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MUSIC VIDEO EDITION COMPETITION RULES.

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called STORYHIVE to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Phase 1 of this online Competition (the “Competition”), participants (“Project Leads” and/or “Teams”) submit a multi-media application for a Music Video (a “Project”) and with scheduled voting, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) and be eligible for one of 30 available $10,000 grants (for Alberta and British Columbia residents only) from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”) with distribution on TELUS Optik TV on Demand. The 30 finalists from Phase 1 of the Competition then move on to Phase 2 where they will compete for two Top Awards, aimed at providing training and mentorship to elevate careers.

Project Leads will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright.

This is a two (2) phase competition for eligible Projects in British Columbia and Alberta (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

PHASE 1, March 13 – July 10, 2017
The 30 winning Projects (the “Top Projects”), in total as determined by a combination of voting results and jury verdict, will be announced within 10 days of the scheduled voting. Each of the winning Project Leads will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to finalize their Grant and deliver their completed Project.

PHASE 2, July 10 – August 4, 2017
Phase 2 continues with the Top 30 Projects, following full technical delivery of the Music Videos. Two projects will be selected and announced following the end of the 2nd phase of scheduled voting and jury. These winning two teams (the “Top Awards”) will once again go on to the grant agreement process with TELUS to claim their grant. This unique competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities. It also encourages mentorship, skills development and real market experience that will allow emerging artists to take their careers to the next level.
 

1. ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBLE TEAMS

To be eligible to apply to STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, all Projects must be led by an Eligible Team.

Together, the Team and Project make the submission the "Submission". Teams must consist of:

  1. A musical performer or band or their legal representative (the “Musical Artist”) who will provide all necessary rights (including synchronization and master use rights) to the song to be used in the Project (the “Music”) and potentially distributed on TELUS platforms as part of the Project; and
  2. A video producer (the “Producer”) who will lead the production aspects of the Project; and
  3. The “Project Lead” who will act as the primary applicant and accept responsibility for all the applicable rights and obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement (the “Grant Agreement”). The Project Lead may be the Musical Artist or the Producer.

ELIGIBLE PROJECT LEADS

The “Project Lead” must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a user who has signed up on the STORYHIVE platform
  2. Be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration OR older as of the Competition deadline; and
  3. Be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta; and
  4. Be a Citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and
  5. May not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, agents and representatives of TELUS or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian Cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Notwithstanding the foregoing, excluded Individuals may participate in the submitted Project as a principal artist, a background instrumental or vocal performer, and/or as a member of the music video production crew. For clarity, “employees” include contractors currently working with TELUS or another BDU. Contractors and employees of TELUS or another BDU may participate in the Project, provided they are not the Project Lead.

ELIGIBLE MUSICAL ARTIST

  1. Musical Artists who are unrepresented, signed to independent labels, have independent management or independent publishing contracts are all eligible to enter.
  2. Musical Artists with direct major label or major publishing agreements are also eligible to enter.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

  1. the Project must have a designated Project Lead (Can be the Musical Artist or the Producer)
  2. the Project must have a Musical Artist
  3. the Project must have a Producer
  4. the Project must have a self-identified female in at least one key creative role (Director, Producer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Writer, Musical Artist)
  5. the Project must fall into the following category: Music Video
  6. the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information), and must otherwise qualify for a G or PG rating;
  7. the Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project, must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below) (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into a Grant Agreement with TELUS;
  8. the Project must be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes in length including any and all screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers and TELUS cards);
  9. the Project must be completed within the approximate two months of awarding (on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on July 10, 2017. (Note: all budget overages for the Project are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team);
  10. the Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online) Note: Submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats);
  11. the Project must not have been already started and/or seeking completion funding.
  12. the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  13. the Project must either be in English or able to be sub-titled or versioned into English.

Exclusions:
In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applications and Project material are excluded from eligibility:

a.    Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and support services);
b.    Political organizations and candidates; and
c.    Advocacy or special interest groups.

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS
STORYHIVE does not wish to unduly limit the types of content or applications that it funds, and applicants for all types of Project proposals are encouraged to apply. However, the following content is ineligible for the Music Video edition of STORYHIVE.

a.    Political, and/or issue driven content
b.    Video Game and other applications;

2. TOP PROJECT & TOP AWARDs (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Phase 1, a total of 30 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"), including Air Canada’s Inflight Entertainment Systems. Project Leads will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

In Phase 2, the Two Top Awards, as determined by community voting and a jury, will be announced within 10 days of the end of the scheduled voting. The winning Projects will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant in each edition of the Competition.

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PARTNER + PITCH + PLAN: You and your project's other lead (we require a Music Lead and a Video Lead) have from 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST Monday, March 13, 2017 to 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST Friday, April 14, 2017, to complete your Submission (i.e., your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required:

  • Song Title*
  • Band/Artist Title*
  • Why this Artist/Band*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • About the Song* (enter text, maximum 350 characters)
  • Genre of Music* (select one from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 2, maximum 6)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (share a YouTube embed link)
  • Project song* (share a SoundCloud link of a full recording of the song to be used in the Project, not a teaser or sample)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Budget*
  • Lyrics* (complete lyrics are required)
  • Detailed Creative Treatment*

Along with the above required items, you may submit the following content options for jury consideration:

  • Technical Treatment
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Promotional and Marketing Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, Project Leads submit the application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION: Once the intake period closes on April 14, 2017, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter jury adjudication. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to social voting from April 24th at 12:00 pm (NOON) until May 1st at 12:00 pm (NOON) PST. Community voters will be invited to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the submission or voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:
  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of May 11, 2017. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and, if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have approximately 2 months to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (i.e., on or before 5:00 p.m. (PST) on July 10, 2017, unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement).

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and on various social media channels. The Top 30 Projects with their finished music videos then move on to Phase 2 of the Competition.

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Phase 2 voting will resume as the Top 30 Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting for 4 days from July 24th at 12:00p.m. (NOON) PST until July 28 12:00p.m. (NOON) PST. Following the voting, Projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Phase 1. Public voting results will be considered during the jury deliberation, as one component of the winning Project.

MODERATION 2.0 After final voting, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria (“Moderation”).

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD 2.0: The two Top Awards will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the two Top Awards will be announced during the week of August 4, 2017. Just as in Phase 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

TELUS will work with the award winning Project Leads to discuss their Top Awards valued at $10,000 each. These awards will be aimed at providing training and mentorship to elevate your career. 

4. SCHEDULE FOR MAIN EVENTS

Mar 13 - Apr 14 Applications Open 5 Weeks
Apr 14 - Apr 21 Moderation #1 8 Days
Apr 24 - May 1 Online Voting Phase 1 8 Days
May 2 - May 10 Moderation #2 & Jury Deliberation #1 7 Day
May 11 Grant Awards Announced 1 Day
May 11 - Jul 10 Production & Distribution 8.5 Weeks
Jul 10 Delivery 1 Day
July 24 - July 28 Online Voting Phase 2 4 Days
Jul 28 - Aug 3 Moderation #3 & Jury Deliberation #2 7 Days
Aug 4 Top Awards Announced 1 Day

5. VOTING

After Moderation, the website will open up to public voting, during which registered STORYHIVE Creators and the community voters can cast votes to determine their favourite Music Video. A total of five (5) votes will be available at the beginning of each day. Voters may cast a maximum of 1 vote towards one single Project per day.

Voting is subject to change in TELUS’s sole discretion, based on the number of Projects received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the Voting Results.

6. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP AWARD

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the voting results and the jury verdict. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of May 11, 2017. As for Phase 2, the two Top Awards will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Awards will be announced the week of August 4, 2017

7. CLAIMING TOP PROJECT (SECURING A STORYHIVE GRANT)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. the Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the Submission was selected; and
  3. the process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead agrees to abide by these Terms. In the event the Project Lead fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this Competition and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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Created: February 10, 2017


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ANIMATION EDITION COMPETITION RULES

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called "STORYHIVE" to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Phase 1 of this online competition (the “Competition”), participants (“Project Leads”) submit a multi-media application for an Animation Short, with an Animation Lead attached to the Project) (a “Project”) and, in with scheduled voting, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) to be eligible for one of 10 available $10,000 grants (for Alberta and British Columbia residents only) from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”) with distribution on TELUS Optik TV on Demand. Finalists from Phase 1 of the Competition then move on to Phase 2 where they will compete for ONE Top Award, which consists of customized career training, leading up to attendance at the 2017 Ottawa Animation Festival (includes an industry pass, hotel and lodging).

