Guidelines

Overview

Music Video Edition

STORYHIVE Music Video Edition is a fund to support emerging creators in BC and Alberta to make music video content. Our mission is to foster and cultivate BC and Alberta talent and encourage collaboration across communities. 

Each winning Music Video idea will receive 1 of 30 X $10,000 production grants. The Top 30 Projects from BC & AB will then move on to the next Phase where the two Top Projects receive the Top Award aimed at providing training and mentorship. 

How it works

Music Video Edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / March 13 – April 14 (5 WEEKS)
  • Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their music video.
PROMOTE + VOTE / April 24 – May 1 (1 WEEK)
  • TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to decide which music videos get funded. The community also help by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / May 2 – July 21 (11 WEEKS)
  • A TELUS jury will select 30 projects in both British Columbia and Alberta and they will receive a $10K each to produce a music video (2-6 minutes).
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE  / July 24 – July 28 (4 DAYS)
  • On TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and On the Go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a round of voting
DELIBERATE + AWARD / July 28 – August 10 (13 DAYS)
  • Based on voting results, social score and professional evaluation, the STORYHIVE jury awards one lucky music video an additional Top Award aimed at providing training and mentorship. 

Eligibility

Eligible Team Members & Leads

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”).

Each Team's Project Lead must:
  1. be the age of majority in their province (British Columbia or Alberta) at the time of registration or older as of the Competition deadline;
  2. be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

Creators


FOR PRODUCERS/FILMMAKERS
You need to partner with a musical artist or band to create a team. You can also add other content creators to your team. Any one of you can be the Project Lead.
FOR MUSICIAN/PERFORMER/BAND
You need to partner with a filmmaker/video director/content creator to create a team. You can also add other content creators to your team. Any one of you can be the Project Lead.

Is any band or musician eligible?

Any Canadian musical artist, residing in BC or Alberta is eligible. There are no restrictions based on level of success, recordings, management, etc.

Is any song/track/piece of music eligible?

Yes, as long as it meets the CRTC standards for broadcast.

Are cover songs eligible?

Yes, as long as the Master was produced in Canada and is owned by a Canadian-controlled company.

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
  • VIDEO LENGTH:  Minimum 2 and Maximum 6 minutes 
  • FORMAT: HD or 4K
  • CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
  • DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. July 10, 2017.
  • CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with OptikTM Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
  • Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile 

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. All fields marked with an asterix (*) 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)
•  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
•  Marketing Plan
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
• PITCH VIDEO* 
  Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support  your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
• PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full  size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• LYRICS* 
• DETAILED CREATIVE TREATMENT* 
• OPTIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
  Submit any of the content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
•  Technical Treatment: this will never be made public but may give the jury some insight into your video.
•  Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•  Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•  Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•  Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team 

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00 noon PST on Monday, July 10, 2017. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.

Voting

Jury and Voting

For this edition Phase 1 voting happens from April 24 to May 1, 2017 and Phase 2 voting happens from July 24 to July 28, 2017
Once the grants are awarded, the recipients go into production to complete their music videos. All the finished music videos are posted and Phase 2 voting starts. 

When does voting happen?
For this edition voting happens from April 24 - May 1, 2017
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.
Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.
How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favourite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favourites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.

Team

Team Members

A team must be made up of a musical artist(s) and a producer. Each Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role is to be filled by a self-identified female creator. We do not require the name of the female creator or that they are a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a female fulfill one of the eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Musical Artist (for Music Video applications only), and Head Animator and Storyboard Artist (for Animation applications only).

Teams must consist of:
a.    A Project Lead (as defined here) who is either the Musical Artist or the Producer; and
b.    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 the Competition Rules and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement (the “Grant Agreement”); and
c.    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
d.    Individuals supplementing the Project Lead, including other members of the band (if applicable) and/or the video production team; and
e.    A Musical Artist and a Producer who are: 1.) Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, AND 2.) Resident in British Columbia or Alberta.
Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.
 

Guidelines

Overview

100K Edition

STORYHIVE is for British Columbia and Alberta based content creators – – to conceive and pitch their ideas. 

The 100K Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning April 17th, 2017.

Each winning program idea gets UP TO $100K in production grants.

Additionally, each winning program in BC will be eligible to receive a top up grant from Creative BC of up to $20,000.  This additional grant will be contracted separately with Creative BC. To be eligible, the winning BC applicants must have a majority of issued common voting shares held by BC residents.

This edition of STORYHIVE is a NON-VOTING edition.  All awards will be determined by a jury. 

How it works

100K Edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / April 17 - June 5th (7 WEEKS)
  • Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their program concept.
JURY REVIEW + AWARD/ June 5th - August 1st,  (8 WEEKS)
  • The STORYHIVE Jury reviews all applications and decides on the final slate of projects in British Columbia and Alberta that will receive up to $100K each to produce their program.
PRODUCE + DELIVER / August 1st - May 31st, 2018 (10 months)
  • After execution of their grant agreements, successfully awarded projects receive their first payments and begin production of their programs, through to final delivery to STORYHIVE on May 31st, 2018.
*for planning purposes, note that first payments are only made AFTER September 1st to coincide with the start of STORYHIVE’s new broadcast year.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

This edition of STORYHIVE is aimed at creators who are emerging or mid-level in terms of experience. To qualify, applicants must either:
  1. Have at least two production credits (as producer); or
  2. Be a STORYHIVE Project Lead alumni (have received a STORYHIVE grant in the past) or
  3. Have received at least 1 grant from the TELUS Optik Local fund 
Please note that STORYHIVE is funded under the CRTC’s Local Programming guidelines. These guidelines restrict us from providing funding to certain media professionals who are already working within the traditional broadcast system. In order to confirm eligibility, applicants must not have received a broadcast license from a Canadian broadcaster in the last three years.

The Project Lead must have an Incorporated Company for the purpose of contracting their grant.

ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS


Types of programs that are eligible for the 100K Edition:

Genre: Scripted, non-scripted or Animation
Format:
  • Web series (total runtime of all episodes combined must be greater than 30 minutes)
  • One-off films (more than 30 minutes and under 60 minutes)

INELIGIBLE CATEGORIES

Ineligible Project Categories:  
  • Music Videos
  • Political, and/or issue-driven documentaries
  • Reality TV and docusoaps
  • Video games and other applications
  • Websites

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
  • VIDEO LENGTH:  One-off or series, total running time no less than 30 minutes 
  • FORMAT: 4K or HD
  • CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
  • DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. May 31, 2018.
  • CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with OptikTM Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
  • Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile 

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period.
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, Experimental)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes)
  • Grant Ask* (enter amount requested)
  • 60 second pitch video* (enter 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)
  • Draft Script or Treatment (scripted projects only)
  • Detailed Pitch Document in PDF format containing: Project synopsis / Audience and Promotional Strategy / Resumes - Writer, Director, Producer
Along with the above required items, you may also submit additional items from the following list:
  • Confirmed/Tentative Subjects (documentary)
  • Character Breakdowns (scripted)
  • Community Relevancy of the project
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
• PITCH VIDEO* 
  Who are you, and why is this project important to you?  Create a short pitch video to showcase how getting funded for your program will support the development of your career.  Be creative! How will this video help your pitch stand out from the crowd? Provide a YouTube embed link.
• PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
 Submit additional content items from the list below if they are available. 
  • Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
  • Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
  • Community Relevancy: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?

Team

5) Build your Team 

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00 noon PST on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Team

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead, who is applying for the grant and owns the content.  The Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role is to be filled by a self-identified female creator. We do not require the name of the female creator or that they are a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a female fulfill one of the eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Musical Artist (for Music Video applications only), and Head Animator and Storyboard Artist (for Animation applications only).

Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.
 

Guidelines

Overview

Music Video Small Town Edition

STORYHIVE Music Videos: Small Town Edition is a fund to support emerging creators in BC and Alberta to make music video content. Our mission is to foster and cultivate small town talent and encourage collaboration across communities. 

STORYHIVE Music Videos: Small Town Edition is launching in the following regions in British Columbia and Alberta beginning March 18, 2016:
  • Vancouver Island,
  • Northern British Columbia,
  • North Okanagan,
  • South Okanagan,
  • Northern Alberta, and
  • Southern Alberta.
We were so impressed by the small town talent that we're funding 3 additional projects for a total of 17 projects! Each winning Music Video idea will receive 1 of 17 X $10,000 production grants. The Top 17 Projects from BC & AB will then move on to the next Phase where one Project receives the Top Award: a residency scholarship to the esteemed Banff Centre, valued at $10,000. 

How it works

Music Video Small Town Edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / March 18 – April 22 (5 WEEKS)
• Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their music video.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / April 22 – June 22 (8.5 WEEKS)
• A TELUS jury will select 17 projects in both British Columbia and Alberta and they will receive a $10K each to produce a music video (2-8 minutes).
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE  / July 18 – July 22 (5 DAYS)
• On TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and On the Go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a round of voting
DELIBERATE + AWARD / July 25 – July 27 (3 DAYS)
• Based on voting results, social score and professional evaluation, the STORYHIVE jury awards one lucky music video an additional Top Award: a $10,000 residency scholarship to the Banff Centre. 

Eligibility

Eligible Team Members & Leads

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”).

Each Team's 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.

Creators


FOR PRODUCERS/FILMMAKERS
You need to partner with a musical artist or band to create a team. You can also add other content creators to your team. Any one of you can be the Project Lead.
FOR MUSICIAN/PERFORMER/BAND
You need to partner with a filmmaker/video director/content creator to create a team. You can also add other content creators to your team. Any one of you can be the Project Lead.

Is any band or musician eligible?

Any Canadian musical artist, residing in BC or Alberta is eligible. There are no restrictions based on level of success, recordings, management, etc.

Is any song/track/piece of music eligible?

Yes, as long as it meets the CRTC standards for broadcast.

Are cover songs eligible?

Yes, as long as the Master was produced in Canada and is owned by a Canadian-controlled company.

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
VIDEO LENGTH:  Minimum 2 and Maximum 8 minutes 
FORMAT: HD
CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. June 22, 2016.
CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with OptikTM Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile 

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. All fields marked with an asterix (*) 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
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
• SAMPLE VIDEO* 
  Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Share a YouTube embed link of a teaser, pitch video, prior music video by the director or artist, or live video of the artist
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
• PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full  size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• LYRICS* 
• DETAILED CREATIVE TREATMENT* 
• OPTIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
  Submit any of the content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
•  Technical Treatment: this will never be made public but may give the jury some insight into your video.
•  Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•  Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•  Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•  Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team 

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00noon PST on Friday, April 22, 2016. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.

Voting

Jury and Voting

Different from past STORYHIVE Editions, a Jury determines the Phase 1 grant recipients. The Jury is made up of various music and film industry professionals. The Jury awards grants based on (but not limited to) the quality of the project, the past work of the applicants, and the strength of the idea put forth for the music video. Although past popularity of the team and musicians may play a part in the Jury’s decision, the strength of the entry and ties to the community are the biggest influencers of their decision. 

Once the grants are awarded, the recipients go into production to complete their music videos. All the finished music videos are posted and Phase 2 voting starts. 

When does voting happen?
For this edition voting happens from July 18 – 22, 2016
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.
Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.
How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favourite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favourites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.

Team

Team Members

A team must be made up of a musical artist(s) and a producer. It’s optional if you want to gather a crew. Remember, attaching a team to your project can help you complete the application requirements.

Teams must consist of:
a.    A Project Lead (as defined here) who is either the Musical Artist or the Producer; and
b.    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 the Competition Rules and, if applicable, under the terms of the TELUS Community Programing Grant Agreement (the “Grant Agreement”); and
c.    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
d.    Individuals supplementing the Project Lead, including other members of the band (if applicable) and/or the video production team; and
e.    A Musical Artist and a Producer who are: 1.) Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, AND 2.) Resident in British Columbia or Alberta.
Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.
f.    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)
 

Guidelines

Overview

STORYHIVE Immersive Edition

STORYHIVE is for content creators based in BC and Alberta, including filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators. The new Immersive Edition of STORYHIVE marks our first time funding VR storytelling.

British Columbia and Alberta creators can apply beginning December 18, 2017, and ending with the deadline for intake January 29, 2018. Each winning immersive pitch will receive one of ten x $40,000 grants to be used to produce two pieces of content: an 360 VR film (the “Immersive Project”) and a linear, fixed-frame digital short (the “Linear Project”). Both pieces are to be packaged to complement each other and must share the same or similar story and subject matter. 

What is Immersive?
We are looking for Immersive Projects that are rich in story - think story first, platform second. Successful Immersive Projects will leverage the 360 immersive experience to enrich the narrative. Great pitches will provide a reason for a viewer to “be in” the environment of your story. The viewer should feel like they are a part of the story and narrative. Consider treating your 360 production like a teleportation device where the 360 camera is an audience member, a real person, and then expose the viewer to interesting characters and engaging worlds. 

