What kinds of projects does STORYHIVE fund?
What projects are STORYHIVE projects?
From fiction to documentaries, animations to web series, STORYHIVE funds screen-based projects of all kinds. Regardless of the medium, we focus on projects that tell stories that are locally reflective. All STORYHIVE projects must be rated G or PG.
What does "locally reflective" mean?
STORYHIVE projects must be reflective of the community in which the Project Lead resides to receive funding. This funding requirement is open for creative interpretation and innovation!
Let’s say you’re a Project Lead who resides in Port Moody, BC. While it is important that your project conveys a sense of place that connects the viewer with elements of the Port Moody community, the project does not need to directly relay the history or events of Port Moody in order for it to be eligible
Your locally reflective project can, instead, artfully capture Port Moody’s people, culture, environment and community. Your project may, for example, follow the journey of two protagonists as they work towards a shared goal with Port Moody as the backdrop. The project will then reflect Port Moody’s local community, even if Port Moody is not a central plot point.
However, if you’re inspired by your community’s history, we welcome you to follow that inspiration! STORYHIVE also welcomes projects that directly spotlight the factual history or events of the community.
We do require that at least 75% of every project is filmed in the Project Lead’s community of residence, and that at least 75% of the production grant is spent in the Project Lead’s community of residence.
Are there any other restrictions I should know about?
STORYHIVE operates under CRTC’s Community Access programming policies. 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.
If your project touches on political or partisan issues, there are some regulatory items you need to be aware of. In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies, applicants or project material from the following groups are excluded from eligibility:
Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services).
Political organizations and candidates.
Advocacy or special interest groups.
CRTC guidelines stipulate that any projects exploring issues of public concern (e.g. current events or “hot button” issues) must ensure they provide a reasonable, balanced analysis of the topic.
For more information about how to present a reasonable, balanced analysis, check out this article.