Projects Leads will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright to their finished Projects.

This is a two (2) phase competition for eligible Teams/Projects in British Columbia and Alberta. (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

PHASE 1, OCTOBER 17, 2016 – MAY 26, 2017
The 10 winning Projects (the “Top Projects”), in total as determined by a combination of voting results and jury verdict, will be announced within 10 days of the scheduled voting. Each of the winning Project Leads will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to finalize their Grant and deliver their completed Project.

PHASE 2, MAY 26 – JUNE 15, 2017
Phase 2 continues with the Top 10 Projects, following full technical delivery of the Animation Shorts. The Top Projects, will be announced following the end of the scheduled voting and jury. The winning teams will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award. This unique Competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities. It also encourages mentorship, skills development and real market experience that will allow emerging artists to take their careers to the next level.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, all Projects must be led by an eligible “Project Lead” who will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement. Each Project Lead must:

  1. be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older as of the Competition deadline;
  2. be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta;
  3. be a Citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  4. be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project and must enter into a TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement with TELUS; and
  5. not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, contractors, agents and representatives of TELUS, Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Excluded Individuals may participate in a Project as a principal artist, a background performer, and/or as a member of the video production crew, provided they are not the Project Lead.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

  1. the Project must have an Animation Lead attached to the project
  2. must fall into one of the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary
  3. the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information), and must otherwise qualify for a G or PG rating;
  4. the Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project, must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below) (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into a Grant Agreement with TELUS;
  5. the Project must be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes in length including any and all screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers and TELUS cards);
  6. the Project must be completed within the approximate 7 months awarding (on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on May 26, 2017. (Note: all budget overages for the Project are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team);
  7. the Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online) Note: Submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats);
  8. the Project must not have been already started and/or seeking completion funding;
  9. the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  10. where the Project must either be in English or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English

EXCLUSIONS:

In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applicants and project material are excluded from eligibility:

  1. Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services);
  2. Political organizations and candidates; and
  3. Advocacy or special interest groups

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS

STORYHIVE does not wish to unduly limit the types of content or applications that it funds, and applicants for all types of project proposals are encouraged to apply. However, the following are projects that are ineligible for the Animation Edition of STORYHIVE.

  • Music Videos;
  • Experimental;
  • Series or Episodics
  • Political, and/or issue driven documentaries;
  • Reality TV and docusoaps;
  • Video Game and other applications; and
  • Websites

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Phase 1, a total of 10 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAN and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"), including Air Canada’s Inflight Entertainment Systems. Project Leads will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Phase 2, the Top Project as determined by community voting and a jury, will be announced within 10 days of the end of the scheduled voting. The winning Project will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant in each edition of the Competition.

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Join STORYHIVE by creating a profile within our Creator Directory. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PITCH + PLAN: You and your team have from noon or 12:00 p.m. PST, October 17th, 2016 until noon or 12:00 p.m. PST, November 7th to complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

  • Project Title*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • Synopsis* (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre* (Drama, Comedy, Documentary - select one from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 2, maximum 5)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (share a YouTube embed link)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB

Along with the above required items, you MUST submit at least 2 of the optional items from the following content options:

  • Interview Roster (applies to documentary projects only)
  • Character Breakdown
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Audience
  • Promotional Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION Once the intake period closes on November 9, 2016, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter the voting window. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria and for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to social voting for ONE DAY from 12:00 p.m. PST (NOON) November 16 – November 17 at 12:00 p.m PST (NOON). Community voters will be invited to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the Submission or Voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:

  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of November 24, 2016. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable}, Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have approximately 7 months to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (i.e. on or before 5p.m. (PST) on May 26, 2017 unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement)

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels. The Top 10 Projects with their finished Animation Shorts then move on to Phase 2 of the competition.

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Phase 2 voting will resume as the Top 10 projects, will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting window for 5 days from 12:00 p.m. (NOON) PST June 5, 2017 to 12:00 p.m PST (NOON) June 9, 2017. Following the voting window, projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Phase 1. Any attempts to engage in the aforementioned prohibited acts may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future competitions. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning project.

MODERATION After final voting all projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation").

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Award will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Awards will be announced during the week of June 15, 2017 Just as in Phase 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead, Animation Lead, and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

TELUS will work with the award winning Project Leads to discuss training which consists of customized career training, leading up to attendance at the 2017 Ottawa Animation Festival (includes an industry pass, hotel and lodging).

4. SCHEDULE OF MAIN EVENTS

Oct 17 - Nov 9, 2016 Intake Opens 3.5 Weeks
Nov 9 - Nov 15, 2016 Moderation #1 7 Days
Nov 16 - Nov 17, 2016 Online Voting Phase #1 ONE DAY
Nov 17 - Nov 22, 2016 Moderation #2 & Jury Deliberation 5 Days
Nov 24, 2016 Grant Award Announced 1 Day
Nov 14, 2016 - May 26, 2017 Production 7 Months
May 26, 2017 Delivery 1 Day
Jun 5 - Jun 9 , 2017 Online voting Phase #2 5 Days
Jun 9 - June 13, 2017 Moderation & Jury #2 4 Days
Jun 15, 2017 Top Awards Announced 1 Day

5. VOTING

After Moderation, the website will open up to public voting, during which registered STORYHIVE Creators and the community voters can cast votes to determine their favorite Animation Short. A total of five (5) votes will be available at the beginning of each day. Voters may cast a maximum of 1 vote towards one single Project per day.

Voting is subject to change in TELUS’s sole discretion, based on the number of Projects received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the voting results.

6. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS & TOP AWARD

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the voting results and the jury verdict. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of November 24, 2016. As for Phase 2, the Top Award will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although, the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Award will be announced the week of June 15, 2017.

7. CLAIMING A TOP PROJECT AWARD (SECURING A STORYHIVE GRANT)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. The Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. The project must be accompanied by a name of an Animation Lead
  3. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the submission was selected; and
  4. The process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead/Team (if applicable) agrees to abide by these Terms. In the event the Project Lead and/or Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the Website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; or the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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DIGITAL SHORTS: FEMALE DIRECTOR EDITION COMPETITION RULES

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called "STORYHIVE" to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Phase 1 of this online competition (the “Competition”), participants (“Project Leads”) submit a multi-media application for a Digital Short, with the name of a self-identified female director attached to the Project) (a “Project”) and, in with scheduled voting, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) to be eligible for one of 30 available $10,000 grants (15 from Alberta, 15 from British Columbia) from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”) with distribution on TELUS Optik TV on Demand. Finalists from Phase 1 of the Competition then move on to Phase 2 where they will compete for an additional Top Award (one in each province), which consists of customized career training, mentorship opportunities leading up to attendance at the Banff World Media Festival to help elevate their careers.

Projects Leads will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright to their finished Projects.

This is a two (2) phase competition for eligible Teams/Projects in British Columbia and Alberta. (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

PHASE 1, AUGUST 18 – OCTOBER 6, 2016
The 15 winning Projects per province (the “Top Projects”), 30 in total as determined by a combination of voting results and jury verdict, will be announced within 10 days of the scheduled voting. Each of the winning Project Leads will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to finalize their Grant and deliver their completed Project.

PHASE 2, OCTOBER 6 – FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Phase 2 continues with the Top 15 Projects, per province, following full technical delivery of the Digital Shorts. The Top Projects, will be announced following the end of the scheduled voting and jury. The winning teams will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award. This unique Competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities. It also encourages mentorship, skills development and real market experience that will allow emerging artists to take their careers to the next level.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, all Projects must be led by an eligible “Project Lead” who will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement. Each Project Lead must:

  1. be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older as of the Competition deadline;
  2. be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta;
  3. be a Citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  4. be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project and must enter into a TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement with TELUS; and
  5. not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, contractors, agents and representatives of TELUS, Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Excluded Individuals may participate in a Project as a principal artist, a background performer, and/or as a member of the video production crew, provided they are not the Project Lead.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

  1. the Project must have a self-identified female director attached
  2. must fall into one of the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental
  3. the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information), and must otherwise qualify for a G or PG rating;
  4. the Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project, must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below) (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into a Grant Agreement with TELUS;
  5. the Project must be a maximum of 10 minutes in length including any and all screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers and TELUS cards);
  6. the Project must be completed within 14 weeks of awarding (on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on January 16, 2017. (Note: all budget overages for the Project are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team);
  7. the Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online) Note: Submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats);
  8. the Project must not have been already shot and/or seeking completion funding. STORYHIVE will allow 15% of a Project to have previously been shot if it falls into the Documentary category, or on a case by case basis made on behalf of the Project Lead to TELUS;
  9. the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  10. where the Project must either be in English or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English

EXCLUSIONS:

In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applicants and project material are excluded from eligibility:

  1. Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services);
  2. Political organizations and candidates; and
  3. Advocacy or special interest groups

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS

STORYHIVE does not wish to unduly limit the types of content or applications that it funds, and applicants for all types of project proposals are encouraged to apply. However, the following are projects that are ineligible for the Digital Shorts – Female Director Edition of STORYHIVE.