Can my project be interactive?
We are not accepting projects with responsive or “gaming” components, where users can interact with the content. While these are great, YouTube does not currently support interactive elements.

Distribution of Content
Linear Projects will be distributed on TELUS Optik TV On Demand and on the STORYHIVE Youtube Channel.

Immersive Projects will need to be distributed on the STORYHIVE YouTube Channel only. Here are the technical specifications for uploading 360 videos to Youtube

How it works

STORYHIVE Immersive Edition:

PITCH + PLAN / December 18, 2017 - January 29, 2018 (7 Weeks)
  • Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for the Immersive Edition.
ADJUDICATE + AWARD / January 29 - February 19, 2018 (3 Weeks)
  • The Immersive Edition is a non-voting edition. Because of this TELUS STORYHIVE will moderate all submitted projects, and then together with a jury, award ten projects grant funding. Each awarded project will receive a $40,000 production grant to produce both the Immersive and companion Linear projects.
PRODUCE / Feb 20 - Aug 7, 2018 (5.5 Months)
  • Winning projects will be announced the week of February 19, 2018. Delivery of both the Immersive project and companion Linear projects are due August 7, 2018.
  • Both the Immersive project and companion Linear projects will be available for viewing on YouTube. The Linear project will also be distributed on TELUS Optik TV On Demand (VOD). 

Eligibility

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be Immersive edition project on STORYHIVE and receive a grant:
  • IMMERSIVE LENGTH: Minimum 3 minutes and Maximum 5 minutes.
  • LINEAR LENGTH: Minimum 3 and Maximum 10 minutes
  • FORMAT: 4K Minimum for Immersive, HD for Linear
  • DISTRIBUTION: Final Immersive Projects will be available on the STORYHIVE YouTube channel. Linear will be available on the STORYHIVE YouTube channel and TELUS OPTIK TV on Demand. 
  • FEMALE CREATIVE: Projects must declare a self-identified female person in at least one of the following key creative roles: Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Head Animator (for Animation applications only), Storyboard Artist (for Animation projects only), Editor, Composer, or Production Designer.
  • NON-BROADCAST: Applicants must not have received a broadcast license from a Canadian broadcaster in the last three years.
  • CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
  • DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00pm PST August 7, 2018.
  • CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with Optik™ Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules.
 

Eligible Categories

Projects should fall into the following three categories:
  • Scripted
    • Comedy 
    • Drama  
  • Factual
    • Documentary 
  • Other
    • Animation 
    • Music Video 
    • Dance

Ineligible Categories

While STORYHIVE does not wish to unduly limit the types of content that it funds, and applicants for all types of Project proposals are encouraged to apply. However, the following are projects are ineligible for the Immersive Edition of STORYHIVE funding:
  • Experimental concepts
  • Political, and/or issue driven documentaries;
  • Reality TV and docusoaps;
  • Video Game and other applications; and
  • Websites;
  • Projects intending to shoot more than 25% of shoot days or use 25% of the budget outside of BC or Alberta.

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide your address 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your Immersive and Linear projects and is published on your project page. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. 
All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required:
  • Project Title*
  • Logline* (enter text for both Linear and Immersive Projects maximum 240 characters total)
  • Synopsis* (enter text for both Linear and Immersive Projects, maximum 800 characters total)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Category* (select one from Scripted, Factual, Music Video, Dance, or Animation)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length of Linear Digital Short Project* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 10)
  • Target Length of Immersive 360 VR Project *(enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 5)
  • Grant Ask* (enter dollar value, maximum $40K)
  • 60 second pitch video* (enter 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
  • Production Design* for the Immersive Project
Along with the above required items, you MUST submit two (2) additional submission checklist items from the following content options:
  • Interview Roster
  • Character Breakdown
  • Audience
  • Community Connections
  • Promotional Plan
  • Storyboard
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
•  PITCH VIDEO (60-SECOND MAX* 
Who are you? What is your story idea? Why do we care? Why does your story warrant being an immersive piece? From a story perspective how will you be linking both pieces of content? Create a short pitch video that passionately answers these questions. Provide a YouTube embed link.
  • Be creative, passionate, and clear. Our moderators will be looking specifically at this as one of the key elements of your pitch. Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
•  PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
  • Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
  • You must have rights to use the image.
  • The image must include your project title.
    • IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card should be displayed at its full size (1920 x 1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
  • Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
  • You must have rights to use the image.
  • The image must include your project title. 
  • When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PRODUCTION DESIGN*
Share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for this item.
•  x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
  • Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
  • Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
  • Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
  • Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
  • Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
  • Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 

To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ 

Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00pm noon, January 29, 2018. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.
 

Teams

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead who is applying for the grant. Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

100K Edition

STORYHIVE is for British Columbia and Alberta based content creators – – to conceive and pitch their ideas. 

The 100K Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning April 17th, 2017.

Each winning program idea gets UP TO $100K in production grants.

Additionally, each winning program in BC will be eligible to receive a top up grant from Creative BC of up to $20,000.  This additional grant will be contracted separately with Creative BC. To be eligible, the winning BC applicants must have a majority of issued common voting shares held by BC residents.

This edition of STORYHIVE is a NON-VOTING edition.  All awards will be determined by a jury. 

How it works

100K Edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / April 17 - June 5th (7 WEEKS)
  • Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their program concept.
JURY REVIEW + AWARD/ June 5th - August 1st,  (8 WEEKS)
  • The STORYHIVE Jury reviews all applications and decides on the final slate of projects in British Columbia and Alberta that will receive up to $100K each to produce their program.
PRODUCE + DELIVER / August 1st - May 31st, 2018 (10 months)
  • After execution of their grant agreements, successfully awarded projects receive their first payments and begin production of their programs, through to final delivery to STORYHIVE on May 31st, 2018.
*for planning purposes, note that first payments are only made AFTER September 1st to coincide with the start of STORYHIVE’s new broadcast year.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

This edition of STORYHIVE is aimed at creators who are emerging or mid-level in terms of experience. To qualify, applicants must either:
  1. Have at least two production credits (as producer); or
  2. Be a STORYHIVE Project Lead alumni (have received a STORYHIVE grant in the past) or
  3. Have received at least 1 grant from the TELUS Optik Local fund 
Please note that STORYHIVE is funded under the CRTC’s Local Programming guidelines. These guidelines restrict us from providing funding to certain media professionals who are already working within the traditional broadcast system. In order to confirm eligibility, applicants must not have received a broadcast license from a Canadian broadcaster in the last three years.

