presents an entirely different challenge.
With STORYHIVE, a community-powered funding program fuelled by Telus Optik TV, emerging BC and Alberta content creators have the opportunity to make their web series pilots materialize as the program offers production grants.
Watch the videos from local talent and vote for your favourites online. Two winners will be selected to receive $50,000 to turn their pilots into a full series, which will be distributed on Optik Local (Telus Community Programming) via Telus Optik TV on Demand.
We picked out a few pilots to give you an idea of this year’s talented contenders. Check out the rest of them and vote for your favourites.
Illustrator Lauren Brem captures the stories behind the faces on her sketchpad in this documentary that chronicles the spirit and struggles of the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Girls vs. The City
Girls vs. The City is a satirical look at life in one of the most beautiful and expensive cities in the world. Comedians Brynn and Brianna navigate sky rocketing rent prices and a rapidly draining dating pool with quick wit and awkward hilarity.
Welcome to Surrey
Suneet, a law student in Toronto, comes home to Surrey to look after her ailing father. She reconnects with old friends and re-ignites a romantic relationship that forces her to choose between the predictability of her old life or a scary new one.
Vote for your favourite web series on STORYHIVE so that two lucky winners will receive $50,000 to turn their pilots into a full web series. Votes will determine which projects receive funding and distribution through Optik Local via Telus Optik TV on Demand.