  • Music Videos;
  • Animation;
  • Web Series
  • Episodic
  • Political, and/or issue driven documentaries;
  • Reality TV and docusoaps;
  • Video Game and other applications; and
  • Websites

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Phase 1, a total of 30 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD (15 in British Columbia and 15 in Alberta) and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"), including Air Canada’s Inflight Entertainment Systems. Project Leads will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Phase 2, the Top Project per province, as determined by community voting and a jury, will be announced within 10 days of the end of the scheduled voting. The winning Project will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant in each edition of the Competition. Female Directors can direct various projects.

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Join STORYHIVE by creating a profile within our Creator Directory. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PITCH + PLAN: You and your team have from 12:00 p.m. PST, August 18th, 2016 until 12:00 p.m. PST, September 12th to complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

  • Project Title*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • Synopsis* (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre* (select one from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 10)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (share a YouTube embed link)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB

Along with the above required items, you MUST submit at least 2 of the optional items from the following content options:

  • Interview Roster (applies to documentary projects only)
  • Character Breakdown
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Audience
  • Promotional Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION Once the intake period closes on September 12, 2016, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter the voting window. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria and for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to social voting for 5 days from 12:00 p.m. PST September 19 – September 23 PST at 12:00 p.m. Community voters will be invited to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the Submission or Voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:

  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of October 3, 2016. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable}, Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have fourteen (14) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (i.e. on or before 5p.m. (PST) on January 16, 2017 unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement)

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels. The Top 30 Projects per province with their finished pilots then move on to Phase 2 of the competition.

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Phase 2 voting will resume as the Top 30 projects, from each province, will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting window for 5 days from 12:00 p.m. PST February 6, 2017 to 12:00 p.m PST February 10, 2017. Following the voting window, projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Phase 1. Any attempts to engage in the aforementioned prohibited acts may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future competitions. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning project.

MODERATION After final voting all projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation").

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Awards, per province, will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Awards will be announced during the week of February 20, 2017 Just as in Phase 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead, self-identified female Director, and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

TELUS will work with the two award winning Project Leads to discuss needs when it comes to customized career training leading up to their participation in the Banff World Media Festival.

4. SCHEDULE OF MAIN EVENTS

Aug 18 - Sept 12, 2016 Intake Opens 3 Weeks
Sept 12 - Sept 16, 2016 Moderation #1 5 Days
Sept 19 - Sept 23, 2016 Online Voting Phase #1 5 Days
Sept 26 - Oct 4, 2016 Moderation #2 & Jury Deliberation 1 Week
Oct 6, 2016 Grant Award Announced 1 Day
Oct 6 - Jan 16, 2017 Production 14 Weeks
Jan 16, 2017 Delivery 1 Day
Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2017 Review and prep for VOD 2 Weeks
Feb 6 - Feb 10, 2017 Online Voting Phase #2 5 Days
Feb 10 - 21, 2017 Moderation & Jury #2 1 Week
Feb 23, 2017 Top Awards Announced 1 Day

5. VOTING

After Moderation, the website will open up to public voting, during which registered STORYHIVE Creators and the community voters can cast votes to determine their favorite Digital Short. A total of five (5) votes will be available at the beginning of each day. Voters may cast a maximum of 1 vote towards one single Project per day.

Voting is subject to change in TELUS’s sole discretion, based on the number of Projects received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the voting results.

6. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS & TOP AWARDS

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the voting results and the jury verdict. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of October 3, 2016. As for Phase 2, the Top Awards will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although, the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Awards will be announced the week of February 20, 2017.

7. CLAIMING A TOP PROJECT AWARD (SECURING A STORYHIVE GRANT)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. The Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. The project must be accompanied by a name of self-identified female Director
  3. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the submission was selected; and
  4. The process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead/Team (if applicable) agrees to abide by these Terms. In the event the Project Lead and/or Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the Website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; or the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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MUSIC VIDEOS: SMALL TOWN EDITION COMPETITION RULES.

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called STORYHIVE to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Phase 1 of this online Competition (the “Competition”), participants (“Project Leads” and/or “Teams”) submit a multi-media application for a Music Video (the “Project”) and compete to obtain, through a jury, one of 17 available $10,000 CAD grants (9 from British Columbia, 8 from Alberta) from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”). Finalists from Phase 1 of the Competition then move on to Phase 2 where they will compete for a residency scholarship to the esteemed Banff Centre, valued at $10,000.

Project Leads will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright to their finished Projects.

This is a two (2) phase Competition for eligible Teams and Projects from certain British Columbia and Alberta regions (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

PHASE 1, March 18 – June 22, 2016
The winning Projects per province (the “Top Projects”), 17 in total as determined by jury verdict, will be announced within two (2) weeks at the end of the scheduled application intake period. Each of the winning Project Leads will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to finalize their Grant and deliver their completed Project.

PHASE 2, June 28 – July 27, 2016
Phase 2 continues with the Top Projects, 17 in total, following full technical delivery of the Music Videos. The Top Award will be announced following the end of the scheduled voting and jury. The winning team will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their $10,000 residency scholarship for the Banff Centre.

This unique Competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities. It also encourages skills development that will allow emerging artists to take their careers to the next level.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, all Teams must be comprised of a musical performer or band or their legal representative (the “Musical Artist”) and a video producer (the “Producer”).

All Projects must be led by an eligible “Project Lead” who:

a.    has signed up on the STORYHIVE platform as a STORYHIVE Project Lead (as the term is defined on the STORYHIVE platform); and
b.    will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement (the “Grant Agreement”).

Each Project Lead must:

a.    be the age of majority in their province (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older as of the Competition deadline;
b.    be a resident of:

  • Vancouver Island,
  • Northern British Columbia,
  • North Okanagan,
  • South Okanagan,
  • Northern Alberta, or
  • Southern Alberta;

c.    not be a resident of:

  • Vancouver Lower Mainland (e.g., Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Hope, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Powell River, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock),
  • Greater Calgary (e.g., Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane, Didsbury, Okotoks, Strathmore, Airdrie), or
  • Greater Edmonton (e.g., Acheson, Beaumont, Devon, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Morinville, Namao, Sherwood Park, Slave Lake, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Stony Plain);

d.    be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada;
e.    be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project and must enter into a TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement with TELUS; and
f.     not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, contractors, agents and representatives of TELUS, Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Not withstanding the foregoing, excluded individuals may participate in a Project as a principal artist, a background performer, and/or as a member of the video production crew, provided they are not the Project Lead.

Eligible Musical Artists

  1. Musical Artists who are represented, signed to independent labels, have independent management or independent publishing contracts are all eligible to enter.
  2. Musical Artists with direct major label or major publishing agreements are also eligible to enter.
Each Musical Artist must:
a.    be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta;
b.    be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada; and
c.    be able to provide all necessary rights (including synchronization and master use rights) to the song to be used in the Project (the “Music”) and for distribution on TELUS platforms.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

a.    the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcast Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information), and must otherwise qualify for a G or PG rating;
b.    the Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project, must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below) (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into Grant Agreement with TELUS;
c.    the Project must be between 2 and 8 minutes in length, including any screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers);
d.    the Project must be completed within 7 weeks of awarding (on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on June 22, 2016). (Note: all budget overages for the Project are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team);
e.    the Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e., meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online) (Note: submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats);
f.    the Project must not have been already shot and/or seeking completion funding;
g.    the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network;
h.    where the Project Lead is not the Musical Artist, the Project Lead must demonstrate that they have consent from the Musical Artist to submit an application to the Competition using their Music; and
i.    where the Project is in another language, it must be either sub-titled or versioned into English.