The Project Lead must have an Incorporated Company for the purpose of contracting their grant.

ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS


Types of programs that are eligible for the 100K Edition:

Genre: Scripted, non-scripted or Animation
Format:
  • Web series (total runtime of all episodes combined must be greater than 30 minutes)
  • One-off films (more than 30 minutes and under 60 minutes)

INELIGIBLE CATEGORIES

Ineligible Project Categories:  
  • Music Videos
  • Political, and/or issue-driven documentaries
  • Reality TV and docusoaps
  • Video games and other applications
  • Websites

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
  • VIDEO LENGTH:  One-off or series, total running time no less than 30 minutes 
  • FORMAT: 4K or HD
  • CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
  • DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. May 31, 2018.
  • CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with OptikTM Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
  • Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile 

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period.
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, Experimental)
  • Target Audience* (select one from list)
  • Target Length* (enter minutes)
  • Grant Ask* (enter amount requested)
  • 60 second pitch video* (enter 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)
  • Draft Script or Treatment (scripted projects only)
  • Detailed Pitch Document in PDF format containing: Project synopsis / Audience and Promotional Strategy / Resumes - Writer, Director, Producer
Along with the above required items, you may also submit additional items from the following list:
  • Confirmed/Tentative Subjects (documentary)
  • Character Breakdowns (scripted)
  • Community Relevancy of the project
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
• PITCH VIDEO* 
  Who are you, and why is this project important to you?  Create a short pitch video to showcase how getting funded for your program will support the development of your career.  Be creative! How will this video help your pitch stand out from the crowd? Provide a YouTube embed link.
• PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
 Submit additional content items from the list below if they are available. 
  • Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
  • Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
  • Community Relevancy: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?

Team

5) Build your Team 

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00 noon PST on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Team

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead, who is applying for the grant and owns the content.  The Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role is to be filled by a self-identified female creator. We do not require the name of the female creator or that they are a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a female fulfill one of the eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Musical Artist (for Music Video applications only), and Head Animator and Storyboard Artist (for Animation applications only).

Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.
 

Guidelines

Overview

STORYHIVE Digital Shorts Edition

STORYHIVE is for all Content Creators based in British Columbia and Alberta – filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Digital Shorts Edition of STORYHIVE.

2018 STORYHIVE Digital Shorts Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning February 26, 2018.

Each successful Digital Shorts Project is eligible to receive one of 40 available $10,000 production grants (available to BC and Alberta residents only) from TELUS to produce their Project. The 40 successful projects will also receive distribution on select TELUS platforms, and the producing teams will receive mentorship and training.

How it works

STORYHIVE Digital Shorts Edition:

PITCH + PLAN / February 26, 2018 – March 19, 2018
  • Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their Digital Short.
PROMOTE + VOTE /  April 3  - April 6, 2018
  • TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to help decide which Digital Shorts get funded. The community also helps by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks. The number of votes each Project garners will be one of several factors considered by the jury when selecting the successful Projects.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE​ / April 9, 2018 - August 7, 2018
  • The 40 successful projects will be eligible to receive $10K each to produce a Digital Short.

Eligibility

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Digital Short Edition project on STORYHIVE and receive a grant:
  • VIDEO LENGTH: Minimum 3 minutes and Maximum 10 minutes
  • FORMAT: HD (submitting a 4K version in addition is optional)
  • CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
  • DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 pm PST, Aug 7, 2018.
  • CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with TELUS STORYHIVE. You must have the rights to all the music (including synchronization and master use rights) and all other material, performances, etc. in your Project.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in the 2018 Digital Shorts Submission Rules
 

Eligible Categories

Projects should fall into the following three categories:
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Documentary

Ineligible Categories

While STORYHIVE does not wish to limit the types of content or applications that it funds, the following are projects that are ineligible for the 2018 STORYHIVE Digital Shorts Edition:
  • Music Videos;
  • Web Series;
  • Episodic;
  • Political, and/or issue-driven documentaries;
  • Reality TV and docusoaps;
  • Video Game and other applications; and
  • Websites.

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters).
o  Provide your contact phone number.
o  Provide your address. 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project which is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period.
The following information is required:
  • Project Title
  • Logline (enter text, maximum 120 characters total)
  • Synopsis (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre (Drama, Comedy, Documentary)
  • Target Audience (select one from list)
  • Target Length (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 10)
  • Grant Ask (confirm $10K grant ask)
  • Max 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 two (2) additional items from the following content options:
  • Interview Roster (only for documentary projects)
  • Character Breakdowns (only for fictional projects) 
  • First draft screenplay or treatment (only for fictional projects) 
  • Target Audience information
  • Community Connections
  • Production Design
  • Storyboards
  • Promotional Plan

Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
•  MAX 60 SECOND PITCH VIDEO (share a YouTube embed link)
Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
  • Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
  • Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
•  PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
  • Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
  • You must have rights to use the image.
  • The image must include your project title.
    • IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card should be displayed at its full size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
  • Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
  • You must have the rights to use the image.
  • The image must include your project title. 
  • When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS 
Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a video up to 2 minutes long OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
  • Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
  • Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
  • First draft Screenplay or treatment: for fictional projects, share the first draft of your script or treatment. This is not your final draft. Projects that receive funding will also be provided with mentorship for your next draft. Your screenplay or treatment will not appear on your public page.
  • Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community? In what city or town is your project being produced?
  • Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
  • Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
  • Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
  • Promotional Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a marketing strategy to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team

Documentation

6) Complete the Documentation for your application​ 

To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ 

All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of noon (12:00 pm) PST on March 19, 2018. Please take the time to review your application and ensure that you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.

No materials may be submitted after the deadline.

 

Voting

Voting Details


When does voting happen?
For this edition voting happens from April 3 at noon (12:00 pm) PST to April 6, 2018 at 12 noon PST.


Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.


Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.


How does voting work?
  • Community votes help determine which projects receive grants. The number of votes each Project garners will be one of several factors considered by the jury when selecting the successful Projects. 
  • When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
  • You can choose to support one project or several.
  • You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favourite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favourites.
  • You must cast your votes during the voting period.
  • When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.

Teams

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead who is applying for the grant and owns the content. The Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role will be filled by a self-identified female. We do not require their name or that they be a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a self-identified female fulfill one of the following eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Head Animator (for Animation applications only), Storyboard Artist (for Animation projects only), Editor, Composer, Production Designer. 

Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

STORYHIVE Documentary Edition

STORYHIVE is for all Content Creators based in British Columbia and Alberta – filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Documentary Edition of STORYHIVE.

2018 STORYHIVE Documentary Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning May 28, 2018.

Each successful Documentary Project is eligible to receive one of 30 available $50,000 production grants (available to BC and Alberta residents only) from TELUS to produce their Project. The 30 successful projects will also receive distribution on select TELUS platforms, and the producing teams will receive mentorship and training.

STORYHIVE considers a documentary to be an original work of non-fiction, primarily designed to inform but that may also educate and entertain. Additionally, it must represent fair and balanced views on a topic.
50% of the selected projects will be determined by votes from the community and 50% will be selected by a jury.
All projects submitted will be eligible to receive votes and will also be eligible to be reviewed by a jury.

Before applying to the Documentary Edition, please be sure to read the Submission Rules.

How it works

STORYHIVE Documentary Edition:

PITCH + PLAN / May 28, 2018 – July 3, 2018
  • Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their Documentary Project.
PROMOTE + VOTE /  July 30, 2018 - August 2, 2018
  • TELUS publishes the applications online and votes from the community determine 50% (15) of the Documentary Projects that will receive funding. The community also helps by sharing their favourite projects. 
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE​ / August 6, 2018 - May 31, 2019
  • The other 50% (15) of projects will be selected by a jury. All 30 successful projects will then be eligible to receive $50K each to produce a 15-20 minute documentary. 

Eligibility

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Digital Short Edition project on STORYHIVE and receive a grant:
  • VIDEO LENGTH: Minimum 15 minutes and Maximum 20 minutes
  • FORMAT: HD (submitting an additional 4K version is optional)
  • CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
  • DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 pm PST, May 31, 2019.
  • CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with TELUS STORYHIVE. You must have all necessary release forms and the rights to all the music (including synchronization and master use rights) and all other material, performances, etc. in your Project.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in the 2018 Documentary Edition Submission Rules.
 

Eligible Categories

Projects should fall into the following one category:
  • Documentary

Ineligible Categories

While STORYHIVE does not wish to limit the types of content or applications that it funds, the following are projects that are ineligible for the 2018 STORYHIVE Documentary Edition:
  • Fictional projects (including mockumentaries);
  • Music Videos;
  • Episodic (a single pilot episode is acceptable);
  • Lifestyle shows, Reality TV, “How to” docs  and docusoaps;
  • News and Reporting;
  • Video Game and other applications; and
  • Websites

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters).
o  Provide your contact phone number.
o  Provide your address. 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project which is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period.
The following information is required:
  • Project Title
  • Logline (enter text, maximum 120 characters total)
  • Synopsis (enter text, maximum 800 characters)
  • Detailed Pitch Document (maximum 3 pages) Here’s your chance to tell us more about your project. (NOTE: This document will not be public facing and will only be available to the STORYHIVE team and the jury.) 
    Include a story outline for the documentary, and you may want to consider the following questions - What are the key ideas you want to convey? Why this story? Why now? Why are you the one to tell it? How are you going to tell it (style of documentary, visuals, structure, use of narration, etc)? Who are you making this for (your target audience)? Who are your main subjects? Have they agreed to participate?
  • Background links (optional; provide up to 3 relevant links)
  • Genre (Documentary)
  • Target Audience (select one from list)
  • Target Length (enter minutes; minimum 15, maximum 20)
  • Grant Ask (confirm $50K grant ask)
  • Max 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)
Optional items: This is your opportunity to tell us and the community more about your project.
  • Interview Roster
  • Visual Style/Production Design
  • Target Audience Information
  • Community Connections
  • Promotional Plan

Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
•  MAX 60 SECOND PITCH VIDEO (share a YouTube embed link)
Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why should we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
  • Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
  • Get inspired! Seed and Spark has great tips for pitch videos.
•  PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
  • Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
  • You must have rights to use the image.
  • The image must include your project title.
    • IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card should be displayed at its full size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
  • Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
  • You must have the rights to use the image.
  • The image must include your project title. 
  • When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  OPTIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS 
You can EITHER share a link to a video up to 2 minutes long OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
  • Interview Roster: highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
  • Visual Style/Production Design: share a sneak peek of your visual approach, locations, or lighting
  • Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community? In what city or town is your project being produced?
  • Audience: Who are you making this for? Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
  • Promotional Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a marketing strategy to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team

Documentation

6) Complete the Documentation for your application​ 

To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ 

All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of noon (12:00 pm) PST on July 3, 2018. Please take the time to review your application and ensure that you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.

No materials may be submitted after the deadline.

 

Voting

Voting Details


When does voting happen?
For this edition voting happens from July 30 at noon (12:00 pm) PST to August 2, 2018 at 12 noon PST.

Are all projects eligible to receive votes during the voting period?
Yes, the public can vote for any project that has been submitted. 

How do I make sure my project is considered by the jury?
All submitted projects will be eligible for consideration by the jury.

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.

Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.


How does voting work?
  • Community votes determine 50% (15) of the projects that receive grants.  
  • When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
  • You can choose to support one project or several.
  • You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favourite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favourites.
  • You must cast your votes during the voting period.
  • When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.

Teams

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead who is applying for the grant and owns the content. The Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role will be filled by a self-identified female. We do not require their name or that they be a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a self-identified female fulfill one of the following eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Head Animator (for Animation applications only), Storyboard Artist (for Animation projects only), Editor, Composer. 

Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

STORYHIVE Animation Edition

STORYHIVE is for all British Columbia and Alberta based content creators –filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Animation Edition of STORYHIVE.  

The Animation Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning October 17, 2016 and is comprised of two phases.

Each winning Animation Short idea gets 1 of 10 X $10,000 production grants.
The top 10 animation shorts from BC & AB then move on to the next Phase where one winner receives the Top Award, consisting of customized career training, leading up to attendance at the 2017 Ottawa Animation Festival (includes an industry pass, hotel and lodging).   

How it works

STORYHIVE Animation Edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / October 17 - November 9 (3.5 WEEKS)
•  Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their animation short concept.
PROMOTE + VOTE / November 16 – November 17 (1 DAY)
•  TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to decide which animation shorts get funded. The community also help by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / November 24 – May 26 (7 MONTHS)
•  Based on voting results social score and professional evaluation the STORYHIVE Jury awards 10 projects each up to $10K each to produce a animation short (2-5 minutes).
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE AGAIN / June 5 - June 9 (5 DAYS)
•  TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and on the go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a second round of voting. 
DELIBERATE + AWARD / June 9 - June 22 (13 DAYS)
•  One lucky animation short will receive an additional Top Award consisting of customized career training, leading up to attendance at the 2017 Ottawa Animation Festival (includes an industry pass, hotel and lodging).  
 

