2018 Indigenous Edition

Reel representation.

Congratulations to the applicants of our first-ever Indigenous Storyteller Edition! 30 Indigenous filmmakers were awarded $20,000 to produce their projects with additional top-up funding from Creative BC for BC teams. 

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STORYHIVE provides production grants to creators in British Columbia and Alberta.


Oct 22, 2018 - Dec 4, 2018

Plan for your production and wow us with your application and pitch video.


Dec 5, 2018 - Jan 24, 2019

A team of industry experts and TELUS team members selects 30 projects to receive production funding, training and mentorship, and distribution support. Each awarded project will receive a $20,000 production grant. BC Projects will receive additional top-up funding from Creative BC.


Jan 25, 2019 - Jul 22, 2019

Each successful team will work with mentors to produce a project 3 - 10 minutes in duration. Projects will be featured on select TELUS platforms in Fall 2019. 

Edition Overview

The Indigenous Storyteller Edition is the beginning of an enduring investment in the careers of Indigenous creators residing in BC and Alberta. In this program, STORYHIVE will greenlight 30 Indigenous-led projects, selected by an all-Indigenous jury.

The design of this Edition was shaped by Indigenous creators who have been supported by STORYHIVE and TELUS and shared their feedback and experiences with an external consultant. Together, our goal is to facilitate a program that is culturally safe, empowering and relevant to the next generation of Indigenous creators.

Meet the Advisory Council

The development of the Indigenous Storyteller Edition is also supported by an Indigenous Advisory Council. This group was invited to represent a wide spectrum of Indigeneity, regional representation, industry experience, and generational diversity.

Tracey Kim Bonneau is a freelance journalist in print, radio and television. Her documentary series Quest OutWest Wild Food was nominated for four Leo Awards. She has supported capacity building, training and mentorship throughout Indigenous communities in British Columbia. In 2018, Tracey was awarded the Aboriginal Business Excellence Award from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce.
Rylan Friday is a multimedia storyteller, writer and producer. Rylan got his start in media producing radio documentaries about recovering from colonization and reconciliation. In 2015, Rylan directed two short films and in 2017, he became a founding member for the Indigenous International Film Festival. His goal is to bring LGBTQ2 and First Nations stories to the big screen.
Shady Hafez holds degrees in Indigenous Governance, Canadian Studies and Law. He is also an avid writer and commentator, whose commentary on issues around Indigenous identity, decolonization, nationhood, culture, health and politics has garnered the attention of the CBC, The Ottawa Citizen, and The David Suzuki Foundation.
Doreen Manuel is the sixth child of Grand Chief Dr. George Manuel and Marceline Manuel. Doreen is a graduate of the Aboriginal Film and Television Diploma Program at Capilano University. She has extensive background working in First Nations education and community development. Doreen is a partner with the Talent to Watch Telefilm Fund, through which she has been able to assist First Nations directors to produce their first feature films, and serves on the Board of Directors of Knowledge Network.

Jury Overview

The jury for this Edition is comprised of industry experts and TELUS team members, who are all Indigenous.