EXCLUSIONS:
In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applications and Project material are excluded from eligibility:

a.    Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and support services);
b.    Political organizations and candidates; and
c.    Advocacy or special interest groups.

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Phase 1, a total of 17 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD (9 in British Columbia and 8 in Alberta) and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"). Teams will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Phase 2, the Top Award, as determined by community voting and a jury, will be announced within 10 days of the end of the scheduled voting. The Top Project will repeat the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their $10,000 residency scholarship to the Banff Centre. The residency is self-directed and includes accommodations, meals and the necessary facilities and/or equipment as needed. The Project Lead will coordinate with a representative from the Banff Centre to schedule the residency date and terms for the Team.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead/Team. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant in each edition of the Competition.

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Join STORYHIVE by creating a profile within our Creator Directory. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PARTNER + PITCH + PLAN:You and your project's other lead (we require a Music Lead and a Video Lead) have from 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST Friday, March 18, 2016 to 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST Friday, April 22, 2016, to complete your Submission (i.e., your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required:

  • Song Title*
  • Band/Artist Title*
  • Why this Artist/Band*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • About the Song* (enter text, maximum 350 characters)
  • Genre of Music* (select one from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 2, maximum 8)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • Video Sample* (share a YouTube embed link of a teaser, pitch video, prior music video by the director or artist, live video, or any other video that communicates your skill and/or intention as a director or artist.)
  • Project song* (share a SoundCloud link of a full recording of the song to be used in the Project, not a teaser or sample)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Budget*
  • Lyrics* (complete lyrics are required)
  • Detailed Creative Treatment*

Along with the above required items, you may submit the following content options for jury consideration:

  • Technical Treatment
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Marketing Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, Project Leads submit the application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION: Once the intake period closes on April 22, 2016, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter jury adjudication. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria for the Competition.

STEP 3: JURY: Eligible Projects will be evaluated by a jury of TELUS representatives and industry professionals who will select the Top 17 Projects to be funded by STORYHIVE.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of May 4, 2016. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and, if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have seven (7) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (i.e., on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on June 22, 2016, unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement).

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH:Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and on various social media channels. The Top 17 Projects with their finished music videos then move on to Phase 2 of the Competition.

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0:STORYHIVE will open social voting for 5 days from 12:00 p.m. PST July 18, 2016, to 12:00 p.m. PST July 22, 2016. Community voters will be invited to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Following the voting, Projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning Project.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the submission or voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:
  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

MODERATION 2.0 After final voting, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria (“Moderation”).

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Award will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Award will be announced during the week of July 25, 2016. Just as in Phase 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead, the Project and, if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule (TBD) as set out therein.

4. SCHEDULE FOR MAIN EVENTS

Mar 18 - Apr 22 Applications Open 5 Weeks
Apr 22 - Apr 28 Moderation #1 5 Days
April 29 Jury Deliberation 1 Day
May 1 - May 11 Top Project Announcement & Award Period 1 Week
May 4 - Jun 22 Production & Distribution 8 Weeks
Jun 23 - Jul 15 Review 3 Weeks
July 18 - July 22 Social Voting Window 5 Days
Jul 22 - Jul 25 Moderation #2 2 Days
July 26 Jury Deliberation #2 1 Day
Jul 29 - Aug 5 Top Award Announcement & Award Period 1 Week

5. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS

Selections for the Top Projects will be based a jury verdict, and will be announced the week of May 4, 2016.

6. VOTING

After Moderation 2.0, the website will open up to public voting, during which registered STORYHIVE Creators and the community voters can cast votes to determine their favourite Music Video. A total of five (5) votes will be available at the beginning of each day. Voters may cast a maximum of 1 vote towards one single Project per day.

Voting is subject to change in TELUS’ sole discretion. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the Voting Results.

7. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP AWARD

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the ‘social score’, public votes and jury deliberation. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Although the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Award will be announced the week of July 27, 2016.

8. CLAIMING TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DISTRIBUTION)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. the Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the Submission was selected; and
  3. the process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead and Team (if applicable) agree to abide by these Terms. In the event the Project Lead and/or Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

9. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all Submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this Competition and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.
If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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WEB SERIES PILOT COMPETITION RULES.

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called "STORYHIVE" to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Phase 1 of this online competition (the “Competition”), participants (“Project Leads”) submit a multi-media application for a Web Series Pilot (a “Project”) and, in with scheduled voting, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) to be eligible for one of 30 available $10,000 grants (15 from Alberta, 15 from British Columbia) from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”). Finalists from Phase 1 of the Competition then move on to Phase 2 where they will compete for an additional $50,000 CAD grant (one in each province), plus training and mentorship opportunities, and distribution on select TELUS platforms.

Projects Leads will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright to their finished Projects.

This is a two (2) phase Competition for eligible Projects from certain British Columbia and Alberta regions (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

PHASE 1, March 11 – July 27, 2016
The 15 winning Projects per province (the “Top Projects”), 30 in total as determined by a combination of voting results and jury verdict, will be announced within one (1) week at the end of the scheduled voting. Each of the winning Project Leads will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to finalize their Grant and deliver their completed Project.

PHASE 2, August 1 – January 2017
Phase 2 continues with the Top 15 Projects, per province, following full technical delivery of the web series pilots. The Top Projects, will be announced following the end of the scheduled voting and jury. The winning teams will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award. This unique Competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities. It also encourages mentorship and skills development that will allow emerging artists to take their careers to the next level.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, all Projects must be led by an eligible “Project Lead” who will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement. Each Project Lead must:

  1. be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older as of the Competition deadline;
  2. be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta;
  3. be a Citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  4. be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project and must enter into a TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement with TELUS; and
  5. not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, contractors, agents and representatives of TELUS, Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Excluded Individuals may participate in a Project as a principal artist, a background performer, and/or as a member of the video production crew, provided they are not the Project Lead.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

  1. the Project must fall into one of the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Animation;
  2. the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information), and must otherwise qualify for a G or PG rating;
  3. the Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project, must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below) (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into a Grant Agreement with TELUS;
  4. the Project must be a maximum of 10 minutes in length including any and all screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers and TELUS cards);
  5. the Project must be completed within 11 weeks of awarding (on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on July 27, 2016). (Note: all budget overages are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team);
  6. the Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online) Note: Submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats);
  7. the Project must not have been already shot and/or seeking completion funding. STORYHIVE will allow 15% of a Project to have previously been shot if it falls into the Documentary category, or on a case by case basis made on behalf of the Project Lead to TELUS;
  8. the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  9. where the Project must either be in English or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English.

EXCLUSIONS:

In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applicants and project material are excluded from eligibility:

  1. Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services);
  2. Political organizations and candidates; and
  3. Advocacy or special interest groups

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS

STORYHIVE does not wish to unduly limit the types of content or applications that it funds, and applicants for all types of Project proposals are encouraged to apply. However, the following are Projects that are ineligible for the web series pilot edition of STORYHIVE.

  • Music Videos;
  • Political, and/or issue driven documentaries;
  • Reality TV and docusoaps;
  • Video Game and other applications; and
  • Websites.

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Phase 1, a total of 30 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD (15 in British Columbia and 15 in Alberta) and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"). Project Leads will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Phase 2, the Top Project per province, as determined by community voting and a jury, will be announced within 10 days of the end of the scheduled voting. The winning Project will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their $50,000 CAD grant and work to deliver their full web series (an additional 5-7 episodes).

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant in each edition of the Competition.

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to the creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Join STORYHIVE by creating a profile within our Creator Directory. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PITCH + PLAN: You and your team have from March 11, 2016. PST until April 11 at 12:00 p.m. PST to complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via your Project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

  • Project Title*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • Synopsis* (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre* (Drama, Comedy, Documentary) (select one from the list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 10)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (share a YouTube embed link)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB

Along with the above required items, you MUST submit at least 2 of the optional items from the following content options:

  • Interview Roster
  • Character Breakdown
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Audience
  • Promotional and Marketing Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION Once the intake period closes on April 11, 2016, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter voting. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria and for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to social voting for 7 days from 12:00 p.m. PST April 18th, 2016, to 12:00 p.m. PST April 25, 2016. Community voters will be invited to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the Submission or Voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:

  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of May 2, 2016. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable}, Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have eleven (11) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (i.e. on or before 5p.m. (PST) on July 27, 2016 unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement).