Eligibility

Eligible Projects

To be eligible to apply to be a Top Project on STORYHIVE and receive a Grant:
  • the Project must have an Animation Lead attached to the project
  • must fall into one of the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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);
  • 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);
  • 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);
  • the Project must not have been already started and/or seeking completion funding;
  • the Project cannot have been previously licensed to a broadcaster or appeared on a major network; and
  • where the Project must either be in English or can be either sub-titled or versioned into English

 

Eligible Categories

The application process is open to projects that don’t typically fit into the conventional short film genre. We’re looking to a wider cross section of Creators to apply and “grow the hive”.
Animation Shorts should fall into ONLY ONE of following three categories:
•  Comedy
•  Drama
•  Documentary

 

Ineligible Categories

Ineligible Project Categories  
•  Music Videos
•  Experimental 
•  Web Series or Episodics
•  Political, and/or issue-driven documentaries
•  Reality TV and docusoaps
•  Video games and other applications
•  Websites
 

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
 VIDEO LENGTH:  Minimum 2 and Maximum 5 minutes 
•  FORMAT: HD
•  CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
 DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. May 26, 2017.
•  CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with Optik Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules.
 

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. 
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)
•  Target Audience* (select one from list)
•  Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 2, maximum 5)
•  Grant Ask* (confirm $10K grant ask)
•  60 second pitch video* (enter 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 two (2) additional submission checklist items from the following content options:
•  Interview Roster (only for documentaries)
•  Character Breakdown
•  Audience
•  Community Connections
•  Production Design
•  Storyboards
•  Promotional and Marketing Plan
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
•  60 SECOND MAX PITCH VIDEO* 
   Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support  your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
•  PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full  size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
   Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
•   Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
•   Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
•   Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•   Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•   Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•   Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
•   Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

 5) Build your Team

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ 
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 5:00p.m. PST on May 26, 2017 Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.
 

Voting

Voting Details

When does voting happen?
For this Edition Phase 1 voting happens from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2016 and Phase 2 voting happens from Jun. 5 to Jun. 9, 2017

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.

Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.

How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favorite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favorites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.
 

Teams

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead, who is applying for the grant, and must be accompanied by an Animation Lead.  The Project lead can be the Animation Lead as well. Each Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role is to be filled by a self-identified female creator. We do not require the name of the female creator or that they are a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a female fulfill one of the eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Musical Artist (for Music Video applications only), and Head Animator and Storyboard Artist (for Animation applications only). Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

Web Series Edition

STORYHIVE is for all British Columbia and Alberta based Content Creators –filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Web Series edition of STORYHIVE.

Web Series is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning March 11, 2016 and is comprised of two phases.

Each winning Web Series idea gets 1 of 30 X $10,000 production grants.The top 30 web series from BC & AB then move on to the next Phase where one winner in each province receives the Top Award, an additional grant of $50,000 to produce and additional production of 5-7 episodes of their webseries.

HOW IT WORKS

STORYHIVE Web Series edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / March 11 – April 11 (4 WEEKS)
• Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their web series pilot.
PROMOTE + VOTE / April 18 – April 25 (1 WEEK)
• TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to decide which web series pilots get funded. The  community also helps by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / May 4 – July 27 (12 WEEKS)
• Based on voting results, social score and a TELUS jury, 15 projects are selected in both British Columbia and Alberta and will receive a $10K each to produce a web series pilot. 
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE AGAIN / August 8 – August 12 (4 DAYS)
• On TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and on the go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a second round of voting. 
DELIBERATE + AWARD / August 15 – August 17 (2 DAYS)
2 projects, one from British Columbia and one from Alberta, will be chosen to receive Top Awards consisting of an additional grant of $50,000 to produce and additional 5-7 episodes of their webseries. 

Eligibility

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
• VIDEO LENGTH:  Minimum 2 and Maximum 10 minutes 
• FORMAT: HD
• CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
• DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. July 27, 2016.
• CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with OptikTM Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules

Ineligible Projects

While STORYHIVE does not wish to limit the types of content or applications that it funds, 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.

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile 

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. 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)
•  Category* (select one from Scripted, Factual, Other)
•  Target Audience* (select one from list)
•  Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 2, maximum 10)
•  Grant Ask* (enter dollar value, maximum $10K)
•  60 second pitch video* (enter 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 two (2) additional submission checklist items from the following content options:
•  Interview Roster
•  Character Breakdown
•  Audience
•  Community Connections
•  Production Design
•  Storyboards
•  Promotional Plan
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
• 60 SECOND MAX PITCH VIDEO* 
  Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
• PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full  size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
  Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.

•  Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
•  Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
•  Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•  Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•  Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•  Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
•  Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team 

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00 noon PST on Monday, April 11, 2016. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.

Voting

Voting Details

When does voting happen?
For this edition Phase 1 voting happens from April 18 – 25, 2016 and Phase 2 voting happens from August 8 – 12, 2016.

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.

Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.

How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favourite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favourites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.
 

Team

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead who is applying for the grant. Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

Web Series Edition

STORYHIVE is for all British Columbia and Alberta based Content Creators – filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Web Series Edition of STORYHIVE.

Web Series Pilot Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning August 21, 2017 and is comprised of two phases.

Each winning Web Series Pilot idea gets 1 of 30 X $10,000 production grants. The Top 30 web series pilots from BC & AB then move on to the next Phase where one winner in each province receives the Top Award, an additional grant of $50,000 to produce 5-6 episodes of their web series plus training and mentorship.

HOW IT WORKS

STORYHIVE Web Series edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / August 21 – September 11 (4 WEEKS)
• Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their web series pilot.
PROMOTE + VOTE / September 18 – September 22 (1 WEEK)
• TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to decide which web series pilots get funded. The community also helps by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / September 23 – January 22, 2018 (14 WEEKS)
• Based on voting results, social score and professional evaluation, 30 projects are selected in British Columbia and Alberta and will receive $10K each to produce a web series pilot. 
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE AGAIN / February 5 – February 9 (4 DAYS)
• On TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and on the go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a second round of voting. 
DELIBERATE + AWARD / February 22 – February 23 (2 DAYS)
Two projects, one from British Columbia and one from Alberta, will be chosen to receive Top Awards consisting of an additional grant of $50,000 plus training and mentorship to produce and additional 5-6 episodes of their web series. 

