TELUS STORYHIVE is searching for local creators in B.C. and Alberta to be a part of its All Access Documentary Edition. Selected film-based creators will each receive a $20,000 production grant, mentorship, training, and distribution of their projects on TELUS Optik TV.
The funding will be spread across B.C. and Alberta and offers 40 people the opportunity to document and share stories from their diverse communities. STORYHIVE is hopeful one of the selected creators will be a Dawson Creek local that can bring to life a story people may not have heard yet.
“We are excited to see applications from Dawson Creek and across B.C. and Alberta,” says Erin Shaw, TELUS STORYHIVE’s Northern B.C. territory manager.
“The All Access Documentary Edition is all about supporting compelling local stories, including those about community builders, health and wellness, innovative local technology, environment, agriculture and beyond.”
“Dawson Creek is home to unique voices, diverse backgrounds and dreamers who want to set the stage and tell local stories,” Shaw continues. “Pitch any documentary idea from your community that you are passionate about. You don’t have to move to a big city to gain skills. Share stories from your community while continuing to live there.”
TELUS STORYHIVE has supported a community of more than 18,000 local content creators across B.C. and Alberta since 2013, providing over $15 million in funding and creating a safe space for storytellers to hone their skills and bring their projects to life.
In another northern community, Grande Prairie resident Darryl Haugen had an idea for a documentary about gritty, small town Mixed Martial Arts fighters making a big impact on the international stage. Thanks to funding and mentorship in 2019 from TELUS STORYHIVE, her film Small Town Strength came to life less than a year later.
“Because of the funding, I had access to mentors and resources that helped take my project to the next level,” says Haugen. “The mentors give amazing advice and know where to go when you are looking for an answer. My story would not have been the same without them.”
“For creators interested in applying for the STORYHIVE All Access Documentary Edition, my advice would be to believe in your project no matter the topic and write from the heart,” Haugen explains.
“It might have been done before. Maybe it is strange and unusual or might be difficult to film. If you believe in your story, your passion and excitement for the story will come across. If you are passionate about the story you are telling, others will become passionate about it as well.”
Read submission guidelines, frequently asked questions and watch documentaries from past creators at storyhive.com.
When you’re ready to share your story, submit your application for the STORYHIVE All Access Documentary Edition at storyhive.com/apply. Intake closes on Monday, May 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PT.