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels. The Top 30 Projects with their finished pilots then move on to Phase 2 of the Competition.

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Phase 2 voting will resume as the Top 30 Projects, will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting for 5 days from 12:00p.m. PST August 8, 2016 to 12:00p.m PST August 12, 2016. Following the voting, Projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Phase 1. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning Project.

MODERATION After final voting all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation").

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Awards, per province, will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Awards will be announced during the week of August 15, 2016. Just as in Phase 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Telus will work with the two award winning Project Leads to discuss the creative and mentorship of the additional 5-7 additional web series, and create a new grant agreement reflecting a $50,000 contribution from TELUS to each Project for the creation of 5-7 additional episodes of their winning web series pilots.

Successful teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have until February 1st, 2017 to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS unless otherwise specified on the Grant Agreement.

STEP 8: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH 2.0: The finished Web Series Pilots may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels.

4. SCHEDULE OF MAIN EVENTS

March 11 - April 11 Announcements & Submissions Open 4 Weeks
April 11 - April 18 Moderation#1 6 Days
April 18 - April 25 Online Voting Phase #1 7 Days
April 26 - May 3 Moderation #2 & Jury Deliberation 8 Days
May 4 Grant Award Announced 1 Day
May 4 - July 27 Production 11 Weeks
July 28 - August 17 Review and prep for VOD 2 Weeks
August 8 - 12 Online Voting Phase #2 5 Days
August 15 - 16 Jury Deliberation #2 2 Days
August 17 Top Award Announcement 2 Days

5. VOTING

After Moderation, the website will open up to public voting, during which registered STORYHIVE Creators and the community voters can cast votes to determine their favorite web series pilot. A total of five (5) votes will be available at the beginning of each day. Voters may cast a maximum of 1 vote towards one single Project per day.

Voting is subject to change in TELUS’s sole discretion, based on the number of Projects received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the voting results.

6. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the voting results and the jury verdict. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of May 4, 2016. As for Phase 2, the Top Projects will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although, the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Projects will be announced the week of August 17, 2016.

7. CLAIMING TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DISTRIBUTION)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. the Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the submission was selected; and
  3. the process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead and Team (if applicable) agree to abide by these Terms. In the event any the Project Lead and Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the Website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this Competition and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; or the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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STORYHIVE DIGITAL SHORTS COMPETITION RULES.

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called "STORYHIVE" to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Phase 1 of this online Competition, participants (“Project Leads”) submit a multi-media application for a digital short (a “Project”) and, in a scheduled voting window, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) to be eligible for one of 30 available $10,000 grants (15 from Alberta, 15 from British Columbia) from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”). Finalists from Phase 1 of the Competition then move on to Phase 2 where they will compete to win one of two Top Awards, each consisting of customized career training and mentorship programs, a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival, and distribution on select TELUS platforms.

Teams will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright to their finished Projects.

This is a two (2) phase competition for eligible Teams/Projects from certain British Columbia and Alberta regions (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

PHASE 1, AUGUST – NOVEMBER 2015
The 15 winning Projects per province (the “Top Projects”), as determined by a combination of voting results and jury verdict, will be announced within one (1) week at the end of the scheduled voting window. Each of the winning Teams will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to finalize their Grant and deliver their completed Project.

PHASE 2, NOVEMBER 2015 – MARCH 2016
Phase 2 continues with the Top 15 Projects, per province, following full technical delivery of the digital shorts. The Top Projects, as determined by a Jury, will be announced following the end of the scheduled voting window. The winning team will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Top Award. This unique competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities. It also encourages mentorship and skills development that will allow emerging artists to take their careers to the next level.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, the Team and the Project (together, the “Submission") must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  1. A user who has signed up to join a Team on the STORYHIVE platform led by a STORYHIVE Project Lead as that term is defined on the STORYHIVE platform (a "Project Lead") who will act as the "Primary Applicant"; or
  2. A Project Lead who has chosen to apply as an individual.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements

  1. All Teams must be led by a Project Lead who will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement;
  2. Be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older as of the Competition deadline;
  3. Be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta;
  4. Be a Citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  5. All Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project and must enter into a TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement with TELUS; and
  6. May not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, agents and representatives of TELUS or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian Cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Excluded Individuals may participate in the submitted Project as a principal artist, a background performer, and/or as a member of the video production crew. For clarity, “employees” include contractors currently working with TELUS or another BDU. Contractors and employees of TELUS or another BDU may participate in the Project, provided they are not the Project Lead.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

The Project must fall into ONLY ONE of the following categories: Scripted (comedies, dramas, spoken word), Factual (live action, POV, biographies,) and Other (experimental, stop motion, animation, visual art, art house, video installation, dance etc.)

  1. The Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information);
  2. The Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into a Grant Agreement with TELUS; and(
  3. The Project must be between 2 and 10 minutes in length including any screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers and TELUS cards); and
  4. The Project must be completed within 11 weeks of awarding (on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on February 8, 2016). (Note: all budget overages for the Project are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team); and
  5. The Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online) Note: Submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats); and
  6. The Project Lead must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below; and
  7. The Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  8. Must fall into the applicable categories of eligible project categories,
  9. Where projects in another language are eligible provided they are or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English.
  10. Projects must adhere to broadcast standardsethics guidelines, any other relevant codes of acceptable content and fall within a G or PG rating.

EXCLUSIONS:

In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applicants and project material are excluded from eligibility:

  1. Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services);
  2. Political organizations and candidates; and
  3. Advocacy or special interest groups

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS

STORYHIVE does not wish to unduly limit the types of content or applications that it funds, and applicants for all types of project proposals are encouraged to apply. However, the following are projects that are ineligible for this edition of STORYHIVE.

  • Music Videos
  • Web Series
  • Episodic
  • Political, and/or issue driven documentaries
  • Reality TV and docusoaps
  • Video Game and other applications
  • Websites

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Phase 1, 30 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD (15 in British Columbia and15 in Alberta) and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"). Project Leads/Team will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Phase 2, customized career training and mentorship programs, a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival, and distribution on select TELUS platforms (“Top Award”), will be awarded to the Top Projects in BC and Alberta – two Top Awards will be granted – one for each province.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead/Team. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant per season of the Competition.

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Join STORYHIVE by creating a profile within our Creator Directory. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PITCH + PLAN: You and your team have from 12:00 p.m. PST Monday, August 26th, 2015 to 12:00 p.m. PST to, 12:00 p.m. PST Sunday October 11, 2015, to complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

  • Project Title*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • Synopsis* (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre* (select one from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 8)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (share a YouTube embed link)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB

Along with the above required items, you MUST submit at least 2 of the optional items from the following content options:

  • Interview Roster
  • Character Breakdown
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Audience
  • Promotional Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION Once the intake period closes on October 11, 2015, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter the voting window. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria and for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to a social voting window for 2 weeks from 12:00 p.m. PST October 26, 2015 to 12:00 p.m. PST November 9, 2015. Engage your networks and encourage the community to vote for their favourite STORYHIVE digital short. Community voters will be invited to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the Submission or Voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:

  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of November 18th 2015. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable}, Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Project Leads/Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have eleven (11) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (i.e. on or before 5p.m. (PST) on February 8, 2015 unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement)

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels. The Top 15 Projects per province with their finished pilots then move on to Phase 2 of the competition.

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Phase 2 voting will resume as the Top 15 projects, from each province, will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting window for one week from 12:00p.m. PST February 29, 2016 to 12:00p.m PST March 4, 2016. Following the voting window, projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Phase 1. Any attempts to engage in the aforementioned prohibited acts may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future competitions. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning project.

MODERATION After final voting all projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation").

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Projects, per province, will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Projects will be announced during the week of March 9, 2016. Just as in Phase 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Telus will work with Project Leads to design their customized career training, scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival and other applicable opportunities that may arise during the competition period that Telus deems applicable for the winning Top Projects.

STEP 8: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH 2.0: The finished Digital Shorts may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels.