Eligibility

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
• VIDEO LENGTH:  minimum 3 and maximum 10 minutes 
• FORMAT: HD
• CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
• DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. January 22, 2018.
• CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with TELUS STORYHIVE. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules

Ineligible Projects

While STORYHIVE does not wish to limit the types of content or applications that it funds, 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.

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile 

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. 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)
•  Target Audience* (select one from list)
•  Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 10)
•  Grant Ask* (confirm  $10K grant ask)
•  60 second maximum pitch video* (enter 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 two (2) additional submission checklist items from the following content options:
•  Interview Roster (only for documentary series)
•  Character Breakdown
•  Audience
•  Community Connections
•  Production Design
•  Storyboards
•  Promotional Plan
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
• 60 SECOND MAX PITCH VIDEO* 
  Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
• PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• PROJECT BOX ART* 
This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
• x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
  Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.

•  Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
•  Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
•  Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•  Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•  Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•  Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
•  Promotional Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

5) Build your Team 

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 12:00 noon PST on September 11, 2017. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.

Voting

Voting Details

When does voting happen?
For this edition Phase 1 voting happens from September 18 - 22, 2017 and Phase 2 voting happens from February 5 - 9, 2018.

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.

Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.

How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favourite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favourites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.
 

Team

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead who is applying for the grant and owns the content. The Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role is to be filled by a self-identified female creator. We do not require the name of the female creator or that they are a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a female fulfill one of the eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Musical Artist (for Music Video applications only), and Head Animator and Storyboard Artist (for Animation applications only.

Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

STORYHIVE Digital Shorts

STORYHIVE is for all British Columbia and Alberta based content creators –filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Digital Shorts edition of STORYHIVE.  

Digital Shorts is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning August 26, 2015 and is comprised of two phases.

Each winning Digital Short idea gets 1 of 30 X $10,000 production grants.
The top 30 digital shorts from BC & AB then move on to the next Phase where one winner in each province receives the Top Award, each consisting of customized career training and mentorship programs, a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival, and distribution on select TELUS platforms.

How it works

STORYHIVE Digital Short edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / August 26 - October 11 (6.5 WEEKS)
•  Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their digital short concept.
PROMOTE + VOTE / October 26 – November 9 (2 WEEKS)
•  TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to decide which digital shorts get funded. The community also help by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / November 10 – February 8 (12 WEEKS AND 5 DAYS)
•  Based on voting results social score and professional evaluation the STORYHIVE Jury awards 15 projects each in British Columbia and Alberta up to $10K each to produce a digital short (2-10 minutes).
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE AGAIN / February 9 - March 4 (4 WEEKS)
•  TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and on the go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a second round of voting. 
DELIBERATE +AWARD / March 7  - March 11 (5 DAYS)
•  One lucky digital short in each province will receive an additional Top Award consisting of customized career training, and a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival, to take their careers to the next level.

Eligibility

Eligible Categories

The application process is open to projects that don’t typically fit into the conventional short film genre. We’re looking to a wider cross section of Creators to apply and “grow the hive”.
Digital Shorts should fall into ONLY ONE of following three categories:
•  Scripted (comedy, drama, spoken word)
•  Factual (live action, POV, biographical)
•  Other (experimental, animation, visual art, art house, video installation, stop motion and dance.

Ineligible Categories

Ineligible Project Categories  
•  Music Videos
•  Web Series
•  Episodic
•  Political, and/or issue-driven documentaries
•  Reality TV and docusoaps
•  Video games and other applications
•  Websites

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
 VIDEO LENGTH:  Minimum 2 and Maximum 10 minutes 
•  FORMAT: HD
•  CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
 DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. February 8, 2016.
•  CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with Optik Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules.
 

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. 
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 2, maximum 10)
•  Grant Ask* (enter dollar value, maximum $10K)
•  60 second pitch video* (enter 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 two (2) additional submission checklist items from the following content options:
•  Interview Roster
•  Character Breakdown
•  Audience
•  Community Connections
•  Production Design
•  Storyboards
•  Promotional Plan
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
•  60 SECOND MAX PITCH VIDEO* 
   Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support   your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
•  PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full  size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
   Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
•   Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
•   Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
•   Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•   Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•   Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•   Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
•   Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

 5) Build your Team

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ 
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 5:00 p.m. PST on July 10, 2017. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.
 

Voting

Voting Details

When does voting happen?
For this edition Phase 1 voting happens from April 24th to May 1st, 2017 and Phase 2 voting happens from July 24th to July 28, 2017

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.

Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.

How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favorite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favorites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.
 

Teams

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead who is applying for the grant. Projects may also have additional team members who are displayed on the project's TEAM tab, located top left of each project page. Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.

Guidelines

Overview

STORYHIVE Digital Shorts: Female Director Edition

STORYHIVE is for all British Columbia and Alberta based content creators –filmmakers, artists, directors, writers, musicians, performers, and animators – to conceive and pitch their ideas for the Digital Shorts: Female Director Edition of STORYHIVE.  

Digital Shorts: Female Director Edition is launching in British Columbia and Alberta beginning August 18, 2016 and is comprised of two phases.

Each winning Digital Short idea gets 1 of 30 X $10,000 production grants.
The top 30 digital shorts from BC & AB then move on to the next Phase where one winner in each province receives the Top Award, each consisting of customized career training, mentorship opportunities leading up to attendance at the Banff World Media Festival to help elevate their careers and distribution on select TELUS platforms.
 

How it works

STORYHIVE Digital Shorts: Female Director Edition unfolds as follows:

Phase 1
PITCH + PLAN / August 18 - September 12 (3.5 WEEKS)
•  Content creators apply for grants by submitting a multimedia application for their digital short concept.
PROMOTE + VOTE / September 19 – September 23 (4 DAYS)
•  TELUS publishes the applications online and the community votes to decide which digital shorts get funded. The community also help by sharing their favourite projects with their social networks.
DELIBERATE + AWARD + PRODUCE / September 26 – January 16 (16 WEEKS)
•  Based on voting results social score and professional evaluation the STORYHIVE Jury awards 15 projects each in British Columbia and Alberta up to $10K each to produce a digital short (3-10 minutes).
Phase 2
DISTRIBUTE + WATCH + VOTE AGAIN / February 6 - February 10 (5 DAYS)
•  TELUS OptikTM TV On Demand, online and on the go, audiences watch content produced by and for the community. Phase 2 of the competition begins with a second round of voting. 
DELIBERATE + AWARD / February 10  - February 23 (13 DAYS)
•  One lucky digital short in each province will receive an additional Top Award consisting of customized career training, and a scholarship to the Banff World Media Festival, to take their careers to the next level.
 

