Sponsored Post: Telus STORYHIVE Offering $400K to Web Video Stars

The landscape for independent creativity has changed a lot in the last few years. Much of our favorite entertainment comes from Internet videos and video-on-demand type services. At the same time, the barrier to entry has been lowered, thanks to platforms like Kickstarter. Melding these two trends together is a fantastic initiative from the folks at Telus, one of Canada’s largest telecom companies. It’s called STORYHIVE and they want to give you thousands of dollars to realize your video-making dreams.

With the first season of STORYHIVE earlier this year, Telus helped to fund 20 short films that were then distributed on Optik TV On Demand and online. These films approached everything from world cycle touring tips to a Sharkasaurus thriller. With the second season, Telus and STORYHIVE want to build on that success by funding some fun web series content.

The online community will help select the top 30 finalists (15 each from BC and Alberta), each of whom will receive a $10,000 grant to produce a 3-8 minute web series pilot. That’s the first stage. In the second stage, the finalists will pit their finished pilots against one another for a chance at a $50,000 grant to complete their full web series. One award of $50,000 will be given to the top project in each province and, as with the first season of STORYHIVE, these winning projects will then be distributed through Telus Optik TV On Demand.

They’re totally open to whatever ideas you may have. How will you spend your $10,000 grant? On a new camera? Maybe some better sound equipment? What about lighting? If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to get started, check out the pilot of the “How to Make a Web Series” web series below and hit up the STORYHIVE website for more details.


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