4. SCHEDULE OF MAIN EVENTS

Aug 26 - Oct 11 Announcements & Submissions Open 6.5 Weeks
Oct 12 - Oct 16 Moderation #1 5 Days
Oct 26 - Nov 9 Online Voting Phase #1 2 Weeks
Nov 10 - Nov 16 Moderation #2 & Jury Deliberation 5 Days
Nov 18 - Nov 20 Grant Award Announced 3 Days
Nov 23 - Feb 8, 2016 Production 11 Weeks
Feb 9 - Feb 26, 2016 Review and prep for VOD 3 Weeks
Feb 29 - Mar 4, 2016 Online Voting Phase #2 1 Week
Mar 7 - Apr 8, 2016 Jury Deliberation #2 3 DAYS
Mar 9 - Mar 11, 2016 Top Award Announced 2 Days

5. VOTING

After Moderation, the website will open up to a public voting window, during which registered STORYHIVE Creators and the community voters can cast votes to determine their favorite digital short. A total of five (5) votes will be available at the beginning of each daily voting window. Voters may cast a maximum of 1 vote towards one single project per day.

Voting Windows are subject to change in TELUS1S sole discretion, based on the number of projects received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the Voting Results.

6. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the voting results and the jury verdict. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of November 18, 2015. As for Phase 2, the Top Projects will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although, the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Projects will be announced the week of March 9, 2016.

7. CLAIMING TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DISTRIBUTION)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. The Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the submission was selected; and
  3. The process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead/Team (if applicable) agrees to abide by these Terms. In the event the Project Lead and/or Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the Website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; or the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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STORYHIVE MUSIC VIDEOS COMPETITION.

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called STORYHIVE to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators (the “Competition”), and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through Stage 1 of this online Competition, participants (“Project Leads” and/or “Teams”) submit a multi-media application for a music video (the “Project”), and in a scheduled voting window, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) to attract one of 20 available $10,000 CAD grants from TELUS to produce their Project (the “Grant(s)” or the “Award(s)”). Finalists from Stage 1 of the Competition then move on to Stage 2 where they will compete for $20,000 for a music video grant (one in each province), $10,000 for a documentary grant (one in each province),plus a training and mentorship opportunity and distribution on select TELUS platforms. There will be one Stage 2 finalist from each province of British Columbia and Alberta.

Teams will retain the rights to their finished Projects, including copyright.

This is a two (2) stage competition for eligible Teams/Projects from certain British Columbia and Alberta regions (see “Eligibility” section below for details).

STAGE 1: April 2015 - June 2015
The 10 winning Projects per province (the “Top Projects”), as determined by a combination of voting results and jury verdict, will be announced within one (1) week at the end of the scheduled voting window. Each of the winning Teams will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their Grant and work to deliver their completed Projects.

STAGE 2 – JULY 2015 – NOVEMBER 2015
Stage 2 continues with the Top 10 projects, per province, following full technical delivery of the Music Videos. The Top Project per province, as determined by a Jury, will be announced following the end of the scheduled “Voting Window”. The winning team will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their $20,000 CAD and $10,000 CAD grants to deliver a second music video and short documentary respectively.
Successful Teams will be eligible for the Grant and eligible completed music video Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, the STORYHIVE website, social channels and/or any other TELUS platforms.
This unique competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant, the Team must be comprised of a musical performer or band or their legal representative (the “Musical Artist”) and a video producer (the “Producer”). The Team and the Project (together, the “Submission") must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Eligible Teams

Teams must consist of:

  1. A Project Lead (as defined below) who is either the Musical Artist or the Producer; and
  2. A “Project Lead”, who is a user who has signed up on the STORYHIVE platform as a STORYHIVE Project Lead (as that term is defined on the STORYHIVE platform) who will act as the primary applicant and accept responsibility for all the applicable rights and obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement (the “Grant Agreement”); and
  3. A Musical Artist who is able to provide all necessary rights (including synchronization and master use rights) to the song to be used in the Project (the “Music”) and potentially distributed on TELUS platforms as part of the Project; and
  4. Individuals supplementing the Project Lead, including other members of the band (if applicable) and/or the video production team; and
  5. A Musical Artist and a Producer who are: 1.) Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, AND 2.) Resident in British Columbia or Alberta.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements

  1. Be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration OR older as of the Competition deadline; and
  2. Be a resident of British Columbia or Alberta; and
  3. Be a Citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and
  4. May not be an individual associated with TELUS, including but not limited to the following (the “Excluded Individuals”): the employees, agents and representatives of TELUS or another broadcast distribution undertaking (a BDU) such as Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct or any other Canadian Cable or IPTV service provider, or any external partners of TELUS who enter into an agreement with TELUS to assist in any way with this Competition. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Excluded Individuals may participate in the submitted Project as a principal artist, a background instrumental or vocal performer, and/or as a member of the music video production crew. For clarity, “employees” include contractors currently working with TELUS or another BDU. Contractors and employees of TELUS or another BDU may participate in the Project, provided they are not the Project Lead.

Eligible Musical Artists

  1. Musical Artists who are unrepresented, signed to independent labels, have independent management or independent publishing contracts are all eligible to enter.
  2. Musical Artists with direct major label or major publishing agreements are also eligible to enter.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

  1. the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information);
  2. The Project Lead must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project (including synchronization and master use rights for the Music), and must enter into a Grant Agreement with TELUS; and
  3. The Project must be between 2 and 8 minutes in length including any screen credits (but not including STORYHIVE bumpers); and
  4. The Project must be completed within 8 weeks of awarding (on or before 5:00p.m. PST on July 17, 2015). (Note: all budget overages for the Project are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team); and
  5. The Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery for both video on demand and online. Note: Submitted videos must be in one of the High Definition formats); and
  6. The Project Lead must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for distribution of the Project on the TELUS Platforms (as that term is defined below); and
  7. The Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  8. Where the Project Lead is not the Musical Artist, the Project Lead must demonstrate that they have consent from the Musical Artist to submit an application to the Competition using their Music; and
  9. Where Projects are in another language, they are eligible provided that they are or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English.
  10. Projects must adhere to broadcast standardsethics guidelines, any other relevant codes of acceptable content and fall within a G or PG rating.

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Stage 1, 20 Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD (10 each in British Columbia and Alberta) and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"). Teams will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Stage 2, a $20,000 CAD and a $10,000 CAD Grant will be awarded to the Top Project in each province (a total of two (2) Top Projects, one each from BC/AB) to produce a second music video and a short documentary. Moreover, winning teams will receive a training and mentorship opportunity.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission is allowed per Project Lead/Team. On the STORYHIVE platform, creative team members may register to join more than one team; however the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the primary applicant per season of the Competition.

STAGE 1

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Join STORYHIVE by creating a profile within our Creator Directory. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PARTNER + PITCH + PLAN: You and your project's other lead (we require a Music Lead and a Video Lead) have from 12:00 p.m. PST Monday, April 6, 2015 to 12:00 p.m. PST Monday, April 27, 2015, to complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

  • Song Title*
  • Band/Artist Title*
  • Why this Artist/Band*
  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • Synopsis* (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre* (select one from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 8)
  • Grant Ask* (enter a dollar value, maximum $10K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (enter YouTube embed link)
  • Project song* (SoundCloud link)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Lyrics* (complete lyrics are required)

Along with the above required items, you MUST submit one (1) additional submission checklist item from the following content options:

  • Detailed Creative Treatment (will not be published on the site)
  • Technical Treatment (will not be published on the site)
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Marketing Plan

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

**MODERATION Once the intake period closes on April 27, 2015; all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter the voting window. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to a social voting window for 2 weeks from 12:00 p.m. PST May 4, 2015 to 12:00 p.m. PST May 18, 2015. Engage your networks and encourage the community to vote for their favourite STORYHIVE music video projects. Community voters will be invited to sign up to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the submission or voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:
  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of May 25, 2015. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable}, Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have ten (10) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to Telus (i.e. on or before 5p.m. (PST) on July 17, 2015 unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement)

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels. The Top 10 Projects per province with their finished pilots then move on to Stage 2 of the competition.

STAGE 2

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Stage 2 voting will resume as the Top 10 projects, from each province, will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting window for 8 days, from 12:00p.m. noon PST August 4 to 12:00p.m. noon PST August 12. Following the Voting Window, projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Stage 1. Any attempts to engage in the aforementioned prohibited acts may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future competitions. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning project.