Eligibility

Eligible Categories

The application process is open to projects that don’t typically fit into the conventional short film genre. We’re looking to a wider cross section of Creators to apply and “grow the hive”.
Digital Shorts should fall into ONLY ONE of following four categories:
•  Comedy
•  Drama
•  Documentary
•  Experimental
 

Ineligible Categories

Ineligible Project Categories  
•  Music Videos
•  Animation
•  Web Series
•  Episodic
•  Political, and/or issue-driven documentaries
•  Reality TV and docusoaps
•  Video games and other applications
•  Websites
 

Content Requirements

Eligibility content requirements for grant recipients
 VIDEO LENGTH:  Minimum 3 and Maximum 10 minutes 
•  FORMAT: HD
•  CRTC: Content must comply 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), in addition to being categorized with a G or PG rating.
 DELIVERY DEADLINE: If awarded a grant, the Project Lead must be able to deliver the finished program on or before 5:00 p.m. January 16, 2017.
•  CHAIN OF TITLE: If awarded a grant, Project Leads must be able to provide complete, clean, unencumbered chain of title (proof of rights ownership) for the project and must enter into a grant agreement with Optik Local. You must have the rights to use the music and all other material, performances, etc. in your video.
Please see the section labeled Eligible Projects found in Competition Rules.
 

Submission Requirements

Creator Profile

1) Complete your Creator Profile

Project Title

2) Register your Project Title
•  Login and navigate to your creator profile (top right).
•  If your profile status is incomplete, you first must complete the mandatory fields.
•  If your profile status is “eligible to apply for grant”, you will be prompted to register a project.
o  Enter a project title (maximum 60 characters)
o  Provide your contact phone number
o  Provide the first 3 digits of your postal code 

Project Details

3) Provide your Project Details
Your project details consist of a brief written overview of your project and is published on your project page during the voting period. The project details form is located in your project dashboard. The form takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can SAVE, EDIT and PREVIEW your progress throughout the application period. 
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, Experimental)
•  Target Audience* (select one from list)
•  Target Length* (enter minutes; minimum 3, maximum 10)
•  Grant Ask* (confirm $10K grant ask)
•  60 second pitch video* (enter 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 two (2) additional submission checklist items from the following content options:
•  Interview Roster (only for documentaries)
•  Character Breakdown
•  Audience
•  Community Connections
•  Production Design
•  Storyboards
•  Promotional and Marketing Plan
Please ensure that you have the rights and/or permissions to use this content – that includes photos and images.
 

Multimedia Content

4) Upload Multimedia Content
•  60 SECOND MAX PITCH VIDEO* 
   Who are you? What’s your story idea? Why do we care? Create a short pitch video that appeals to the community voters to support   your project for funding. Provide a YouTube embed link.
o Be creative! Your video will be shared on social networks and featured on the voting homepage. Does it present a compelling bid for support?
o Get inspired! Kickstarter has great tips for pitch videos.
•  PROJECT TITLE CARD* 
  This image or graphic represents your project on STORYHIVE and social networks. Make it memorable!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 1920x1080 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title.
IMPORTANT note on displaying your title: On your project page, the title card will be displayed at its full  size (1920x1080 pixels). On the social networks, the image will be cropped square. When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  PROJECT BOX ART* 
  This image or graphic represent your project on STORYHIVE on the Voting page. Make it stand out!
o Upload JPEG, PNG; 480x688 pixels; maximum 6MB file size
o You must have rights to use the image.
o The image must include your project title. 
• When you upload your image to STORYHIVE, you will be asked to use the crop tool to select where you want the crop zone to be positioned.
•  x2 ADDITIONAL CONTENT SUBMISSIONS* 
   Submit at least two additional content items from the list below. You can EITHER share a link to a 2-minute max video OR submit a series of captioned images for each additional item.
•   Interview Roster: for documentary projects, highlight your key interviews. How will they advance your story?
•   Character Breakdowns: for fictional projects, give us a snapshot of your core cast of characters. 
•   Community Connections: how will your video project involve, impact, represent or reflect the local community?
•   Production Design: share a sneak peek of locations, costumes, props, lighting or post FX.
•   Storyboards: storyboard a scene or sequence to showcase your production planning skills.
•   Audience: Who is your target audience - age, gender, etc.? Profile them for us so we know who your main target is.
•   Promotional/Marketing Plan: Beyond the story, do you have a secret marketing weapon or social media stunt to engage audiences?

Team

Build your Team

Documentation

6) Complete your Documentation and Application 
To complete your application documentation please follow the prompts on your project page. For more information on this, please refer to our FAQ 
Submitting materials after the deadline:
All materials must be uploaded before the deadline of 5:00p.m. PST on January 16, 2016. Please take the time to review our sample entry and ensure you have all materials ready and up to date upon submission.
 

Voting

Voting Details

When does voting happen?
For this Edition Phase 1 voting happens from Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, 2016 and Phase 2 voting happens from Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, 2017

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote.

Do they have to sign up to vote?
There is no required sign-up for this edition. Sign-up is optional and is designed to encourage fair play with a minimum barrier to entry (a verified email). Allowing unlimited votes from unknown users would increase the risk of gaming the platform. All voter accounts will be audited algorithmically for potential gaming.

How does voting work?
•  Community votes determine which projects get grants. 
•  When voting opens, all users get 5 votes daily.
•  You can choose to support one project or several.
•  You can cast a maximum of 1 vote for your favorite project per day - but keep coming back to vote for your top 5 favorites.
•  You must cast your votes during the voting period.
•  When you cast votes they are deducted from your total. Click on any VOTE button to see how many votes you have left.
 

Teams

Team Members

All projects have a Project Lead, who is applying for the grant. Each Project Lead must ensure that at least one key creative role is to be filled by a self-identified female creator. We do not require the name of the female creator or that they are a part of the STORYHIVE Creator Directory. We only require that the Project Lead acknowledges that they need to have a female fulfill one of the eligible key roles in the production of the funded project: Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Musical Artist (for Music Video applications only), and Head Animator and Storyboard Artist (for Animation applications only). Learn more about project team members by clicking VIEW PROFILE.