MODERATION After the delivery date, of July 17, 2015, has passed all projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). The site then moves into a voting window from August 4, 2015 – August 12, 2015.

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Project, per province, will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Project will be announced during the week of August 17. Just as in Stage 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have fourteen (14) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (ie. on or before 5 p.m. (PST) on November 13, 2015 unless otherwise specified on the Grant Agreement.

STEP 8: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH 2.0: The finished Music Videos and Short Documentaries may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels

4. COMPETITION AND VOTING

Competition Schedule:

Apr 6 - Apr 27 Applications Open 2 Weeks
Apr 27 - May 3 Moderation 1 Week
May 4 - May 18 Social Voting Window 2 Weeks
May 18 - May 24 Post Voting Due Diligence 1 Week
May 25 - Jun 1 Announcement & Award Period 1 Week
May 25 - Jul 17 Production & Distribution 8 Weeks
July 17 - July 31 Moderation 2 Weeks
Aug 4 - Aug 12 Social Voting Window 8 Days
Aug 12 - Aug 17 Jury Deliberation 1 Week
Aug 17 - Aug 23 Announcement & Award Period 1 Week
Aug 24 - Nov 27 Production 16 Weeks

Voting:

After Moderation, the website will open up to a public voting window, during which registered STORYHIVE Teams who meet the eligibility requirements for voting can login and cast votes to help Projects advance. Registered community voters (i.e. users who sign up to become a community voter) will be allocated a total of ten (10) votes at the beginning of each voting window.

Voters can elect to cast up a maximum of five (5) of their votes for one Project or distribute votes amongst several Projects. Bonus votes may be earned by performing certain actions. For further information, see Bonus FAQs HERE.

Voting Windows are subject to change in TELUS' sole discretion, based on the number of Submissions received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the Voting Results.

5. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS

Selections will be based on the calculation and combination of the voting results and the jury verdict. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of May 25. As for Stage 2, the Top Project will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although, the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Project will be announced the week of August 17, 2015

6. CLAIMING TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DISTRIBUTION)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. the Project Lead must supply valid government-issued identification and/or proof of residency;
  2. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the Submission was selected; and
  3. the process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead and Team (if applicable) agree to abide by these Terms. In the event the Project Lead and/or Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all Submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this Competition and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.
If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

If you are successful with your Submission, Grant recipients may have their Project broadcast on the TELUS Optik TV On Demand service and will be required to sign a TELUS Optik Local Submission Release Agreement.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for: faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the website or any website feature, howsoever caused; the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Ownership. A Canadian-controlled company or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must own: (a) the master recording of the Music featured in the Project; and (b) the Project.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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STORYHIVE WEB-SERIES COMPETITION.

BY REGISTERING TO SUBMIT A PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the "TERMS").

TELUS Optik™ Local ("TELUS") has developed a digital funding platform called "STORYHIVE" to award grant funding and distribution to local content creators, and support the creation of locally-produced programming available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (via TELUS Optik Local / TELUS Community Television).

Through this online competition, participants (also referred to as “Project Leads” and/or “Teams”), submit a multi-media application for a pilot webisode (also referred to as “Project(s)”), and in a scheduled voting window, compete to garner crowd support (i.e. votes) to attract one of 15 available $10,000 CAD grants (per province) to produce their pilot from TELUS (“Grant(s)” or “Award(s)”). Finalists from Stage 1 of the competition then move on to Stage 2 where they will compete for a $50,000 CAD grant (one in each province), plus a training and mentorship opportunity and distribution on select TELUS platforms.

Teams will retain the rights to their finished productions, including copyright to their finished Projects.

This is a two (2) stage competition running in BC and Alberta for eligible teams/projects from Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Calgary.

STAGE 1
The 15 Top Projects per province, as determined by “Voting Results”, will be announced within one (1) week at the end of the scheduled “Voting Window”. Each of the winning Teams will then go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their $10,000 CAD grant and work to deliver their web series pilot.

STAGE 2
Stage 2 continues with the Top 15 projects, per province, following full technical delivery of the Web Series Pilots. The Top Project per province, as determined by a Jury, will be announced within one (1) week of the end of the scheduled “Voting Window”. The winning team will once again go on to the granting agreement process with TELUS to claim their $50,000 CAD grant and work to deliver their full web series (an additional 5-7 episodes).

Successful Teams will be eligible for the Grant and eligible finished productions may be featured on TELUS Optik TV on demand, the STORYHIVE website, social channels and/or any other TELUS platforms.

This unique competition empowers the community to support local content creation – connecting ideas, audiences and opportunities.

1. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant Award, the Team and the Project (together, the “Submission") must meet the following eligibility requirements.

Eligible Teams

Teams can either consist of:

  1. a user who has signed up to join a Team on the STORYHIVE platform led by a STORYHIVE Project Lead as that term is defined on the STORYHIVE platform (a "Project Lead") who will act as the "Primary Applicant"; or
  2. a Project Lead who has chosen to apply as an individual.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements

  1. all Teams must be led by a Project Lead who will act as the Primary Applicant and accept responsibility for the obligations under these Terms and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement;
  2. the Project Lead must be the age of majority in their province of residence (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older;
  3. the Project Lead must be a legal resident of Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton or Calgary and applicable surrounding areas (note: additional details regarding eligible regions can be found in the FAQs
  4. the Project Lead cannot be employed by TELUS or any other Broadcast Distribution Undertaking (a BDU such as Optik TV, TELUS Satellite TV, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct, or any other Canadian cable or IPTV (i.e. internet-protocol television) service provider; and
  5. all Teams must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title for the Project and must enter into a TELUS Community Programming Grant Agreement with TELUS.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:

  1. the Project must be in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (Please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information);
  2. the Project must be between 3 and 8 minutes including screen credits (Note: the Project should be a pilot webisode that supports the content arc / delivery of a full web series in order for it to be eligible to be chosen to advance to Stage 2);
  3. the Project must be completed within 12 weeks of awarding (on or before 5:00p.m. PST on March 2, 2015) (Note: all budget overages are the sole responsibility of the Project Lead and the Team);
  4. the Project must be in a format that can be delivered for distribution on IPTV and online (i.e. meet technical requirements for delivery both video on demand and online);
  5. the Project Lead must have all the rights, releases and clearances necessary for deployment of the Project on required TELUS Platforms;
  6. the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  7. Projects in another language are eligible provided they are or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English.

EXCLUSIONS:

In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applicants and project material are excluded from eligibility:

  1. Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services);
  2. Political organizations and candidates; and
  3. Advocacy or special interest groups

2. TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DESCRIPTION)

In Stage 1, fifteen (15) Top Projects will be awarded a Grant of $10,000 CAD in each province (a total of 30 Projects, 15 each in BC/AB) and a distribution opportunity. Upon technical delivery and acceptance by TELUS, finished Projects may be featured on TELUS Optik TV on demand, TELUS website(s), the STORYHIVE website and/or other TELUS platforms (together, the ''TELUS Platforms"). Teams will retain all the rights including copyright to their finished Projects.

With regards to Stage 2, a $50,000 CAD Grant will be awarded to the Top Project in each province (a total of two (2) Top Projects, one each from BC/AB) to produce your web series (an additional 5-7 episodes). Moreover, winning teams will receive a training and mentorship opportunity with the National Screen Institute.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There is no fee to participate. Only one (1) Submission per Project Lead/Team. On the STORYHIVE platform, Creative team members may register to join one team and the Project Lead can only lead one Project as the Primary Applicant per Season of the Competition. Off platform, team members are free to collaborate. .

STAGE 1

STEP 1: SIGN IN + BUILD YOUR CREATIVE PROFILE: Join STORYHIVE via the SIGN IN page. Once you sign up as a registered user of STORYHIVE, you will be asked to build your profile and be added to our creative directory. You will be asked to provide the necessary information about your skills, experience, required social links and optional sample or demo reel. You can browse the creative directory to view potential creative team members. Please note: only a user who has signed up as a Project Lead can submit an application for a Grant on STORYHIVE.

STEP 2: PITCH + PLAN: From 12:00 a.m. PST Tuesday, October 14, 2014 to 11:59 p.m. PST Monday, November 3, 2014, you (and optionally, your Team) must complete your Submission (i.e. your multi-media application/pitch package) via your project dashboard. All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required.

  • Logline* (enter text, maximum 120 characters)
  • Synopsis* (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre* (select one from list)
  • Topics* (select up to two from list)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 8)
  • Grant Ask* (click on $10K)
  • 2-minute pitch video* (share a YouTube embed link)
  • Project box art* (upload JPEG, PNG; 480 x 688 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Project title card* (upload JPEG, PNG; 1920 x 1080 pixels; maximum 6MB
  • Promotional Plan*

Along with the above required items, you MUST submit one (1) additional submission checklist item from the following content options:

  • Interview Roster or Character Breakdowns
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Audience

When you are finished uploading all of your required content items, your Project Lead can submit your application and will need to ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THE SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT.

MODERATION Once the intake period closes on November 3, 2014, all Projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). The site then closes applications and moves into a moderation window for a week from November 3 – November 9, 2014.

Only Projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined above will enter the Voting Window. TELUS shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Project meets the eligibility criteria for the Competition.

STEP 3: PROMOTE + VOTE: Eligible Projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open to a social voting window for three weeks from 12:00 a.m. PST November 10 to 11:59 p.m. PST December 1, 2014. Community voters will be invited to sign up to STORYHIVE to vote on their favourite Projects. The fifteen (15) Top Projects with the highest number of votes in each province will move on to the granting agreement process. Projects will then be moderated again and a period of one week will be given to the web development team to conduct due diligence.

NOTE ON GAMING / INELIGIBLE VOTING METHODS:

Any attempt to tamper with the Submission or Voting process, interfere with these Competition Terms, deliberately damage the Website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, in TELUS’ sole discretion (collectively referred to as “Prohibited Acts”), may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future Competitions. For further clarity, Prohibited Acts include, without limitation:

  1. One user with multiple Accounts – each user is permitted to have only one authorized STORYHIVE account. Users found to have more than one authorized STORYHIVE account to cast ineligible votes will be automatically disqualified from the Competition.
  2. Use of automated equipment - the use of any automated equipment to participate in this Competition is prohibited.
  3. Use of invalid voting procurement methods – the use of vote acquisition or vote exchange platforms (e.g. getonlinevotes.com) is prohibited.

STEP 4: AWARD + PRODUCE: Winners will be announced the week of December 8, 2014. If your Project is selected as a Top Project, you will be contacted by TELUS. TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable}, Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful Teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have twelve (12) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to Telus (i.e. on or before 5p.m. on March 2, 2015 unless otherwise specified in the Grant Agreement)

STEP 5: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH: Finished Projects may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels. The Top 15 Projects per province with their finished pilots then move on to Stage 2 of the competition.

STAGE 2

STEP 6: PROMOTE + VOTE 2.0: Stage 2 voting will resume as the Top 15 projects will be published and STORYHIVE will open for the second round of social voting window for two weeks, from 12:00 noon PST March 16 to 12:00 noon PST March 26. Following the Voting Window, projects will be moderated in accordance with due diligence, similarly to Stage 1. Any attempts to engage in the aforementioned prohibited acts may result in disqualifying applicants from this and future competitions. Public voting results will be considered during the Jury Deliberation, as one component of the winning project.

MODERATION After the delivery date, of March 2, 2015, has passed all projects will be moderated for eligibility against the aforementioned criteria ("Moderation"). The site then moves into a moderation window from March 2, 2015 - March 15, 2015.

STEP 7: DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE 2.0: The Top Project, per province, will be determined by a jury, who will heavily consider the public voting and social media scores, composed of social media activity, engagement and online views. Following jury deliberation, the Top Project will be announced on April 2, 2015. Just as in Stage 1, TELUS will verify the eligibility of your Project Lead and Project and if applicable, will provide you with a TELUS community programming grant agreement (the “TELUS Grant Agreement”) for review and signature. Following the full execution of the TELUS Grant Agreement and the receipt, acceptance and/or approval by TELUS, in its sole discretion, of any contractual pre-conditions (if applicable), Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein.

Successful teams that have completed the Grant Agreement will have fifteen (15) weeks to deliver their finished Projects to TELUS (ie. on or before 5 p.m. on July 19, 2015 unless otherwise specified on the Grant Agreement.

STEP 8: DISTRIBUTE + WATCH 2.0: The finished Web Series may be made available on TELUS platforms, community screenings and various social media channels.

4. COMPETITION AND VOTING

Competition Schedule:

Oct 14 - Nov 3 Applications Open 3 Weeks
Nov 4 - Nov 9 Moderation 1 Week
Nov 10 - Dec 1 Social Voting Window 3 Weeks
Dec 2 - Dec 7 Post Voting Due Diligence 1 Week
Dec 8 - Dec 15 Announcement & Award Period 1 Week
Dec 8 - Mar 2, 2015 Production & Distribution 12 Weeks
Mar 2 - Mar 15, 2015 Moderation 2 Weeks
Mar 16 - Mar 26, 2015 Social Voting Window 2 WEEKS
Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2015 Jury Deliberation 3 DAYS
Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2015 Announcement & Award Period 1 WEEK
Apr 2 - Jul 19, 2015 Production 15 WEEKS

Voting:

After Moderation, the Website will open up to a public Voting Window, during which registered STORYHIVE Teams who meet the Eligibility Requirements for Voting can login and cast votes to help Projects advance. Registered community voters (i.e. users who sign up to become a Community Voter) will be allocated a total of ten (10) votes at the beginning of each Voting Window.

Voters can elect to cast up a maximum of five (5) of their votes for one Project or distribute votes amongst several Projects. Bonus votes may be earned by performing certain actions. For further information, see Bonus FAQs HERE.

Voting Windows are subject to change in TELUS1S sole discretion, based on the number of projects received. Any updates to the voting schedule will be made available on the homepage of the Website.

All votes will be calculated algorithmically and used to determine the Voting Results.

5. SELECTION PROCESS OF TOP PROJECTS

Selections will be based on the calculation of the voting results from the Voting Window. To prevent unfair gaming of voting, TELUS will not publish specific data points for any given criteria. Top Projects will be announced the week of December 8, 2014. As for Stage 2, the Top Project will be determined by a combination of the ‘social score’, public votes, and jury deliberation. Although, the jury makes the final decision, they will be taking the social score and votes heavily into consideration. The social score is made up of various factors, including social media activity and online views. The Top Project will be announced the week of March 30, 2015.

6. CLAIMING TOP PROJECT AWARD (GRANT DISTRIBUTION)

In order to claim a Grant:

  1. each successful Team must designate an eligible recipient (e.g. Project Lead) for the Grant and supply proof ID and residency;
  2. TELUS must be able to reach your Project Lead by phone or email within fifteen (15) days of the date on which the submission was selected; and
  3. the process of signing a TELUS Grant Agreement must be completed within a reasonable period of time, as determined by TELUS in its sole discretion

Grant funds will be released in a drawdown schedule as set out therein in the Grant Agreement. By submitting a Project for consideration, each Project Lead and Team (if applicable) agree to abide by these Terms. In the event any the Project Lead and Team (if applicable) fails to comply with these Terms, TELUS reserves the right to disqualify the Project.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS

TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to verify all submissions. Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Terms, deliberately damage the Website or any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Competition, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and TELUS reserves the right, but not the obligation, to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying participants from this and future TELUS competitions.

Refusal of a Grant. The refusal by a potential or declared recipient of a Grant to accept the Grant awarded in accordance with the Terms shall release and forever discharge TELUS and its affiliated companies or related companies and their advertising and promotional agencies, contractors and service providers, and their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"), from any and all obligations related to the Grant.

Release. Each Project Lead and Team members hereby releases and holds harmless the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from their participation in the Competition.

Limitation of Liability. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to use the Website or any Website feature, howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; or the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer "hackers". The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm suffered directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Competition. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Website during the Competition or that it will be free of any errors.

Consent. By entering the Competition, each Project Lead and Team member consents to the use by TELUS of their names, city of residence, photograph, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment or compensation.

Modification. TELUS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Competition, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration of the Competition as provided in these Terms.

Impossibility to act due to Force Majeure. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Competition in accordance with these Terms in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Competition, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.

Decisions of TELUS. All decisions of TELUS and/or those of its representatives regarding this Competition are final and binding.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your Team, your Project or the Grants, or would like a hardcopy of these Terms mailed to you, please email us here: storyhive@telus.com

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Last Updated: June 2015


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